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DIALOG Announces 2023 University of Toronto Donald Tong Graduate Scholarship Recipient

April 18, 2023

DIALOG’s Daria Khachi, Partner and structural engineer; Jordyn Kent, structural engineering intern and former UofT Donald Tong Graduate Scholarship recipient; Brent Sleep, UofT Civil and Mineral Engineering Department Chair; and Jane Tong, daughter of Donald, presented this year’s University of Toronto Donald Tong Graduate Scholarship award to Nick Seal, MASc candidate on Monday, April 10, 2023, at DIALOG’s Toronto studio.

Nick was selected as this year’s scholarship recipient based on his excellent academic record, work experience, and student research projects.

Nick is a MASc civil engineering student at the University of Toronto who is currently pursuing a thesis titled Development and Validation of MDOF Hybrid Simulation using a Small-Scale Adjustable Multidirectional Loading Module. His work is directly involved with the code for the new adjustable multi-dimensional (AMD) loading system which will soon be added to the Civil and Mineral Engineering’s Structural Testing Facility (STF) in the Galbraith Building at the University of Toronto campus.

“I’m really grateful for the recognition with this award. It is really important to be able to recognize the idea that we can all contribute together to make the building environment, and the built environment, a better place,” expresses Nick. “And Donald Tong and DIALOG embodies that spirit. The idea of collaborating, and that the built environment can and should be better than it is, is a really inspiring thing we can all work together to achieve.”’

Congratulations Nick on this well-deserved accomplishment!


Daria Khachi, Nick Seal, Jordyn Kent, and Jane Tong at the Donald Tong Scholarship ceremony at the DIALOG Toronto studio.

About Donald Tong

The University of Toronto Donald Tong Graduate Scholarship in Structural Engineering is named after DIALOG’s long-time structural team member Donald Tong, who tragically passed away in 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Donald epitomized the integrated design culture at the heart of DIALOG. He began his career as an interior designer, followed by a stint as an architectural technologist, before he found his passion in structural engineering. It is our hope that future structural engineers will embody Donald’s creative, wide-ranging design spirit.

Lead photo by Phill Snel, CivMin