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CE Ph.D. Students Present Research at Annual TRB Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Four Civil Engineering doctoral students made presentations and participated in a panel discussion at the 97th Transportation Research Board meeting January 7-11 in Washington, D.C.

The doctoral students, Surya Sarat Chandra Congress, Jasaswee Das, Sayanthan Chakraborty and Rinu Samuel, are studying under Civil Engineering Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering for Research Anand Puppala.

“I am proud of all of my students for their hard work that led to invitations to participate in the TRB meeting,” Puppala said. “Each of them did a very good job with their presentations and they were well-received by the attendees.”

Surya S.C. Congress presents at the TRB Annual ConferenceCongress made three technical presentations, including invited talks in sessions related to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle studies by Departments of Transportation and in innovations in geotechnical engineering. Both sessions are regarded as ‘hot topic’ sessions at the TRB. In addition, he participated in a DOT group panel that discussed on UAV studies and how they can be used for health monitoring of civil infrastructure.

Congress is working with Puppala on several UAV-related projects, including an NSF RAPID grant to map debris piles in Beaumont, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey to help the city predict the cost of removing the remaining debris, and a TxDOT contract to develop UAV based methods to assess the conditions of highways, bridges and railways. Das and Chakraborty made a technical podium presentation on combined resiliency and sustainability framework on embankments and pavement projects.

Rinu Samuel makes her poster presentation at the TRB Annual MeetingSamuel was invited to give a poster presentation about her ongoing research work related to geopolymers for soil stabilization. She is an Eisenhower Fellowship awardee. The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines to advance the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry.

The meeting was attended by more than 14,000 practitioners, engineers, researchers, and academicians from around the world. TRB is a program unit of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, a non-profit organization that provides independent, objective, and interdisciplinary solutions. Presentation and publication at TRB is regarded as a major accomplishment for those working in transportation related fields.