The Bentley Student Ambassador Program strives to bridge 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 Student Ambassadors become the go-to person at their school, ensuring that students and educators become familiar with Bentley software. They are also inspired by infrastructure projects leveraging our solutions, and follow 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.
A wonderful example of a Bentley Student Ambassador is Syed Ali Sarwar, a graduate Engineering student at the Kingsville campus of Texas A&M University in Texas, United States. He is also President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at his campus.
After a Bentley Academic team member gave a September 2015 seminar on campus, about BIM in Engineering, Syed immediately volunteered to become a Bentley Student Ambassador. The very next day, he began sharing information about accessing STUDENTserver with fellow students who missed the Bentley seminar. Syed also took the initiative to ensure IT staff installed Bentley software on more computers on campus, since students appreciate the ability to use the software both on campus and on their personal computers (the latter via STUDENTserver).
In September, Syed gave over 60 members of their ASCE student chapter a tutorial on STAAD.Pro, leveraging the Quick Start learning path and Steel Bridge Competition materials that Bentley’s academic team provided. He promotes Academic webinars by Bentley to professors and fellow students, and provided additional STAAD.Pro lessons during the fall—along with more STUDENTserver demonstrations in October and again in February.
TAMU Kingsville’s ASCE student chapter is leveraging STAAD in their team’s steel bridge design as a result of his encouragement and support; we hope to see them in the finals of the 2016 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition.
Congratulations to Syed Ali Sarwar, who has done a stellar job supporting his fellow students as a Bentley Student Ambassador!