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

February 2, 2017, Hawthorne N.J.:

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

  • Nahla Ali is an undergraduate student studying civil engineering, with a concentration in structure. She is the treasurer of the ASCE Chapter at CCNY and works as a research assistant in the field of transportation engineering.

  • Kseniya Davydova is a junior studying civil engineering. She heads the Corporate Relations Committee for Engineers Without Borders and organizes events to raise money for the club's trips to Nicaragua.

  • Chaddy Ismail is a junior civil engineering student. He is the president of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honors society, and is a research assistant on a project studying how bridge deterioration affects traffic patterns.

  • Yongnian Nie is a senior civil engineering student focusing on structural engineering. During his junior year, he worked for a construction company and participated in many projects that involved building foundation design, such as underpinning, which inspired him to study foundation design.

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

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 4,000 members worldwide.

Nahla Ali

Kseniya Davydova

Chaddy Ismail

Yongnian Nie