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Astani Department Students Win Best Paper Awards

Ph.D. students DeVore and Meidani lauded at EMI/PMC 2012
Katie Dunham
August 31, 2012 —

Hadi Meidani (second from left) receives his award at EMI/PMC 2012.

Charles DeVore and Hadi Meidani, Ph.D. students in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, won best student paper awards at the 2012 Joint Conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and the 11th ASCE Joint Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability. The EMI/PMC 2012, hosted at the University of Notre Dame from June 17-20, is an annual forum for the engineering community to exchange new ideas. Student paper awards in Probablistic Mechanics (PM) and Structural Health Monitoring & Control (SHM&C) were presented on June 19.

DeVore, a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering studying under Associate Professor Erik Johnson, won the best student paper award of the SHM&C competition. His paper was entitled "Experimental Verification of Substructure Identification for Damage Detection."  DeVore received a Master's degree from the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering in 2010.  He will earn a Master's in Civil Engineering along with his Ph.D., which he expects to finish in 2013.

Meidani was one of three winners in the PM competition with his

paper entitled “Robust Decision Making for Markov Chains in Random Environment.” He rececived his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering earlier this year and was a student of Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Engineering Technology and EMI president Roger Ghanem.  Hadi is expected to finish his Ph.D. later this year.