NYU Tandon students will shine under IDC’s light once again

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Brooklyn, New York, Sept. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Students of the New York University Tandon School of Engineering will extend their civil engineering and construction management educational experiences through research, prototyping, and networking through a new gift of $130,000 from the

The new gift will support two doctoral students and educational travel for other students in the programs.

Prior gifts from the IDC Foundation enabled NYU Tandon to establish the , led by prominent transportation and construction executive Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, who serves as IDC Foundation chair in design and construction in the NYU Tandon Civil and Urban Engineering Department. The IDC Foundation is the legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction, the nonprofit technical college in downtown Brooklyn that trained more than 30,000 architects, engineers, and other construction-related experts between its founding in 1947 and its voluntary closing in 2015. The IDC Foundation has made grants to NYU Tandon totaling $2.46 million since 2018.

Last year’s award of scholarships, fellowships, and travel experiences from the foundation helped the department recruit a female doctoral candidate who is developing a method to enable construction workers to directly see digital building information without specialized equipment such as goggles or helmets. The candidate, Siyuan Xiang, is using mobile projective augmented reality (MPAR) technology to improve safety on construction sites.

It also allowed students in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering to participate in prestigious competitions:

“NYU Tandon plays a crucial role in the education of America’s best engineers, and the IDC Foundation is delighted to support NYU Tandon’s initiatives,” said Raymond R. Savino, president of the IDC Foundation. “Pivotal to that education is access to opportunities for NYU Tandon students to explore their interests within a range of influential experiences. It’s those opportunities – especially at the intersection of engineering, architecture, and construction management – that the IDC Foundation supports and is pleased to enhance.”

NYU Tandon Dean Jelena Kovačević congratulated the students and thanked the foundation, noting, “For NYU Tandon, the ongoing work of opening doors and creating opportunities reflects our singular commitment to our students. Everything we do depends on this. While certainly the quality of our research, institutions, and faculty is critical to our reputation, at the end of the day the real measure of our achievements is written in the success of our students. The opportunities that this grant opens serve as an exemplar of the extent to which we are committed to supporting our best and brightest.”


Kathleen Hamilton
New York University Tandon School of Engineering

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Globe Newswire: 14:40 GMT Wednesday 11th September 2019

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