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Thornton Tomasetti awards scholarships, fellowships

The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation awarded six college students scholarships and research fellowships for use during the 2018-19 academic year.

Bowen Plogmann, Sophie Sisson, Joanna Zou, received a TTF National Scholarship and $10,000 to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology.

Fei Ding, Longxi Luo 3rd received a Student Innovation Fellowship and $5,000 to fund projects that further innovation in the structural engineering and applied mechanics practice.

TCatherine Wolfe received the first Technical Literacy Fellowship and $5,000 to pursue research in building engineering design or technology.

“The recipients of this year’s scholarships and fellowships are among the best and brightest studying at engineering schools across the country,” said Richard Tomasetti, chairman, Thornton Tomasetti Foundation.
“These young minds are the future of the AEC industry, and their passion, coupled with technology and research, will allow them to develop innovative and creative solutions to some of the industry’s biggest questions.

“We are proud to recognize these six students, as well as those who have paved the way and those who will follow in their footsteps.”

TTF received submissions from 16 universities, which were reviewed by a Thornton Tomasetti jury of Peter DiMaggio, Robert Sinn, Derya Thompson, Wayne Stocks and Peggy Van Eepoel. Winners were chosen based on academic achievements and an interest in the integration of engineering and architecture.
There were submissions from eight universities for the Student Innovation Fellowship and anoterh eight for theTechnical Literacy Fellowship.

Catherine Wolfe is pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering from The Cooper Union, from which she graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

She is currently a structural engineer for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

With the fellowship funds, Wolfe hopes to clarify to non-engineering audiences two concepts in the context of designing resilient infrastructure; designing a building to satisfy code requirements and exploring the role of uncertainty in performance-based earthquake engineering.

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