Inaugural Donald Tong Scholarship Awarded to Jordyn Kent

Inaugural Donald Tong Scholarship Awarded to Jordyn Kent

Last night, we hosted the first presentation of the Donald Tong DIALOG Graduate Scholarship in Structural Engineering in our Toronto studio. Introduced late last year, the scholarship was established in partnership with the University of Toronto to strengthen an already great relationship between DIALOG’s structural engineering team and the University’s engineering students and faculty. Both teams came together on January 29 to celebrate this year’s recipient, Jordyn Kent, and to remember DIALOG structural technologist, Donald Tong, for whom the scholarship was named.

About the Scholarship

The Donald Tong DIALOG Graduate Scholarship is intended to encourage students to pursue advanced study in structural engineering. It is awarded annually to a student enrolled in their first year of a graduate program within the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering. The scholarship is for $5,000 payable at the end of the fall semester.

The scholarship is named for long-time structural team member Donald Tong who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in 2018. Donald epitomized the integrated design culture at the heart of DIALOG and it is our hope this award inspires future structural engineers with some of Donald’s creative, wide ranging, design spirit.

2019 Scholarship Recipient: Jordyn Kent

Jordyn completed her Bachelor of Engineering Science degree at Western University in April 2018. That fall she enrolled in the Master of Applied Science program at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Constantin Christopoulos. Her research focuses on the seismic resiliency of 30-60 storey structures and how to mitigate damage to key components during seismic events. She hopes this leads to safer and more sustainable structures around the world. Jordyn has been very involved in school extracurriculars. She has worked as a teaching assistant, mentored younger female engineers, and participated on a concrete toboggan team. Outside of school, Jordyn was provincial level gymnast for many years and has since transitioned into coaching young athletes. Her interest in using design to improve the global community and contribution to her own communities is why Jordyn was selected as the inaugural Donald Tong Graduate Scholarship recipient.

Congratulations, Jordyn!


Photo: DIALOG Structural Engineering Principal, Daria Khachi (left); Donald’s daughter Jane Tong (centre); recipient, Jordyn Kent (right)

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