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Research Selected for National Geotechnical Engineering Competition in Atlanta

Jan. 29, 2014; Updated Feb. 27, 2014

UPDATE : The Titan team beat their competitors in the "Geo-Wall" competition Feb. 26, capturing the 2014 National Geo-Challenge Award. Finishing behind the Titans were Cal Poly Pomona at No. 2 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at No. 3.

Of 16 collegiate teams selected nationwide, Cal State Fullerton civil engineering students are this year's top qualifier for the "Geo-wall" design competition, presented by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The four-member team will build and test its design of a stabilized earth wall at the 2014 Geo-Congress national competition Feb. 23-26 in Atlanta.

Team members, who received a travel grant and free registration to the conference, are:

  • John Thurlo of Chino Hills, senior and team captain
  • Matthew Farrington of Mission Viejo, senior
  • Daniel Judge of Anaheim, senior
  • John Stapleton of Fullerton, freshman

Civil engineering graduate students Santiago Caballero of Brea and Sneha Upadhyaya of Fullerton also qualified to present their geotechnical engineering research in the "Geo-poster" competition. They also received a travel grant and free registration to attend the conference.

The students' faculty adviser is Binod Tiwari, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

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