New York – June 1, 2010 – The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation has awarded New York University $10,000 in scholarships for two students studying engineering and architecture. The scholarship, in its third year, celebrates the merger of New York University with Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, which is the second oldest private engineering school in the United States. The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding achievement in engineering, design and technology.
“We are delighted to offer the scholarships to NYU in affiliation with NYU-Poly for the third consecutive year,” said Richard Tomasetti, chairman of the Foundation and an NYU alumnus. “This year’s scholars are exceptional students who are tremendously driven and we are pleased the scholarships will make a positive impact in their lives.”
"Through its generous support, the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation is not only contributing to students' intellectual and professional development, but is also helping to lay the groundwork for an enhanced exchange of both students and ideas between NYU's College of Arts and Science and NYU-Poly,” said Matthew S. Santirocco, dean of the College of Arts and Science at NYU. “Once again, the recipients of this scholarship will serve as role models for students at both institutions.”
One scholarship was awarded to Andrew Bowen, a student at New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences who will take a course at NYU-Poly in spring 2011, and the other to Jacques Daoud, a civil engineering student at NYU-Poly who plans to take a course at NYU’s College of Arts and Science.
Andrew Bowen is a junior in NYU’s Urban Design and Architecture Studies program with interests in architecture, real estate and sustainable urban environments. He has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.8 and won praise for an extensive field research project on the Upper West Side community's response to proposed bicycle lanes. In addition to serving as the vice president of his residence hall, he is an alternate senator for the NYU Student Senators Council and serves on the Academic Services Committee and the Student Health Advisory Board. Mr. Bowen will spend fall 2010 at NYU in London, where he will continue his coursework on urban design and architecture, citing London as a case study.
Jacques Daoud is a junior and civil engineering major whose love for science inspired him to commute three hours everyday to Brooklyn's Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences. Mr. Daoud was drawn to NYU-Poly by the strength of its civil engineering program. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he has thrived, earning a GPA. of 3.4. The son of Lebanese immigrants, Mr. Daoud has taken an active leadership role at the Syrian Orthodox church that his family attends, where he serves as a deacon and a youth group organizer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the ASCE Concrete Canoe team.
The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in February 2008, has two primary missions including funding fellowships, scholarships and internships for undergraduate students, and those planning to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology and providing financial support for individuals and organizations pursuing philanthropic activities related to building engineering, design or technology. Key elements of the program are college scholarships, traveling internships, and grants to, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations.