The Bentley Institute Student Ambassador Program bridges the gap between academic learning and the technology skills needed by industry, by creating a global network of students acting as liaisons between Bentley and their colleges or universities.


Bentley Institute Student Ambassadors act as the go-to person at their respective schools, helping students and educators become familiar with Bentley software and supporting learning resources. They inspire their fellow students with infrastructure projects leveraging Bentley’s solutions, and share developments in industries that are advancing infrastructure. Ambassadors act as leaders on their campus, arranging activities and seminars for students that encourage the use of Bentley technology in fun and creative ways.

Bentley wishes to recognize Manfred Kissling, a Bentley Institute Student Ambassador who is studying Civil Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in California, United States.



Manfred attended a Bentley seminar on his campus last September, and was immediately excited about the opportunity to become an Ambassador for his school. In addition to his activities in the latter part of 2015, he recently arranged a presentation for students in Dr. Mike Manoogian’s structural engineering class. He provided a demonstration of Bentley’s STUDENTserver, introducing students to the many resources and benefits available—including software downloads, online training, and transcripts and certificates for all completed training.


Manfred’s introduction to the wide variety of academic program resources from Bentley was followed by a presentation on structural design and analysis using STAAD.Pro, provided virtually by a specialist from Bentley. Manfred’s initiative to organize these presentations helped his fellow students better understand the analysis of a basic structure, using a static equivalent lateral force procedure (the Rayleigh method), and also how to perform a dynamic analysis using the response spectrum.

Congratulations to Manfred Kissling, on a great job as a Bentley Institute Student Ambassador!