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Purdue Geotech Student wins National
Alain El Howayek
(3rd from left) with his first-prize trophy at the 2012 Geo-Congress
Good news for the
Purdue Geotech group from the 2012 Geo-Congress
which took place March 25-29 in Oakland, CA. The Geo-Congress, which is the
top event of the year for the US geotechnical community, brought together over 1000 participants, including more than
One of the student
activities - the poster competition - saw a Purdue student - Alain El Howayek emerge as the winner. 60
posters were submitted, of which 25 were accepted for the competition that
also required a short (3 min) presentation.
The judging panel,
which included faculty members from various universities, industry
professionals and representatives from the Graduate Student Organization
Student Leadership Council, ultimately selected Alain's poster entitled Characterization,
Rheology and Microstructure of Laponite Suspensions for
the top of three prizes that were awarded at the "Hero and Awards
Luncheon" on March 27.
summarizes the NSF sponsored research that Alain completed for his MS degree
working with Professors Antonio Bobet, Marika Santagata and Joe Sinfield of Civil Engineering and Professor Cliff
Johnston of Agronomy.
Alain is currently
pursuing his PhD degree in geotechnical engineering at Purdue.