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New Scholarship Announced for Civil Engineering Students

Allison Preston • DATE: October 12, 2017

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (CEEES) announced a new scholarship through the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) New York Post, and Robert and Patricia Tallet Stromsted. The John H. Tallet scholarship, named after Patricia Tallet Stromsted’s late father, will be presented every year to a junior or senior student in the CEEES Department who demonstrates outstanding academic, professional, and leadership qualities. The award consists of a $1,000 cash prize.

John (Jack) Tallett was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received a Bachelor of Arts and Letters in Law. He served in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 Navigator in World War II. As an attorney, he represented the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) during the expansion of the state’s highway network. Additionally, he represented the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) during the development and implementation of the BART system. He worked closely with engineers throughout his career on cases involving real estate, hydrology, hydraulics, and geotechnical and construction issues.

Civil Engineering Senior Christianos Burlotos was named the inaugural recipient of the John H. Tallet scholarship. Burlotos’ area of concentration is structural engineering. He is involved with several student organizations within the CEEES Department, including the Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development (NDSEED) organization. NDSEED, in partnership with the non-profit Bridges to Prosperity, creates footbridges in rural communities around the world. In the past, he served as a volunteer course assistant. This year he was named the project manager and will lead a group of students on a trip to Bolivia.

Additionally, Burlotos has been involved with Engineering2Empower, an organization comprised of faculty and students at the University of Notre Dame who facilitate access to housing in Haiti.

Beyond the CEEES Department, Burlotos is involved with the Notre Dame Glee Club and the Rock Climbing Club.

After graduation, he is interested in seeking employment. Burlotos is also interested in pursuing a graduate degree in civil engineering.