Brian R. Bluhm was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 19, 1981. His family moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1984 and then to Louisville, Ky., in 1990. He graduated secondary school at duPont Manual in Louisville and then earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in December 2004.
While Brian was serving as a teacher’s assistant and earning his master's degree at Tech, he focused on water resources, and his main area of research was sustainability of water quantity using safe yield of a reservoir during a critical drought period. He was also interested in hydrology, hydraulic structures, and water resources planning/law.
Brian was a member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, among other organizations. His thirst for knowledge was endless and his interests were wide-ranging. His first love was for God, and his relationship with Him was shown through his kindness, his warm smile, memorable laugh, and his friendliness with everyone he met. He loved his family and his friends.
Growing up, Brian had a strong passion for sports, particularly baseball. His favorite team was the Detroit Tigers, which he studied and analyzed throughout his life, even when the regular season was over. He was a regular poster on the Motownsports.com message board and several other boards. Brian also had a passion for learning, particularly music, history, nature, and animals.
Brian loved Virginia Tech sports, especially football and basketball. He showed up for games in Virginia Tech colors to show his support.
Brian had passed the first section of his Professional Engineer exam and had recently accepted a position to join an engineering firm, Hatch Mott MacDonald, in Hunt Valley, Md., He was preparing to move to an apartment in the Baltimore Metro area in June.
Brian would want to be remembered for his love of God, family, and friends, the Detroit Tigers, and Virginia Tech. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
Memorials for Brian R. Bluhm can be made to:
Brian Bluhm BCM Student Programming Fund
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
307 Washington St. SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Masters student, Civil Engineering
Student since fall 2000
Master of Science, Civil Engineering
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