Civil Engineering Scholars, Rose-Hulman Bikes for Kids, & Commencement Address

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust established the George J. Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship in 2016. Tamaro, P.E. (NY X ’59), is a consultant at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, was the first-ever DFI Legends-Engineer Award recipient, and “an innovator in solving difficult foundation problems.”

This year, four students received awards from the Tamaro Scholarship Fund, totaling $10,000. The scholarships were presented to four students at Manhattan College by Zac Curanovic, P.E. (NY X ’09), Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, DFI Educational Trust board member and chair of the scholarship drive. Three of the four recipients are Tau Bates, including:

Michaela A. Amicucci (NY X 2018) – civil engineering major pursuing a career in geotechnical engineering.

James J. Curra (NY X 2017) – pursuing a master’s in civil engineering and plans to obtain P.E. license.

Valeska A. Flores (NY X 2018) – senior civil engineering major interested in earthquake engineering.


Nearly 250 members of the campus community at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN) gathered to assemble, inspect, and sort 405 bicycles for an annual service project organized by Terre Haute’s Chances and Services for Youth. Members of the Indiana Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi were on hand as volunteers and assisted in the efforts.

This was the 19th straight year that Rose-Hulman has participated in this one-day community service project. Megan N. Baker, IN B 2019, a junior biomedical engineering student, said: “In a quick short amount of our time, we’re impacting so many people.” Read the news article.


Valeria A. Suarez Bolivar, MI B 2017, will give the commencement address on Saturday, December 16, at the Michigan Tech Midyear Commencement. She is an international student from Venezuela, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering, and serves as vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Click here for more details on the ceremony.


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