Program Awards Winning Students Scholarships for Creating Technically Advanced Projects and Recognizes the Achievements of Educators and Mentors
Exton, Pa. U.S.A. – Sept. 5, 2012 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that the call for submissions in Bentley’s 2013 Student Design Competition, sponsored by Be Careers Network, a continuous learning initiative of Bentley Institute, is now open. University, college, high school, and technical school students are invited to submit projects designed using Bentley software, along with a short essay describing their work. Project submissions will be judged by an independent panel of distinguished educational leaders and industry professionals from around the world. The judges will focus on creativity and skill in applying design and engineering principles. The competition welcomes individual and team efforts comprising no more than three members. All submissions must be received by April 5, 2013. Bentley will award a $2,000 scholarship to the winning individual or team in each of the categories at the college/university level, and a $1,500 scholarship to the winning individual or team at the high school/technical school level.
“As engineers with years of experience enter retirement, infrastructure organizations around the globe seek new talent with knowledge of advanced information modeling software to design, build, and operate better-performing, more sustainable infrastructure,” said Scott Lofgren, global director of Be Careers Network. “The Student Design Competition is one of the many ways in which our Be Careers Network encourages high school students to explore careers in the infrastructure professions, and helps university and college students who have already selected this career path acquire the commercial software skills they’ll need to secure employment upon graduation.”
University, college, or community college students can submit projects in one of five categories: “Architectural Design,” “Road or Bridge Design,” “Rendering Using MicroStation,” “Engineering,” and “Solving a Problem With GIS Technology.” High school and technical school students can participate in the “Design an Efficient Retail Center” category. Submissions in each category must make clear the project’s problem, intent, and solution, and support the design models with architectural or engineering drawings using any of the applications in Bentley’s comprehensive portfolio of software for sustaining infrastructure.
Students, along with their winning projects, will be recognized at their respective schools. Each winner or winning team will receive a handcrafted award for display at school. Winners and winning teams will also be able to choose 10 seats of Bentley software – from the more than 50 products available through the academic subscription – for use by their schools.
For additional information about the submission process or to fill out a submission form, visit www.bentley.com/studentdesign.
About Be Careers Network
Be Careers Network, a key continuous learning initiative of Bentley Institute, is dedicated to helping students graduate with the technology skills needed to start careers as infrastructure professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields. It accomplishes this by providing programs for students, faculty, and schools, including affordable software licenses, training, curriculum counseling, and scholarships. The programs are geared to the needs of students in universities, colleges, high schools, and technical schools. For additional information about Be Careers Network, visit www.becareers.org.
About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and over $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2003, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities. To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit www.bentley.com/500.