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his education with a master’s degree. “I would like to start an
ACI chapter at our school before I graduate. Our school’s
strong connection to academic and industry experts leads me
to believe there is much to be gained from having one. I know
that helping peers and future generations of engineers to
understand concrete will allow us to do great things with the
most amazing material in the world,” Orense said.
Muhammad Faizan Qureshi is a civil engineering
graduate student at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON,
Canada. His research work is focused on the effect of climate
change on fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) concrete structures.
“In Canada, temperature variation is one of the biggest issues
affecting the strength of FRP-reinforced concrete structures.
Canada’s FRP building codes are currently lacking in the
effect of temperature variation on structures; developing new
guidelines depicting realistic conditions can increase the
materials usage and help understand it better,” Qureshi said.
After receiving his PhD, he plans to work with companies
implementing structural retrofitting of concrete structures.
“I am looking forward to serving in the field of structures to
pursue my dream of filling the knowledge gaps currently
present in the construction industry,” he added.
Jahanzaib is a PhD candidate in civil engineering at the
University of Toronto. His major is in structural engineering
and his research focus is on the study of the behavior of
FRP-reinforced structures under changing climate trends. “In
the past few years, countries like the United States and
Canada have experienced extreme weather conditions. As
further changes are unavoidable, the need for enhanced
climate-resilient buildings and structures is urgent,” Jahanzaib
said. “Externally/internally bonded FRP presents an easy and
well-known technique to extend the service life of a structure.
However, the different parameters of FRP under extreme
conditions still need to be studied, and I am determined that
my research will play a vital role in this field,” he added.
Schwing America Scholarship
Tyler Kleinsasser is a civil engineering student enrolled in
the accelerated master’s program at South Dakota School of
Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD. He plans to receive
his master’s degree in construction engineering and
management. “My father works in construction, so from a
very early age I learned bits and pieces about the industry
from visiting Dad at break time. As I grew older, I started
working with him during high school and learning firsthand
about everything from tearing out old concrete to putting in
new concrete,” Kleinsasser said. Internships with the
Department of Transportation and BNSF Railway have helped
him to better understand how concrete is used for diverse
applications like bridges, pipes, and railroad ties. Concreterelated
organizations have also increased his understanding
and prepared him for a career in the industry. “My ACI
certification enabled me to tutor other students and help them
become ACI certified,” Kleinsasser explained.
Stewart C. Watson Memorial Scholarship
Hosam Sennah is a civil engineering student specializing
in structural engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON,
Canada. “My career goals are to make an impact on society in
the field of structural design and construction through the use
of innovative materials and methods. I would like to
specialize in accelerated bridge and building delivery,”
Sennah said. He has worked as a part-time research assistant
in the Ryerson Structures Lab. The research he assisted on
was “Strength Prediction of UHPFRC-Filled Closure Strip
between Precast Bridge Deck Slabs Incorporating Ribbed-
Surface GFRP Bars.” This research was presented at the Sixth
International Structural Specialty Conference, Canadian
Society for Civil Engineering, in June 2018. In summer 2018,
he worked as a research assistant under the NSERC USRA
Award at Ryerson to research the reliability of existing pile
failure prediction techniques.
W. Gene Corley Memorial Scholarship
Joshua Tomczak is a graduate student majoring in civil
engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth,
MN. He joined the ACI student chapter and has been involved
in designing concrete mixtures for the ACI student
competitions for 2 years. This spring, he completed an
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program to test the bond
strength of epoxy-coated reinforcing bars in concrete. “My
test data will be used by industry professionals to determine if
the coated reinforcing bar is adequate for use in structural
applications,” Tomczak stated.
Endorse a Student, Submit an Application
Applications for the ACI Foundation’s 2020-2021
Fellowships and Scholarships will be available July 1, 2019.
Applications for ACI Foundation Graduate and Undergraduate
Scholarships are available to students whose studies relate to
Visit www.acifoundation.org/scholarships.aspx for
instructions on submitting an application for a fellowship or
scholarship. Student applicants must be endorsed by at least
one ACI member. If you are an ACI member and know of a
student who is deserving of a scholarship or fellowship, please
direct them to complete the online application.