DFI Educational Trust Appoints New Member to Board of Trustees 

July 8, 2014, Hawthorne N.J.: The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust (, the charitable arm of DFI, recently appointed a new member to the Board of Trustees.

Zoran "Zac" Curanovic, P.E., was elected to serve as an at-large member for a two-year term. Curanovic is currently employed with Underpinning and Foundation Skanska, where he is involved in many aspects of deep foundations design and construction. Prior to joining Skanska, Curanovic was employed with Moretrench America Corporation. His combined experience includes working on drilled shafts, secant pile walls, minipiles, tieback and tiedown anchors, driven piles, support of excavation systems and dewatering projects.

Curanovic moved to the U.S. from Montenegro in 2001. He earned an Associate's Degree in Engineering Science at Westchester Community College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Geotechnical Engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. A registered professional engineer in New York, he is the ACE Mentorship Program team leader at Manhattan College/Westchester.

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.

Zoran "Zac" Curanovic, DFI Educational Trust Board of Trustees