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Paving the Way to Safer Bridges

May 10, 2016

James Dawson, Pedro Ruiz-Fabian, Sam Runge, Alaa Elsisi, Hesham El-Emam, Jacob Berry, Yohan Chang and Boris Claros attended the Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri’s annual conference held March 9-11 in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Charles Nemmers.

Civil engineering students sweep top spots at state poster competition

Original story posted by  in the College of Engineering. 

Two Civil Engineering grad students took top honors for their research posters at the Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri’s annual conference held March 9-11 in St. Louis.

Doctoral student Alaa Elsisi’s poster on “Evaluation of Finger Plate and Flat Plate Connection Design” came in first at the conference.

Second place went to master’s student James Dawson, who presented “Use of Infrared Thermography for the Detection of Subsurface Damage in Bridges.”

Elsisi, whose advisor is civil engineering Professor Hani Salim, said he has been conducting transportation research since 2006. 

“I worked in different subjects related to steel and concrete bridges and structures, composite material, and numerical modeling and simulation,” he said.

Elsisi has also published two journal articles about his research.  

Dawson said his research uses infrared cameras to detect thermal gradients in order to detect abnormalities under the surface of concrete bridge decks.

“Multiple testing techniques and multiple infrared cameras have been developed and implemented in the field,” he said of the work.

His adviser is Professor Glenn Washer

Read the original article from the College of Engineering.