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

July 13, 2020, Hawthorne NJ:

The DFI Educational Trust has awarded five Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Professional Development Grants of $1,750 each to women working in the deep foundations industry to attend DFI’s 45th Annual Conference. The grant includes complimentary conference registration and covers related expenses for attending the conference. The grants will be presented during the Annual Conference at the Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) 6th Annual networking event. 

The recipients are:

  • Meghan Brassard, P.E., senior geotechnical engineer, Haley & Aldrich
  • Julia Chessa, Project engineer, Menard Group USA
  • Taylor DaCanal, geotechnical specialist, American Geotechnical and Environmental Services
  • Akhila Manne, senior geotechnical engineer, Keller Ground Engineering (India)
  • Ingrid Tomac, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of California San Diego

 

The Trust also awarded $500 from the Paul DeBruyn Memorial Student Scholarship Fund to Fernanda Bezerra Tomaduci Imamura, Ph.D. student, University of Alberta, to defray costs of attending the 2020 Annual Conference.

The WiDF Committee is comprised of women and men who are advocates for retaining women in the deep foundations industry. The goal of the committee 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 the 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 the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary 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.

Meghan Brassard, P.E., senior geotechnical engineer, Haley & Aldrich


Julia Chessa, Project engineer, Menard Group USA


Taylor DaCanal, geotechnical specialist, American Geotechnical and Environmental Services


Akhila Manne, senior geotechnical engineer, Keller Ground Engineering (India)


Ingrid Tomac, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of California San Diego


Fernanda Bezerra Tomaduci Imamura, Ph.D. student, University of Alberta


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