DFI Educational Trust Awards Stanley Merjan Civil Engineering Scholarships
at City College of New York

February 12, 2018, Hawthorne N.J.:

Four students at City College of New York (CCNY) have received scholarship awards from the DFI Educational Trust Stanley Merjan Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund. 

Chaddy Ismail is a structural civil engineering senior. He is currently a research assistant on a project studying how bridge deterioration affects traffic patterns. After graduating from CCNY, he plans to earn a master's degree, while preparing for the P.E. exam and working at an engineering company. 

Wen Li is a senior majoring in civil engineering with a concentration in structures. Her interest in deep foundations began last fall when she had the opportunity to visit a subway construction site in China. She is a member of Concrete Canoe Club at CCNY. 

Ariel Mazor is a civil engineering student. He is currently working on research project on extreme events of rain over 115 years. Mazor participates in the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) mentorship program. Prior to starting his academic career, Mazor was an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. 

Abraham Rubel is a junior civil engineering student specializing in structures. He is currently participating in grant-provided research for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Crest analyzing drought levels to produce predictive models for water deficits for agriculture. Rubel mentors students as part of the National Society for Leadership and Success, and recently joined Chi Epsilon. 

The Stanley Merjan City College of New York Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 and is named for Stanley Merjan, an inspiration and mentor to young engineers throughout the construction industry, and a graduate of CCNY. Donations to the fund can be made online at

Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, (973) 423-4030,

About 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 Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( 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 3,500 members worldwide.

Chaddy Ismail

Wen Li

Ariel Mazor

Abraham Rubel