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The DFI Educational Trust Awards Women in Deep Foundations Professional Development Grants 

September 10, 2018, Hawthorne N.J.:

The DFI Educational Trust has awarded five Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) professional Development Grants of $1,750 each to women involved in design and/or construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s 43rd Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., October 24-27. The grant includes free conference registration and covers related expenses for attending the conference. 

The recipients are:

  • Estela León Aguilar, P.E., geotechnical department manager, GFA International
  • Wystan Carswell, Ph.D., EIT, technical specialist, Haley & Aldrich
  • Allison Paraense, project engineer, F&W Construction Co.
  • Kathryn Petek, Ph.D., P.E., associate geotechnical engineer, Shannon & Wilson
  • Gabrielle Wojotowitz, Ph.D., principal geotechnical engineer, Aurecon

The grants are being presented during the Annual Conference at the WiDF Committee’s 4th Annual Networking Reception on Wednesday, October 24, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. To register for the WiDF Networking Reception or to sponsor the event, visit www.dfi.org/annual2018

The WiDF Committee is comprised of women and men who are advocates for retaining women in the deep foundations industry. The goal is to foster greater success and interest of professional women in the industry by promoting networking events, endorsing outreach and building mentoring relationships. 

Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, 973-423-4030, efandino@dfi.org.

About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org) is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.

Estela León Aguilar, P.E., geotechnical department manager, GFA International


Wystan Carswell, Ph.D., EIT, technical specialist, Haley & Aldrich


Allison Paraense, project engineer, F&W Construction Co.


Kathryn Petek, Ph.D., P.E., associate geotechnical engineer, Shannon & Wilson


Gabrielle Wojotowitz, Ph.D., principal geotechnical engineer, Aurecon


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