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Engineering Firm Funds Scholarship In Honor Of Pleasantville Man

Daniel Cuoco, a Pleasantville resident who died last year, will have a scholarship named after him established by his former employer, Thornton Tomasetti, for students at the City College of New York.
Daniel Cuoco, a Pleasantville resident who died last year, will have a scholarship named after him established by his former employer, Thornton Tomasetti, for students at the City College of New York. Photo Credit: Contributed

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- A scholarship named after a former Pleasantville resident will be established by engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti for students at the City College of New York.

The international firm will fund the scholarship in honor of the firm’s former president and CEO, Daniel Cuoco, who died in September 2014.

Cuoco graduated from CCNY in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree in management from Adelphi University.

Cuoco joined Thornton Tomasetti in 1971 and was named Thornton Tomasetti’s president in 2002 and CEO in 2008. He held those positions until his retirement in May 2011 after 40 years with the firm.

He was an active participant in the company’s growth from a 15-person, single-office firm to one that now employs more than 1,000 people and has offices around the globe.

Throughout his career, Cuoco served as a mentor to young engineers. He also helped establish Thornton Tomasetti as a world leader in structural design and was an early adopter of emerging technologies such as Building Information Modeling.

He also led the World Trade Center structural engineering disaster response team in the assessment of buildings in the immediate collapse area following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001

The initial award will be for $5,000, with its first recipient to be announced in spring 2016. Key Points The City College of New York will select the scholarship recipient.

Successful applicants will be high-achieving students pursuing a bachelor of engineering degree and a career in structural engineering.

Those wishing to donate to the scholarship fund can make checks payable to City College Fund and indicate “Daniel Cuoco endowed scholarship” on the memo line. Send the check to 160 Convent Ave, Shepard Hall, Room 166, New York, NY 10031. Attn: Elena Sturman, executive director.

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