DFI Educational Trust Awards 2018 Manuel Fine Scholarships to Civil Engineering Students in Ontario, Canada 

February 7, 2019, Hawthorne N.J.:

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust has awarded two Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarships each in the amount of US$2,500. 

Zachary Gerber is a senior civil engineering and management student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Gerber developed his interest in the deep foundation industry working in co-op positions at Bermingham Foundation Solutions, noting in his essay that these opportunities “allowed me to take my knowledge from school and reinforce it with real world experience in the field.” He plans to continue his career in the deep foundations industry, and pursue a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering. 

Simone Markus is a graduate student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Markus noted in her essay that “as I pursued geotechnical engineering, I became interested in soil and rock mechanics. I find these topics interesting because in the rest of civil engineering, where the exact properties of materials can be known, working with soil and rock adds another layer of uncertainty.” After graduation, Markus plans to pursue a career in geotechnical engineering. 

The Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 and honors Manuel Fine (1929-2018), who served DFI for 24 years in many roles, including trustee, president, executive director, managing editor of Deep Foundations, and in recent years, as publisher of the DFI Journal. The fund provides scholarships only for civil engineering students attending universities in the Province of Ontario. Fine was a graduate of the University of Toronto. 

Donations to the Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarship 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.

Zachary Gerber

Simone Markus