(New York, NY – June 20, 2013) – The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation has awarded two grants totaling $10,000 to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Architecture in Los Angeles, Calif. A $5,000 grant was awarded to Ivan Martynenko, a student enrolled in the Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering program at Lehigh University. The USC School of Architecture received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation for use toward doctoral research on building envelopes.
The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation funds fellowships, scholarships and internships for undergraduate students, and those planning to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology. Over the past four years, the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to students in Lehigh’s Master of Engineering program.
Ivan Martynenko, Lehigh University
Mr. Martynenko joined the Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering program at Lehigh after completing undergraduate studies at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and graduated magna cum laude.
He was chosen for this $5,000 scholarship based on his high GPA, multiple leadership roles, and his passion for structural engineering. Mr. Martynenko has received a number of honors, including the Valparaiso University Outstanding International Student Award; Clinton Global Initiative University Outstanding Commitment Honor; and the Resident of the Republic of Kazakhstan Honorary Scholarship.
Mr. Martynenko was the president of the Engineers Without Borders student chapter, and was involved in the student senate at the Kazakh Academy of Civil Engineering.
USC School of Architecture Research
The USC School of Architecture received a $5,000 grant to support the ten doctoral students enrolled in the Ph.D. research program in architecture technology. The group will use the grant to expand their research on building envelopes and their interface with the building structure.
The doctoral students will examine building enclosure design, analysis and construction of building envelopes to produce original research that can be brought to and used in the fields of engineering and architecture.
"The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation is thrilled to provide these scholarships to Ivan and the USC doctoral students. We’re proud to offer these opportunities to such motivated and deserving recipients, who demonstrate a strong passion for the integration of architecture and engineering."
Richard Tomasetti, chairman, Thornton Tomasetti Foundation
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.