Zain Ahmad with Jeffrey R. Schreier, TTF Treasurer
Zain Ahmad, a senior civil engineering major at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), was the recent recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, which awards scholarships to students studying engineering and architecture who displayed extraordinary achievement in engineering, design and technology.
As a undergraduate at NYU-Poly, Ahmad also studied construction management, which led him to both an internship with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, as well as a full-time job with Turner Construction.
“My internships have definitely helped with developing my professional skills,” Ahmad said. “Aside from gaining valuable work experience, being able to see things I have experienced in the classroom in the field has bettered my understanding of civil engineering.”
Ahmad, who was raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, said he plans to return to school to pursue a Master’s degree, while gaining even more experience in the field. The scholarship from Thornton Tomasetti will not only help him financially, but it also “gives me peace of mind, knowing that I have the support of one of the greatest organizations out there,” said Ahmad
Through college scholarships, traveling internships, and grants to and partnerships with nonprofit organizations, the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in February 2008, fulfills two primary missions: 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.