As immigrants to the United States from India, Laxmi and Raj Mrig found tremendous career success through perseverance and the power of education. Now they’re paying it forward with a new scholarship for undergraduate engineering students at CU Boulder.
Arriving in the U.S. in January 1970, Laxmi Mrig used a full scholarship to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Texas in Arlington. After working at Stearns Roger designing power plants for six years, he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to research emerging solar photovoltaic technology. While at NREL, he competed an Executive MBA degree from the University of Denver.
Raj Mrig came to the U.S. in 1974 and graduated from the University of Denver with an MBA – a degree also completed with the help of scholarship support. She worked at Mobil until 1986.
Together, the couple launched EUCI, an organization based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, that provides professional development training to individuals working in the energy, oil/gas, water/wastewater and infrastructure industries. Over more than 35 years in business, EUCI has provided education to more than 150,000 professionals.
With education as the backbone of their successes, it’s only natural that the Mrigs chose to enable future generations to better their lives through education. As a gesture of thanks for the United States universities who helped Laxmi and Raj earn their graduate degrees, the couple made a five-year commitment in spring 2021 to support undergraduate scholarships in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder.
“Education supported by scholarships has been the main vehicle that has helped spring us out of our modest background and into successful professional careers,” Laxmi Mrig said. “Colorado has been the state where we elected to raise our family and started our professional careers and business. Thus, we thought it was appropriate to pay it forward by supporting educational scholarships at the leading engineering university in the state.”