Geosynthetic Institute Awards 11 with 2017 – 2018 Fellowships

The Geosynthetic Institute has announced 11 recipients for the 2017 – 2018 Fellowships. These annually awarded GSI research grants are given out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics.

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GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each worth up to USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-term research may apply for successive year awards.

GSI 2017 – 2018 FELLOWSHIPS

This year’s fellowship winners include 11 recipients from different universities and representing a wide range of geosynthetics topics. The 2017 – 2018 Fellowships:

  • Cihan Cengiz (TC Bogazici University, Turkey ) – Seismic behavior of soft clay foundations under embankments using geosynthetic encased columns
    Advisor: Erol Guler
  • Susom Dutta (University of Massachusetts – Lowell, USA) – Novel geotextiles for energy harvesting
    Advisor: Pradeep Kurup
  • Behnoud  Kermani (Pennsylvania State University, USA) – Numerical investigation on the effectiveness and durability of geotextiles against migration of subgrade soil to overlying granular layer in pavement systems
    Advisor: Ming Xiao
  • Wolfgang  Lieske (Ruhr-Universitat, Germany) – Polymer-modified bentonite for the application in geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCL)
    Advisor: Tom Schanz
  • Chuang Lin (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA) – Analyzation of wicking fabrics used to remove capillary water in road embankments
    Advisor: Xiong Zhang
  • Mohamed Morsy (Queen’s University, Canada) – Selection of a realistic and representative stress crack resistance for use in design
    Advisor: Kerry Rowe
  • Nicole Robey (University of Florida, USA) – Landfill EGS wind uplift research: complementary field and wind tunnel assessments
    Advisor: Tim Townsend
  • Siavash Vahidi (Drexel University, USA) – Evaluation of wrinkle induced strains in geomembranes using a finite element method (FEM)
    Advisor: Grace Hsuan
  • Rodrigo Borela Valente (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) – Numerical modeling of aggregate-geogrid composite behavior for multiaxial geogrids in pavement applications
    Advisor: David Frost
  • Dongfang Wang (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA) – Enhancement of geosynthetics with ultra-hydrophobic and long-lasting organogeopolymers
    Advisor: Guoping Zhang
  • Thomas Williams (University of Virginia, USA) – Protecting geosynthetic in liner systems from atmospheric exposure by utilizing a surcharge layer
    Advisor: Craig Benson

GSI 2017 - 2018 Fellowships

RELATED: See 2016 – 2017 GSI Fellowships List

For more information on any of the 2017 – 2018 fellowships noted here, or for information on the next GSI Fellowship awards cycle, please contact Jamie Koerner (Special Projects Coordinator) at the Geosynthetic Institute: jrkoerner@verizon.net.

See also: www.geosynthetic-institute.org

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