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The DFI Educational Trust Awards Women in Deep Foundations Professional Development Grants 

July 16, 2019, Hawthorne N.J.:

The DFI Educational Trust has awarded five Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Professional Development Grants of $1,750 each to women working in the deep foundations industry to attend DFI’s 44th Annual Conference in Chicago, October 14-18. The grant includes free conference registration and covers related expenses for attending the conference. 

The recipients are:

  • Tugce Baser, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sayantani Ghosh, EIT, senior staff engineer, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Amanda Parry, geotechnical engineer, GEI Consultants, Inc. (former Educational Trust Scholarship recipient)
  • Sherry Pirzadeh, P.E., design engineer, Menard Group USA
  • Adeleine Tran, P.E., geotechnical engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

The grants are being presented during the Annual Conference at the Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) 5th Annual Networking Reception on Tuesday, October 15, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. To register for the reception or to sponsor the event, visit www.dfi.org/Annual2019

The WiDF Committee is comprised of women and men who are advocates for retaining women in the deep foundations industry. The goal of the committee is to foster greater success and interest of professional women in the industry by promoting networking events, endorsing outreach and building mentoring relationships.

Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, (973) 423-4030, efandino@dfi.org.

About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org) 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 (www.dfi.org) 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.

Tugce Baser, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Sayantani Ghosh, EIT, senior staff engineer, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services


Amanda Parry, geotechnical engineer, GEI Consultants


Sherry Pirzadeh, P.E., design engineer, Menard Group USA


Adeleine Tran, P.E., geotechnical engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group


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