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From left: Dr. Janise Rodgers (project manager for GHI), Sandesh Aher (Master of Science candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and Thornton Tomasetti Foundation intern) and Henry Burton (Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, with an emphasis on structural/earthquake engineering).

Thornton Tomasetti Foundation Announces GeoHazards International Grant

New York, NY – June 25, 2012 - The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation has awarded a $17,000 grant to GeoHazards International (GHI) to fund a student internship with the Framed Infill Network Project. Launched in 2011, the project promotes and directs international collaboration among researchers, engineers, architects, builders and building officials to make concrete frames with masonry infill walls safer during earthquakes.

Last fall, The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation committed $15,000 in support of GHI’s elementary school retrofit project in the Peruvian village of Chocos. Thanks in part to the grant, the village’s three-room elementary school was seismically retrofit to create a structure that is no longer a collapse hazard during earthquakes.

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“GeoHazard’s earthquake resistant construction project fits perfectly with the Foundation’s goal of supporting education and humanitarian efforts around the globe. Developing safer and comparably inexpensive methods of constructing infill buildings is key to reducing earthquake risk in many of the world’s cities.”

Richard Tomasetti, chairman, Thornton Tomasetti Foundation

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About The 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.


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