CEO of One of Colorado’s Largest Companies to Speak at Colorado State University October 2

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Ralph R. Peterson, chairman and CEO of Englewood-based CH2M HILL Companies Ltd., will speak to students and the campus community as part of a visit to Colorado State University’s College of Business on Oct. 2.

Peterson will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the East Ballroom of Colorado State’s Lory Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required at

The speech will be followed by a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30 p.m. at the college’s Rockwell Hall. The university will begin construction on an expansion to the building.

CH2M HILL is a global leader, employing 25,000 people worldwide and providing consulting engineering, project development, design, procurement, construction and operation services to a wide variety of public and private clients. The company tackles issues related to water, environment, transportation, energy, telecommunications, chemicals and nuclear facilities.

A few of CH2M HILL’s more prominent projects include serving as project manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, expansion of the Panama Canal, expansion of the Mumbai airport and the Thames Tideway tunneling project in the United Kingdom.

CH2M HILL stays closely connected to Colorado State’s College of Engineering by hiring graduates from the college.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for College of Business students and others around campus to learn from one of the most influential CEOs in Colorado," said College of Business Dean Ajay Menon. "We are grateful to Mr. Peterson for taking time out of his very busy schedule to help our students relate their studies to the corporate world."

Peterson has worked for CH2M HILL since 1965. He served as the technology director before being appointed CEO in 1991. During his time at the firm, Peterson has been involved in project engineering, construction and project management roles as well as development and application of environmental, water and industrial process technologies.

Peterson has developed a long list of community projects within the engineering industry and sustainable development field. He also acts as a private sector delegate at international forums for the World Water Forum and China’s National Sustainable Development Conference.  

Peterson served as an industry co-chairman for the White House initiative "Technology for a Sustainable Future" from 1994 to 1996 and as chairman of the CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technology from 1996 to 2004. Currently, Peterson is chairman of the Engineering and Construction Governors of the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Business Environment Leadership Council of the Pew Center for Global Climate Change.

Throughout his career, Peterson has received many awards for his contributions including the American Society of Civil Engineers: ASCE President’s Medal and ASCE OPAL Award, the Keystone Center Leadership in Industry Award, and the Institute of International Education Corporation Leadership Award.