New York, NY – March 29, 2012 - The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation recently awarded New York University $10,000 in scholarships for two students studying engineering and architecture. The scholarships, each worth $5,000, were awarded to students demonstrating exceptional ability and outstanding achievement in engineering, design and technology.
One scholarship was awarded to James Walsh, a senior in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies program at New York University’s College of Arts and Science, and the other went to Zain Ahmad, also a senior, who is majoring in civil engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
Senior Mr. Walsh has centered his studies on commercial and institutional design, preservation and mid-20th century architecture, with a specific focus on Brutalist architecture, which flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s.
Mr. Walsh has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.9 and has taken a range of courses in architecture and urban planning, from the history of New York’s grid to historic preservation and sustainable public spaces.
Raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in the shadow of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Mr. Ahmad has largely been inspired by his childhood surroundings. His parents, who emigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan, helped cultivate an interest in engineering by taking him to construction sites where his father worked. A first-generation college student, the rising senior has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4.
A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mr. Ahmad hopes to pursue a graduate degree in this field and focus his career on the structural and construction sectors. This past year, he held an internship at CJ Restoration, where he assisted the project manager with residential construction projects.
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.