Professor Uses Unused Sick Time To Do Good
by Associated Press
May 11, 2013 7:13 PM
A professor of civil and environmental engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology plans to give something back now that he's retiring.
Marion R. Hansen is donating his accrued sick leave to create an endowment that will continue to fund research he has been conducting on concrete.
Hansen started the program with an unused-sick-leave payout of $20,000, after taxes. He hopes to match it by raising $20,000 more through a series of themed retirement parties and fundraisers.
Hansen has spent nearly 30 years trying to find unusual and innovative ways to use concrete - from concrete canoes to concrete planes and concrete that automatically fixes its own cracks.
The professor jokes that having a lot of money makes him nervous.