Engineering Firm Supporting Student Success
Alumni-founded HSA Engineers & Scientists has donated $100,000 to further a renovation project at Engineering II building.
By Janet Gillis
Special to USF News
TAMPA, Fla (Oct. 17, 2012) – HSA Engineers & Scientists, founded by University of South Florida College of Engineering alumni Nick Albergo and Dave Scott, has donated $100,000 toward the renovation of the Engineering II building to include a multi-disciplinary learning center for students called an “educational epicenter.”
Scott, a member of the college’s Advisory Board said, “HSA Engineers & Scientists is proud to be able to support such a well-planned and realized space renovation. We believe the positive exposure our sponsorship will provide for our business over the years will enhance our symbiotic relationship with the College, helping both the engineering community and the college.”
Albergo and Scott met as undergraduate students in civil engineering and two more opposite personalities could not be found. Scott, who served as the company’s vice president and treasurer for most of its history, was the quiet, studious one. But, Albergo, HSA’s president, was the other end of the spectrum. He came to class barefoot and often with his dog in tow. He regularly parked in the dean’s reserved parking spot, much to the dismay of Glenn Burdick, then-dean of the college.
“The College of Engineering is so fortunate to have such dedicated alumni that support our vision and goals with their time, talent and treasure,” said John Wiencek, current dean of the College of Engineering. “Both Nick and Dave have been long-time fans of the college and remain involved with our students on a personal and professional basis.
“Nick is a Professor of the Practice in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and provides important ‘real world’ experience for our students outside of the confines of the USF campus,” said Wiencek. “We are all focused on our students and the region’s economic health and partners like HSA help us achieve great things.”
Scott added, “We plan to rotate exhibits of engineering works from companies throughout the area on the walls of the classroom to inspire students, and reflect the result their education has on creating their world.”
Albergo and Scott started the company that would eventually become HSA in 1989. Today, HSA has 300 employees in 14 offices in eight states and its corporate office is located directly across from campus on Fowler Avenue.
HSA’s conference room in their Tampa office is the old USF bookstore. A reserved parking spot for Albergo has a sign in front of it that reads “Dean of the College of Engineering.” Employees often park in the spot.
Key partners critical to the successful growth of HSA showcase several USF alumni, including Ron Maggard, Brian Moore, Scott Linteau, Steve Janosik and Ralph Moon.
Janet Gillis can be reached at 813-974-3485.