The Bentley 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 Student Ambassadors act as the go-to person at their school, ensuring that students and educators become familiar with Bentley software. 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.



Left to right: Vardhan Dongre and Neeraj Kulkarni


Bentley would like to recognize the achievements of two inspiring Bentley Student Ambassadors from the Department of Civil Engineering at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal.

Vardhan and Neeraj worked together to arrange and deliver a two hour event in early February, with a STAAD.Pro workshop included, for Civil Engineering students at their school. 103 attendees were first provided with an introduction to the resources and benefits available in Bentley’s STUDENTserver. The two Ambassadors demonstrated how students can register for STUDENTserver and then download software, take online training, and obtain transcripts and certificates for completed training.


Vardhan and Neeraj solicited the support of teaching faculty from MANIT Bhopal for their session. So, Dr. T.S. Deshmukh helped with coordination of the event, and Dr. Siddhartha Rokade shared his views about how students could benefit from the structural design and analysis workshop. The workshop portion of the event began with an introduction to the concepts of structural analysis by Dr. Vivek Garg, distinguished faculty of structural engineering. Dr. Garg provided some examples of how students can use STAAD.Pro, along with a few case studies.




Bentley Student Ambassadors Vardhan and Neeraj then offered an example of modeling and analysis of a beam with fixed supports in STAAD.PRO, explaining the post processing analysis of the designed beam and illustrating the built-in tutorials for self-instruction on a steel portal frame and RCC frame.


The event was so successful that Vardhan and Neeraj followed it with another session two weeks later—this time delivered virtually! 49 additional students benefited from that second event.


Congratulations to Vardhan and Neeraj for a wonderful job supporting their fellow students, in their role as Bentley Student Ambassadors.