The Bentley Institute Student Ambassador Program encourages young engineers who are resourceful, communicative, and passionate about technology to hone their skills and promote new trends in the industry among their peers. They find the most effective way to reach out to their fellow classmates, to plan and organize activities which keep students engaged and interested in advancing their knowledge of the infrastructure industries. Student Ambassadors’ contributions add value to academic courses on their home campus, by facilitating a bridge over the gap between academic learning and the technology skills needed by industry.

Maneesh Thakur, from Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar in India, was recommended by professors to become a Student Ambassador for his campus. Maneesh had good leadership skills to undertake the responsibilities of guiding and assisting his peers in becoming proļ¬cient in the use of Bentley software while also documenting and communicating any opportunities, requests, or challenges. 

A third-year student of the Civil Engineering program, when appointed as a Bentley Institute Student Ambassador in 2016, Maneesh organized a group of students on his campus who were interested in learning and using Bentley’s software. To be more organized, he also created an email ID specifically for Bentley-related academic queries and requests from students on his campus, which he moderates and responds to.

Soon after his appointment, he oriented students regarding Bentley’s Academic Program and helped them to create their individual accounts on STUDENTserver, so they could access the comprehensive suite of software and begin accessing OnDemand training to build their learning transcripts (a great advantage when they are seeking jobs).

Starting in January 2017, Maneesh promoted virtual sessions for students to acquaint themselves with STAAD.Pro and ContextCapture and encouraged them to submit their projects to the 2017 Bentley Institute Student Design Competition; his support resulted in a good number of entries from his campus.

In September 2017, Maneesh again offered an orientation session for nearly 150 students on his campus to increase awareness of the resources available to them via Bentley’s Academic Program, guiding them to create their accounts on the STUDENTserver and showing them how to download software for their use. In November, he organized and promoted a Student Design Competition especially for students on his campus, with the support of his professors and Bentley Institute’s Academic team. For the contest, students designed and performed a structural analysis of a G+4 Commercial Building using STAAD.Pro. The 50 participating students were able to apply their academic knowledge and improve their project via use of technology, increasing their overall interest in structural engineering! The best projects were chosen by the Faculty Ambassadors of the institute, and participation certificates were provided to all.

Being a proactive Student Ambassador, Maneesh always makes sure that fellow students on his campus are regularly updated about the latest technology and offerings from Bentley; he is also constantly lending a helping hand to organize and support any engagement activity for the Institute. A regular series of activities on his campus was a result of the consistent efforts from Maneesh’s side to understand and network with his peers according to their requirements and the support and benefits extended by Bentley Institute.

 

Maneesh said that the Student Ambassador Program offers him opportunities to learn and grow as an individual, and he feels sure that this experience will help him to become a successful infrastructure professional in the future. For example, his role as a Bentley Institute Student Ambassador has helped Maneesh develop his public speaking skills, so he is now confident speaking in front of a large crowd. Guiding his fellow peers, Maneesh always encourages them to grab every opportunity that comes their way and to put in their best efforts to achieve the desired goals.

We would like to thank Maneesh for his contributions as a Bentley Institute Student Ambassador on his campus. We are confident that he is up for any challenge that his career in the future holds for him! 

 

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