Tennessee Tech alumnus awarded Student Innovation Fellowship

COOKEVILLE – The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation recently awarded Tennessee Tech alumnus Brandon J. Perry the Student Innovation Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. He will receive $5,000 to fund a research project that furthers innovation in structural engineering and applied mechanics.

Perry will use the fellowship to further his research in unmanned aerial vehicle-based structural inspections, with a focus on data analytics and digital twin application for bridges.

He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Colorado State University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Tech University and a master’s degree, also in civil engineering, from Colorado State University.

He is one of six students to be awarded a scholarship or research fellowship by The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of forward-thinking engineering professionals,” said Richard Tomasetti, chairman of Thornton Tomasetti Foundation. “We are pleased to recognize the achievements of these outstanding students and to support their continued academic growth.” 

The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in February 2008, is focused on funding fellowships and scholarships for undergraduate students and those planning to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology. It also provides financial support for individuals and organizations pursuing philanthropic activities related to building engineering, design or technology. Key elements of the program are college scholarships and grants to, and partnerships with, nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://thorntontomasettifoundation.org.

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