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Construction Industry to Honor Thomas Wysockey

Thomas Wysockey, Chairman Emeritus of Thatcher Foundations Inc., will be honored at a dinner July 16, 2015. The dinner, featuring guest speaker Joseph Burns of Thornton Tomasetti, will raise funds for a civil engineering scholarship in Mr. Wysockey's name. The scholarship was established in 2012, and provides financial support to students with an interest in the deep foundations industry.

Second Annual Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fundraising Dinner

Guest Speaker Joseph G. Burns, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Hawthorne, NJ (April 30, 2015): The DFI Educational Trust announces that the second annual Thomas J. Wysockey Scholarship Fundraising Dinner will be held on July 16, 2015, at the Union League Club of Chicago. The scholarship is named for Thomas J. Wysockey, chairman emeritus of Thatcher Foundations Inc., Gary, IN, who is an inspiration to young engineers throughout the construction industry. The fund was established in 2014 with a generous donation of $50,000 from Thatcher Foundations, which is part of a pledge from the company totaling $100,000.

The special guest speaker for the dinner is Joseph G. Burns, P.E., S.E., CEng, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, managing principal, Thornton Tomasetti. Burns is a passionate advocate for the deeper integration of architecture and engineering, which he promotes through technical innovation in the design of structural systems, collaboration in practice and leadership in building science education. With more than 30 years of experience, Burns specializes in the design of complex structural systems, including earthquake engineering and dynamic analysis.

The Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund provides financial awards to deserving civil engineering students pursuing a career in the deep foundations industry. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who are attending any accredited U.S. college or university, are eligible to apply. Applicants with a military background will be given special consideration.

Thomas J. Wysockey, a 1953 graduate of The Citadel with a B.S. in civil engineering, joined Thatcher in 1957 and served as vice president, president and, most recently, chairman and owner. His commitment to the industry is evident by his active involvement in several industry associations including as board member of American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Chicago Chapter; director at the Builders Association of Greater Chicago and the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council; trustee of the Construction Advancement Foundation; trustee of the Deep Foundations Institute; president of the Industrial Contractors and Builders Association of Indiana; board member of the Society of American Military Engineers; and member of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the ASA, Chicago Chapter.

Information about the dinner is available at www.dfitrust.org.

About the DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org) is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

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About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI): DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,000 members worldwide.

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Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, 973-423-4030, efandino@dfi.org

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