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College Lecture – King Husein: "Success Without Compromise"

Thursday, November 09
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
JSB Auditorium

King Husein is an Indian American engineer and the founder and CEO of Span Construction and Engineering (SPAN) one of the country's largest steel building design and construction companies based in Madera, California.

Husein was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India into a Muslim family. His father died when he was 11, and his mother raised the four children on money she earned teaching embroidery on foot-powered Singer sewing machines. He completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Bombay. Originally, he was slated to attend Rice University, but based on the recommendation of a friend, he diverted to Provo, Utah, and enrolled at Brigham Young University. He obtained a master's degree in structural engineering in 1971 from BYU.

Husein donated $10 million to the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering in 2020 to set up an endowment focused on ethics and integrity and also funded the King and Diane Husein Endowed Professorship in Civil & Environmental Engineering since 2002. Husein served as the Volunteer Fundraising Committee Chair for the new $85 million BYU Engineering Building.

Husein is married to Diane Clark, from Star Valley, Wyoming, and they have four children.

College of Engineering