YURINTZY ESTRADA, The City College Civil Engineering Major Wins American Public Transportation Foundation Award
Yurintzy Estrada received the Parsons Brinkerhoff-Jim Lammie Scholarship from the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF). The scholarship includes a $5,000 award. Ms Estrada was one of 15 students nationally honored by APTF at its 2005 international exposition in Dallas. She is a senior majoring in civil engineering. Her mentor is Dr. Michel Ghosn, a Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College School of Engineering. He stated that the APTF award was fitting recognition of the quality and skills of The City College engineering students and Ms Estrada in particular. "She is an intelligent and hardworking student who distinguished herself academically and professionally at DMJM Harris," he added.
During the summer of 2005, Ms Estrada was part of the DMJM Harris structural analysis team that worked on the design for the JetBlue terminal expansion at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. She continues to work part-time as an intern with DMJM Harris.
Her parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was two years old. She lives in the Washington Heights section of New York City. She was educated in the New York City public school system and attended Brooklyn Technical High School which is one of the premier high schools in the nation. Admission is by competitive examination. She took the architecture course at Brooklyn Tech.
Since her senior year at Brooklyn Tech she has worked to help her father with the family costs and to pay the City University tuition. Because she was not a permanent resident until the summer of 2005 she did not receive any financial aid. For three years she worked part time as an administrative assistant for an insurance company. For the last year she has had a part time job with DMJM Harris performing structural analyses and drafting. The job, the award and now financial aid as a permanent resident permit Yurintzy Estrada the chance to apply for study for her Master’s Degree after graduation.
Yurintzy is a dialect of an Aztec name. She brings the values and history of Mexico to New York. She states that without The City College she would not have had the opportunity to earn her degree. She loves civil engineering because she said "Transportation is the backbone of many great cities. Thousands of people are dependent upon the effectiveness of mass transportation and they would be unable to work or live without it. One of my biggest concerns is to improve the quality of life for people such as immigrant families, who may not be able to afford a car and have to endure long commutes just to get to work."
In her junior year Ms Estrada was on the Dean’s List. She is a member of the National Golden Key and the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering honor societies.