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

February 7, 2019, Hawthorne N.J.:

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

Adeel Butt is a senior civil engineering student with a specialization in structures. He is currently an intern at Perfetto Contracting, preparing daily field activities, four week look ahead schedules, quantity take offs, and contacting subs and vendors to purchase material. Following graduation, he plans to work for a general contractor as a field engineer or design engineer, obtain his Professional Engineering license, and enroll in a master’s program in construction management. 

Yingjian Chen is a senior civil engineering student interested in structural design and construction. He has worked as an assistant for a general contractor and as a drafter for an architect. He is a member of the Concrete Canoe Club and the Steel Bridge Club, Chen enjoys every moment working in this field because he believes that if he can find a job he likes, he will never work a day in his life. 

Ethan Chiu is a third-year civil engineering student concentrating on structures. He has worked on transportation infrastructure projects as an intern for NV5 and on bridge rehabilitation projects as an intern for Thornton Tomasetti. He is a member of the Concrete Canoe Club and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He pursued civil engineering in order to help create a better society. 

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.

Adeel Butt

Yingjian Chen

Ethan Chiu