DFI Educational Trust Establishes Tamaro Scholarship



The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust, the charitable arm of DFI, announced the establishment of the George J. Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide scholarships to students in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College — Tamaro’s alma mater — located in Riverdale, N.Y.

“When thinking of Manhattan College and DFI, one of many famous names that comes to mind is George Tamaro — a renowned geotechnical engineer, Manhattan graduate and the first-ever DFI Legends-Engineer Award recipient,” says Zac Curanovic P.E., Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, Trust board member and chair of the scholarship drive.

George J. Tamaro, P.E., is currently a consultant at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE). He joined MRCE in 1980 and was a partner from 1983 through 2006. Prior to joining MRCE, he was a vice president and chief engineer of ICOS Corporation of America and an engineer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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As an expert in slurry wall construction, Tamaro was involved with the building of the first World Trade Center in New York and the rebuilding of WTC7 and Freedom Tower. He has been involved in the design and construction of several notable foundations and superstructures including the Messeturm in Frankfurt, Friedrichstadt Passagen in Berlin, JFK Light Rail Project in Queens, N.Y.,  New York City subway, Goldman Sachs Tower in New Jersey, and Times Square Tower in New York City.

Tamaro is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of numerous awards including the DFI Legends Award, DFI Distinguished Service Award, ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award, ASCE Homer Gage Balcolm Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering, The Moles Award for Outstanding Achievement, ASCE Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, Ralph B. Peck Medal from the ASCE Geo-Institute, ASCE OPAL Lifetime Award for Design, ASCE and AAES Fritz Medal, National Society of Professional Engineers Award, ASCE Ernest E. Howard Award, and U.S. Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.

Tamaro received a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College, an M.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in architectural technology from Columbia University. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Manhattan College in 2011.

This year’s DFI Educational Trust Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner on Nov. 3, 2016, at Terrace On The Park, Flushing, N.Y., will benefit the newly-established scholarship fund. Tamaro, will be the guest speaker at the event. The title of his talk is “Student, Contractor, Engineer…My Career and the Importance of Education.”

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