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Engineering Students Earn National Awards

March 18, 2013

Cal State Fullerton civil and environmental engineering students returned to campus with an armful of awards from the recent American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Congress national competition in San Diego.
While there, students competed in three national-level competitions, emerging as finalists in each one, said faculty mentor Binod Tiwari, acting chair and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
“Students who participated in the competitions once again showed the strength of our program in the national event,” Tiwari said.
Geotechnical engineering involves the analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures and other systems that involve earth materials, such as soil or rock, explains Tiwari, the students’ faculty adviser.

 In the final competitions, held March 4, CSUF’s “Geo-wall” team finished third — a tie with UCLA — for its design report. The team members are: seniors Alex Lemmon and Kelby Styler, both of Irvine, and Suzanne Moubayed of Mission Viejo; and junior Michael Ayad of Covina. The team also finished 10th for construction and economy of its model of a stabilized earth wall.
In the “Geo-prediction” category, Ayad and graduate student Santiago Caballero of Brea placed fourth. For the competition, students had to predict the behavior of a real-world geotechnical system and calculate the level of ground water at the time of a slope failure, Tiwari said.
The “Geo-poster” research winners include third place winner Beena Ajmera (year, degree) and seventh place winner Sneha Upadhyaya of Fullerton.

By: Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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