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DFI Educational Trust Announces Scholarship at Manhattan College Honoring George J. Tamaro 

September 15, 2016, Hawthorne NJ:

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org), the charitable arm of DFI, announces the establishment of the George J. Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide scholarships to students in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College - Tamaro's alma mater - located in Riverdale, N.Y. 

“When thinking of Manhattan College and DFI, one of many famous names that comes to mind is George Tamaro - a renowned geotechnical engineer, Manhattan graduate and the first-ever DFI Legends-Engineer Award recipient,” says Zac Curanovic P.E., Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, Trust board member and chair of the scholarship drive. 

George J. Tamaro, P.E., is currently a consultant at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE). He joined MRCE in 1980 and was a partner from 1983 through 2006. Prior to joining MRCE, he was a vice president and chief engineer of ICOS Corporation of America and an engineer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

As an expert in slurry wall construction, Tamaro was involved with the building of the first World Trade Center in New York and the rebuilding of WTC7 and Freedom Tower. He has been involved in the design and construction of several notable foundations and superstructures including the Messeturm in Frankfurt, Friedrichstadt Passagen in Berlin, JFK Light Rail Project in Queens. N.Y., New York City subway, Goldman Sachs Tower in New Jersey, and Times Square Tower in New York City.

Tamaro is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of numerous awards including the DFI Legends Award, DFI Distinguished Service Award, ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award, ASCE Homer Gage Balcolm Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering, The Moles Award for Outstanding Achievement, ASCE Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, Ralph B. Peck Medal from the ASCE GeoInstitute, ASCE OPAL Lifetime Award for Design, ASCE and AAES Fritz Medal, National Society of Professional Engineers Award, ASCE Ernest E. Howard Award, and U.S. Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.

Tamaro received a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College, an M.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in architectural technology from Columbia University. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Manhattan College in 2011. 

This year’s DFI Educational Trust Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner on November 3, 2016, at Terrace On The Park, Flushing, N.Y., will benefit the newly-established scholarship fund. Tamaro, will be the guest speaker at the event. The title of his talk is "Student, Contractor, Engineer…My Career and the Importance of Education."

To register for the Gala or to become a sponsor, visit www.dfitrust.org or if you’d like to assist with the fundraising effort, please contact Zac Curanovic at zac.curanovic@skanska.com.

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 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 3,000 members worldwide.



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