The DFI Educational Trust and DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee Award Professional Development Grants 

August 11, 2016, Hawthorne NJ:

The DFI Educational Trust and the DFI Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Committee awarded two grants of $1,750 each to women involved in design and/or construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation (41st Annual Conference) in New York City, October 12-15. The grant includes free conference registration and covers related expenses for attending the conference.

The recipients are Sarah Ramp, a design engineer with Menard USA, and Laura Wagner-Bartz, a geotechnical engineer at HNTB Corporation. In addition, complimentary conference registrations were awarded to Morgan Race from Braun Intertec, Lucy Wu from HNTB Corporation and Rachel Bisnett from MWH/Stantec.

The grants will be presented during the Annual Conference at the WiDF Committee Networking Reception on Wednesday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. To register for the WiDF Networking Reception or to sponsor the event, visit

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.

About the DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( 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 ( 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.