This award was established in 2011 by AMSYSCO, Inc. to commemorate the company's 30 years in the post‐tensioning industry. In announcing this scholarship program in 2011, AMSYSCO owner, Rattan Khosa remarked "AMSYSCO completed 30 years in business. Only in this great country America, one can come with just $8 and later start a business in a basement. Over the years I have been returning to the community, part of what I make every year, through my private foundation named after my parents. I thought it was time that I did something for the post tensioning industry. It will be great to award scholarships through PTI."
Two scholarship recipients will receive:
$2,500 each towards the Winter/Spring 2015 school term.
A complimentary trip to 2015 PTI Convention (includes full-registration, travel, and incidentals)
Recognition at the 2015 PTI Awards Dinner; on the PTI website; and in the PTI JOURNAL
Full‐time student during entire scholarship year in the U.S. or Canada.
Graduate or Undergraduate Students with a minimum of 3 years completed coursework.
Study area in the area of concrete structures with an emphasis on structural design, materials, construction, or any combination thereof with a clear focus on posttensioning design and application. Graduate research in post‐tensioned concrete design and application will be considered.
Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in a bachelor's or master's program from an institution of higher education which is accredited by the responsible regional or national agency
All applicants must be proficient in the English language. If English is not your native language, a written statement must be attached to this application attesting to this proficiency.
The application, resume, essay and applicant certification must be sent in one application package to Ted.Neff@post-tensioning.org before midnight, 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2014.
December 1, 2014 – Deadline for returning application and required information
January 9, 2015 – Scholarship recipients announced
April 27, 2015 – 2015 PTI Awards Dinner
Recipients of the 2014 PTI AMSYSCO Scholarships:
Natassia Brenkus - University of Florida
Natassia earned her Masters of Engineering specializing in structural engineering in 2013. During the next several years of her doctoral work, she will be investigating alternative, non-cementitious filler materials for post-tensioning tendons. Following her research she anticipates moving forward into an academic research position, from which she can continue to research and contribute to the field of post-tensioned concrete.
Philip Six - Utah State University
Philip is in pursuit of his Master's degree in civil engineering at Utah State University, with an emphasis in structural engineering. After completing his research and thesis, he hopes to further expand his experience with post-tensioning by entering the workforce through as structural design firm that participates in the design of post-tensioned concrete slabs.
2014 PTI Convention
The 2014 Convention marked the inaugural year of the PTI
Convention Scholarship. The scholarship was designed to foster the involvement
of emerging industry professionals and graduate students who many not otherwise
have the financial means to attend PTI Conventions. The four scholarship
recipients were given complimentary convention registrations and $500 to offset
travel and hotel expenses. At the convention, each recipient was assigned to a
"mentor" who assisted in answering questions, making introductions, and
ensuring that the recipient got the most out of their first PTI Convention
experience. Due to the success of this first year, the program will be
continued in 2015. The four scholarship recipients describe their first PTI
Convention experiences below.
Recipients of the 2014 PTI Convention Scholarships:
"I want to formally thank the Post Tensioning Institute for
awarding me a scholarship to attend this year's convention in Norfolk. The three days that I spent at the convention
were extremely valuable in my development as a young design engineer. The many technical sessions I attended
presented material that was very relevant to my day-to-day design work. The committee meetings I sat in on provided a
stimulating look into the hard work that the committee members put into
developing PTI standards and publications. I was also able to network with countless contractors, suppliers, and
fellow engineers during my time at the convention. I can assure you that the scholarship
program was successful in its objective of fostering the involvement of young
professionals in the post-tensioning industry."
"I am very grateful for the sponsored opportunity to attend
the 2014 PTI Conference in Virgina. My assigned mentor, Ken Bondy, did a great
job introducing me to other members and proving the passion for post-tensioned
design possessed by everyone present. Seeing the logistics of how committee
meetings are governed and the results that are produced was very informative
and eye opening. I enjoyed listening to technical sessions and the wide range
of topics presented. As a current graduate student, the convention was a great
opportunity to network with individuals that were legends in the industry while
also meeting similar young engineers. I strongly look forward to attending
future conventions and becoming a contributing member to PTI. I would also like
to thank PTI for the sponsorship and hope to see the scholarship continued as
it was a great opportunity for young engineers."
Nelson "Junior" Stanley
"It was an incredible experience, and for that I want
to first thank PTI. As a young engineer traveling from Paraguay, it would have
been impossible for me to attend the convention in Norfolk without the
Institute's scholarship program. Through the committee meetings that I was able
to participate in, I could see how similar our day to day work is. I had the
opportunity to hear much more experienced colleague's opinions about really
important design issues, and as a young design engineer, those discussions and
opinions are priceless. Through the technical sessions and exposition I had the
opportunity to get more acquainted with PT systems applications, which are almost
unknown in our country, like geotechnical applications. I would also like to
thank Pete Scoppa, my assigned mentor, for sharing a lot of his time and
experience with me, explaining how the industry works in the U.S. In the
future, I look forward to attending PTI Conventions and participating as an
active member of the institute to work together with a committee for the
benefit of our industry. I hope that the scholarship program is continued in
the future, so that the industry can continue to expand even more."
"I cannot begin to express the depth of gratitude I owe to
every individual that helped to make it possible for me to attend the PTI
Convention through the new scholarship program. Every experience was exactly
what I needed to further my knowledge of not only the industry and processes of
post-tension slab on grade; but I also was able to make the industry
connections that I lacked before. There are not enough good things that can be
spoken about Harley Nethken, my convention mentor, regarding the way he guided
my experience during those three days. The entire trip has fueled a passion in
me to bring the post-tensioning industry to my region of the country, which is
unaware of the cost effectiveness it can produce. I am confident the post-tensioning
industry will be expanding in my area because of my attendance at the PTI
convention. I will be looking forward to the next convention to measure my
growth, personally and in post-tensioning, from the previous one. Thanks again
to everyone that I met at the convention and to everyone that made it possible
for my attendance."