Community Involvement

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At IEI, We believe in supporting the communities where we live and work. As part of our corporate commitment, our firm members become personally involved by working with local, regional and national governments, charitable organizations, and schools. As a firm, we have created charitable organizations geared towards addressing social and economic issues in the neighborhoods we serve.

Christmas in the 9th Ward 

IEI, along with other community leaders, sponsors an annual holiday event benefiting underprivileged children and their families in the 9th ward by providing Christmas gifts, fun and entertainment for over 250 families. 

The Heart of Christmas 

In Peoria, IEI sponsors an annual holiday toy giveaway along with a visit from Santa, entertainment, and holiday cheer for over 200 children. 

National Organization of Minority Engineers

The National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME) was created to promote the advancement of minority owned and operated engineering firms through education and advocacy.  

SENSE School Food Pantry

IEI funded a food pantry for the Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE), a charter school attended by students in kindergarten through sixth grade in Marion County, Indiana.

Education Outreach

We share our passion for engineering with students, and encourage the pursuit of science, math, and technology through mentoring, internships, and the following annual scholarships, focusing on underserved communities:

  • Northwestern University - IEI sponsors a scholarship earmarked to assist disadvantaged minority students studying to be civil engineers at Northwestern University. Established in 2005, the scholarship is funded each year by a single contribution from IEI's president, Michael Sutton, who graduated from Northwestern University and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.
  • Chicago State University - This merit-based scholarship is awarded to a student in the business school who shows outstanding achievement and leadership. Mr. Sutton attended Chicago State University as a summer school student in his pursuit of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Northwestern University.