UND Alum Steve Martin Returns To Campus For Time Out Week Keynote

UND alumnus Steve Martin and his wife, Arzu, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo provided by Steve Martin.

UND alum Steve Martin has always welcomed challenges and changes.

That mindset and his passion for environmentally friendly energy, including renewable energy, have taken him all over the world.

Martin, a 1989 graduate in mechanical engineering, co-founded KS Energy, a power generation and asset management company in Botswana, Africa.

Martin, who lives in Turkey, returns to campus next week to give the keynote talk for Time Out Week, the annual conference at UND that delves into important issues in American Indian culture. The talk is set for 10 a.m. Friday, April 20 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

He will come bearing gifts: He is offering three internships in Botswana to American Indian students.

It’s key to experience another culture, Martin said.

An enrolled member of the Chippewa nation, he grew up in Devils Lake away from his father’s Ojibway tribe. His parents were the “resident grandparents” and camp counselors of the UND Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Summer Institute.

“They loved INMED with all their hearts, and it was the most passionate thing they did in their lives,” Martin said. “The students were family to them, and INMED was a big part of their life.”

Martin said his father, who spent 35 years working for the railroad, didn’t like to travel much and never flew. His mother earned her nursing degree when she was 50, graduating at the top of her class.

“Their only goal was to see all five of us graduate from UND,” Martin said.

And they did. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1989.

Read more about Steve Martin’s career and UND roots here.