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CE Grad Students Place 1st and 2nd in Student Technical Paper Competition

Brett and SadikBrett DeVries (left), MS student and Mohammed Sadik Khan (right), Ph.D. student received awards for the two best Geo-Institute student technical papers at the ASCE Texas Section Conference and Centennial Celebration. Brett presented his paper titled "Implementation of LRFD for Soil Nails in North Dallas, Texas" while Mohammed presented his paper "Field Performance of a Highway Slope in Texas Reinforced with Recycled Plastic Pins." The conference was held in Corpus Christi, Texas from March 19th to the 23rd, 2013. A total of eleven awards were given to students for their papers encompassing a wide range of Civil Engineering topics.

Brett is a Masters student of Civil Engineering with a focus in Geotechnical Engineering and is currently advised by Dr. Xinbao Yu. His paper is co-authored by Dr. Yu, Carlos Fernandez, Cynthia Zuniga, and Carmen Diaz-Caneja. The paper focuses on implementation of LRFD concepts to soil nails along I-635 and I-35E in North Dallas, Texas.

Mohammad is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering with a focus in Geotechnical Engineering and is currently advised by Dr. Sahadat Hossain. His paper is co-authored by Dr. Hossain, and focuses on the field performance results of a stabilized highway slope located along US 287 in Midlothian, Texas. Stabilization of the slope was completed using low cost Recycled Plastic Pins.