Thornton Tomasetti Foundation has awarded six college students—Michelle Burnworth, Julieta Moradei, Mark Strapko, Andrew Fann, Tim Michiels, and Margaret Longman—with three different scholarships and research fellowships for use during the 2016-17 academic year.
5th Annual National Scholarship
Burnworth, Moradei and Strapko are the recipients of the TTF National Scholarship, and will each receive $10,000 to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology.
Students were nominated by a dean or department chair, and submissions were reviewed by a jury of Thornton Tomasetti principals John Abruzzo, Tanya de Hoog, Faz Ehsan, Anjana Kadakia and Wayne Stocks. Winners are chosen based on their academic achievements and their interest in the integration of engineering and architecture.
Burnworth is completing her senior year as a civil engineering student at the Drexel University College of Engineering in Philadelphia, Penn., and intends to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis.
Moradei received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., in May 2016 and plans to attend graduate school in structural engineering, with strong links to architecture.
Strapko graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is working toward a master’s degree in civil engineering, both from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Student Innovation Fellowship
As winners of the inaugural Student Innovation Fellowships, Fann and Michiels will each receive a $5,000 award to fund specific research projects that further innovation in the structural engineering and applied mechanics fields.
Fann graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering and is currently enrolled in UC San Diego’s master’s program. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. Fann’s research is in the field of carbon nanotube reinforcement of structural composites.
Michiels is a Ph.D. student at Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research focuses on novel form finding methods for vibration mitigation in earthen shells.
The students were nominated by a dean or department chair, and the submissions were reviewed by a jury comprised of Thornton Tomasetti Vice President Elisabeth Malsch and Senior Project Engineer Heather Reed.
United Kingdom Scholarship
Longman was named the recipient of the foundation’s inaugural United Kingdom scholarship and will be awarded £5,000. She is working toward a joint master’s degree from the University of Sheffield School of Architecture and Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.
The UK scholarship offers financial support for an individual who endeavors to make an impact on the structural design of buildings, and who appreciates the integration of structural engineering and architecture.
Longman was nominated by an engineering department head at the University of Sheffield for her outstanding career goals, academic accomplishments and demonstrated interest in the integration of engineering and architecture.
“The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation is pleased to provide scholarships to these six students who are poised to make an impact in their respective fields. The future of the industry is bright, and the scholarships from the Foundation will help these sharp young minds continue their education and become the next generation of innovators in engineering and architecture.”
Richard Tomasetti, chairman, Thornton Tomasetti Foundation
The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in February 2008, is focused on funding fellowships and scholarships for graduate students pursuing graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology. It also provides financial support for individuals and nonprofit organizations pursuing philanthropic activities related to building engineering, research design or technology.