Each year the ASCE Florida Section Branch recognizes excellence in Civil Engineering throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties by representing awards and scholarships at our annual Awards and Board Installation Dinner.
The winner for the 2014-2015 Engineer of the Year Award was our very own SML Director, Dr. Antonio Nanni.
Graduate students at the University of Miami had a commercial application of their research featured in “Composites Manufacturing Magazine”.
The magazine outlines their application of GFRP rebars and instrumentation of the “FATE BRIDGE”, which was inaugurated on October 28, 2015 with University of Miami President Julio Frenk.
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Congratulations to our very own Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Alumni who has been selected to receive the TMS Outstanding Dissertation Award!
Dr. Saman Babaeidarabad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, in Tehran. Saman received his B.Sc. in civil engineering in 2007 form University of Tehran and his M.Sc. degree in structural engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran in 2009. He finished his Ph.D. degree in Civil/Structural engineering from University of Miami under supervision of Dr. Antonio Nanni, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Professor and Chair, in December of 2013. Saman is the author of several full-length publications in prestigious journals and conferences. He is a Member of ASCE, ACI, and TMS society. He received two awards namely: “12 NAMC Outstanding Journal Paper award” as well as “Outstanding Dissertation award” from The Masonry Society (TMS) in 2015. His research area includes the use of cementitious-based composite material systems as an external strengthening technology for reinforced concrete and masonry structures.
We are pleased to announce that the presentation of our very own Ph.D. student, Omid Gooranorimi, was selected to be publicized via CAMX Publication and Social Media! Please read below a few words from Omid:
I attended the "Composite and Advanced Material Expo" (CAMX) in 26-29 Oct 2015 which is one of the most important of conferences in the field of Composite Materials since many companies and industrial groups are participating in it. In the following I have summarized my activities while being there:
I presented a part of my research as a poster with the title of "Microstructural Investigation of Commercially Available Pristine Composite Bars for Concrete Reinforcement". Among more than thirty final presented posters in different fields of composite material. My poster was selected among the top four ones to be publicized through CAMX media and publications. Moreover, I was collaborating with our contacts in a company called "Owens Coring" to attend a competition of "Awards for Composite Excellence". Another part of my research which is "GFRP Rebar After 15 Years of Service in Amarillo, Texas" is employed along with a prepared video by the company. We were one of the finalists but We could not get the award at the end. It was a great experience for me to attend CAMX and participate in mentioned activities. I had the chance to talk to many different people form different fields of engineering to not only expand my views but also to publicize my own research and what we are doing in the structural lab in the university of Miami and how our research impacts different fields in engineering and science.
Sustainable, Innovative Infrastructure Solutions for Halls River Bridge
As part of the “Invitation for Innovation” launched by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Owens Corning is collaborating on a project to build a bridge of the future over Halls River, in Homosassa springs, Florida. The initiative, led by the FDOT, includes members of academia, consulting engineers and the FRP suppliers and manufacturing community. This project is a proof of concept for complete next generation bridge design solutions of the future using a variety of forms of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) and hybrid structural elements. Corrosion and extreme weather can lead to collapse of conventional steel reinforced concrete and Halls River bridge deployment is example how to make FRP concrete structures such as piles, beams, decks, seawalls and traffic railings that demand durability, strength and safety.