Nine Civil Engineering Students Receive ACEC Scholarships

The Manhattan College students were awarded a total of $34,500.

Nine Manhattan College civil engineering students received scholarships from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York for a total of $34,500. The scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $10,000 and are awarded based on students’ cumulative grade point averages, college activities, work experiences and essays. John Ng

John Ng ’23, a Brooklyn native, was awarded a $10,000 ACEC New York Merit Scholarship-NYC Department of Environmental Protection. This summer, he will be interning at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in Manhattan. Previously, Ng has worked as a New York City Transit (NYCT) infrastructure engineering intern and as a field engineer intern for Judlau Contracting, a division of OHLA. Judlau Contracting  specializes in heavy construction. Ng is an amateur photographer and two of his photographs were featured in the ASCE Calendar for 2022.  He currently serves as president of the Institution of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter, an officer of the MC Train Club and a student facilities representative to the Manhattan College Board of Trustees.

As a student at Brooklyn Technical High School, Ng was a student mentee in the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York which paired him with mentoring teams of industry professionals to serve as an introduction to careers in the design and construction industry. 

“ Very few engineers are still alive today who have witnessed the construction of our subways, sewers, and roads,” said Ng. “I chose a career in civil engineering to carry on the legacy of building infrastructure that keeps the city running. To me, the scholarship is an affirmation that I can make a real impact on improving the infrastructure of our cities to meet 21st century demands.” 

“John is an exemplary student with a cumulative GPA of 3.98 and a student leader,” said Anirban De, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering and department chairperson, civil and environmental engineering. 

Emily Specht ’24, was named the recipient of a $5,000 Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship. Orlando Blanco ’23 (Langan Engineering, Environmental, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, DPC Scholarship, in memory of Maria I. Ramirez, 9-11-01) and Nicholas Badillo ’24 (WSP USA Inc. Scholarship), received $3,500 scholarships. In addition, the following five students received $2,500 scholarships: Evan Rivera ’24 (Stantec Scholarship), Samantha Perricelli ’24 (Sam Schwartz Engineering Scholarship), Edgar Moreno (Infrastructure Engineering, Inc., P.C. Scholarship), John Henry Genualdo ’23 (Arup Scholarship) and Maryam Asgari ’24 (Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers Scholarship). 

The ACEC scholarship program was launched in 2002 to support up-and-coming engineers and, thus, ensure a strong future for the profession in New York State. 

“The ACEC scholarships recognize talented engineering students for their academic excellence and involvement in the engineering discipline,” said De.  “It shows the collective commitment of the engineering firms and encourages the next generation of engineers to consider careers in engineering.  The financial award helps our students cover a portion of their tuition or other financial needs.  The recognition at the awards event and on the website gives our students nice exposure in front of industry leaders.  On behalf of the engineering students and faculty of Manhattan College, I am grateful to the members of ACEC New York for their continued support.”