“Hawkeye has impacted me hugely!” says Sam McCord, CEO and founder of MCG BioComposites, LLC. “It provided a launching pad to get me into the field of soil and materials engineering.”
McCord graduated from Hawkeye Institute of Technology in 1974 with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He is proud of his degree from Hawkeye, as it provided him hands-on experience and laid the groundwork for his success. He was fortunate to be hired by one of the finest soil and materials engineering firms in the U.S., where he was responsible for multi-million dollar projects with John Deere in Waterloo, Davenport, and Moline, Illinois.
His success in business expanded to his own companies. He started three companies, received federal grants for product development, and has received patents and registered trademarks for his products. McCord started MCG BioComposites to handle the growth in bio-based materials. BioComposites materials are a blend of biomass, i.e., corn cobs, flax shive, coconut fiber, and wood fibers that, when incorporated into recycled plastics through a process of compounding, enhance the strength and durability of the material making for a more robust product.
He developed his own brand of plant identification markers – MCG BioMarkers® – to be used by arboretums, botanical gardens, public gardens and the lawn and garden markets.
“I love the freedom to do what I choose and have the opportunity to create, build, and sell what I do,” he said. “I love the challenge and the risks associated with business ownership.”
His other business, McCord Consulting Group, Inc., which provided executive search, business development, and business acquisition search to the plastics industry, was used to launch his current business, MCG BioComposites, LLC.
McCord offers advice to current Hawkeye students: “Be a sponge and take it all in and help your fellow students. Don’t be afraid of failure, but learn from it and move on.”
Alumni Day at the Grout Museum of History and Science
Saturday, January 21, 2017
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION for all alumni to the exhibit Hawkeye Community College:
50 Years of Making Connections
Door Prizes and Drawings
Connect with the Hawkeye Alumni Association
About the Program
Civil and Construction Engineering Technology
The Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program prepares students for entry-level work with civil engineers, contractors, architects, and government agencies at the city, county, and state levels, as well as the public. Civil engineering technicians apply the principles of civil engineering technology and surveying technology in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities. They do hands-on work and use high-tech equipment in various kinds of projects under the direction of engineering staff.