Person of Distinction

Butch Gerbrandt: Getting involved

2012-11-04T06:41:00Z Butch Gerbrandt: Getting involved Montana Standard
November 04, 2012 6:41 am

Butch Gerbrandt certainly has been doing his homework.

As a long-time professor at Montana Tech, he’s credited with starting many programs that have helped his students advance.

Gerbrandt, who teaches general engineering, started the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders three years ago. The program takes students to foreign countries to work on needed engineering projects such as new bridges or dams.

When he first started the group, there were about five active members.

In three years, the program has grown to about 30 active participants. The group is currently working on a project in El Salvador to fix a washed out road in a poor, rural community.

“I’m very happy with the growth of the club and the interest it has

generated from the campus and the community,” he said.

Gerbrandt also was instrumental in getting the university students involved in the National Environmental Design Contest 20 years ago. He said Montana Tech has seen much success in that event, winning three championships and consistently finishing within the top three each year.

He is also one of the founding members of Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization. He was active in getting the Acoma building restored, which now is being used by businesses and tenants.

“That place was slated for the wrecking ball,” he said.

Gerbrandt is married to Gretchen Geller and they have a daughter,

Lew Yong Gerbrandt, who is in college.

— Standard staff

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