The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust awarded two of the three Langan Engineering & Environmental Services Legacy Scholarships this past December.

Awarded to civil engineering students focusing on geotechnical and/or environmental engineering, the three scholarships honor former distinguished members of Langan:

  • The Bernard F. Langan Scholarship at Purdue University
  • The Dennis J. Leary Memorial Scholarship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The Donald J. Murphy Memorial Scholarship at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The recipient of the $5,000 Bernard F. Langan Scholarship at Purdue is Ruben Tovar, a PhD candidate in civil engineering. His research topic is the “Effect of Particle Crushing on the Axial Capacity of Piles.”

The recipient of the $5,000 Donald J. Murphy Memorial Scholarship at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is Hio Kuan “Elsa” Kong, an undergraduate student studying civil engineering with a minor in construction management. She is interested in pursuing a career in environmental engineering.

The fund was established in 2015 with a $200,000 donation from Langan Engineering & Environmental Services and an additional contribution of more than $100,000 made by many principals of Langan.

Donations to the Langan Engineering & Environmental Services Legacy Scholarship Fund can be made online at   

The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. Its mission 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.

DFI is an international association of over 3,300 members worldwide, made up of contractors, engineers, suppliers, manufacturers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Their multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design, and construction of deep foundations and excavations. The DFI brings together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration, and promotes the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach.