DFI Educational Trust Appoints Helen Robinson to Board of Trustees 

February 13, 2018, Hawthorne N.J.:

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust, the charitable arm of DFI, recently appointed Helen Robinson, P.E., to the Board of Trustees. 

Robinson, of GEI Consultants, is serving as an At-Large Trustee for a period of two years starting January 1, 2018. Robinson is currently the chair of DFI’s Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Committee. Under her leadership, the committee has greatly increased its activities and presence, both within DFI and in the industry. She previously served as executive editor of Deep Foundations magazine for three years. Robinson has also been active in various DFI Technical Committees since joining DFI in 2006. 

Before joining GEI Consultants last year as a senior project manager, Robinson was employed by Schnabel Engineering for 14 years, where she participated in a wide variety of projects. Robinson received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Penn State University. 

“The Trust Board is excited to having Helen join as a Trustee,” says Dan Dragone, chair of the DFI educational Trust. “We are confident that her enthusiasm, combined with her organizing, leadership and fundraising skills, will be of great value to the organization.”

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.

Helen Robinson, trustee, DFI Educational Trust