Engineering Faculty Member and Two Students Recognized by DFI Educational Trust

Manhattan College is the only school nationwide with two student scholarship recipients.

Deep Foundations InstituteEvangelia Ieronymaki Ph.D., assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, along with two Manhattan College students, Alexa Raffaniello and LisaMarie Nilaj, have been recognized by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust for their efforts in civil and geotechnical engineering.

Manhattan College was the only school with two students chosen to receive the award.

Ieronymaki received a grant of $1,750 from the DFI Educational Trust and the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee for her involvement in design and construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s 42nd Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Raffaniello, the former DFI student chapter president at Manhattan College, graduated in May 2017 and is currently on track to get her master’s degree from the college. During her time as an undergraduate, she also received the first George Tamaro ’59 scholarship which was funded by the Educational Trust. Nilaj, her successor for chapter president, was also awarded the $2,000 at-large scholarship.

DFI Educational Trust is the charitable branch of DFI, with scholarship programs funded by endowments, donations and fundraising events. The scholarship recipients are chosen from students with good academic standing who require financial aid and are pursuing opportunities in civil, geotechnical or construction management fields.

By Pete McHugh