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DFI awards scholarships to CCNY civil engineering students

News | February 14, 2018 | By:

On Feb. 12, 2018, the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced it had awarded four students scholarships from the DFI Educational Trust Stanley Merjan City College of New York Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund. The students are Chaddy Ismail, Wen Li, Ariel Mazor and Abraham Rubel.

Chaddy Ismail is studying structural civil engineering. The senior is a research assistant on a project studying how bridge deterioration affects traffic patterns. After graduating from CCNY, he plans to earn a master’s degree, while preparing for the P.E. exam and working at an engineering company.

Wen Li is majoring in civil engineering with a concentration in structures. Her interest in deep foundations began last fall when she had the opportunity to visit a subway construction site in China. Li, a senior, is a member of the Concrete Canoe Club at CCNY.

Ariel Mazor is a civil engineering student. He is preparing a research project on extreme events of rain over 115 years. Mazor participates in the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) mentorship program. Prior to starting his academic career, Mazor was an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Abraham Rubel is a civil engineering student specializing in structures. The junior is participating in grant-provided research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (NOAA-CREST) analyzing drought levels to produce predictive models for water deficits for agriculture. Rubel mentors students as part of the National Society for Leadership and Success.

DFI established the Stanley Merjan City College of New York Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund was established in 2010, and it is named for Stanley Merjan, an inspiration and mentor to young engineers throughout the construction industry and a graduate of CCNY. Donations to the fund can be made online at

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