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CE Teams Finish Strong at ASCE Geotech Competition

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Four teams of civil engineering students earned top-three finishes at the ASCE Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando March 12-15.

UTA finished second in the Geo Poster and Geo Prediction competitions, and third in the GeoWall contest. The Geo Poster team was represented by Ph.D. candidate Asif Ahmed and senior Aya Shishani. The Geo Prediction team, which predicted the real-time settlement and movement of a road embankment, was made up of doctoral student Md. Ashraffuzzaman Khan and senior Kelli Greenwood. UTA's GeoInstitute teamsA four-member team including Asif Ahmed, Saif Bin Salah, Kelli Greenwood and Aya Shishani earned honorable mention in the GeoVideo category, in which students produced a video explaining a basic property of soil. The Geo Poster, Geo Prediction and Geo Video teams were mentored by Sahadat Hossain, professor of civil engineering and director of UTA’s Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability. 

In the GeoWall competition, doctoral students Sayantan Chakraborty (captain) and Jasaswee Das and seniors Leopoldo Cardiel Martinez and Amanda Quisenberry were ranked second in the preliminary report and finished third based on the overall competition results. The prestigious annual competition draws participation from top schools in the United States. Teams were assessed on their design elements and constructability skills in building a model mechanically stabilized earth wall able to withstand equivalent pressures in the field. 

A total of 28 teams participated in the design competition and 20 were invited for model demonstration at the conference. The GeoWall event is the premier event in the conference. The team was mentored by Anand Puppala, civil engineering professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering.

“For the second time in the last three years, UTA is in the top 3 in the GeoWall competition. Our students are doing excellent work and proving that UTA deserves its place among the best civil engineering programs in the nation. In the coming years, we hope to be champions,” Puppala said.

UTA won the Geo Prediction competition in 2015 and finished second in the GeoWall contest. The Geo Prediction team also won the coveted Mohr Circle Award trophy that year.

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