April 2023 Statler Circuit: Department Digest and Awards
Alex Phares, a senior civil engineering student, was awarded the 2023 Stafford E. Thornton Outstanding Senior Award at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Virginias regional Conference. The conference was hosted at Marshall University in Huntington on April 13-15. Phares currently serves as the WVU ASCE conference coordinator and the co-caption of the WVU concrete canoe team. During the conference the WVU team competed against five schools in the concrete canoe competition.
Although they did not win the overall competition, the team, comprised of 16 students from WVU, performed well in the racing portion of the event. They finished second in the male sprint and four-person co-ed sprint, and third in the female sprint competitions. Additionally, Matthew Weatherholt, a junior civil engineering student on the WVU concrete canoe team, took home first place in the concrete frisbee competition.
“We were passionate about having the team attend the conference this year with their very own canoe,” said Sam Rotsch, co-captain of the WVU concrete canoe team and a civil engineering major. “I’m really proud of the team and the canoe we built this year. Though we didn’t win the competition, we turned the heads of the judges and other schools with the unique and creative canoe we produced this past year.”
WVU’s Design, Build and Fly club participated in the 27th annual Design/Build/Fly competition hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Members of WVU DBF traveled to Tucson, Arizona on April 13-16, where they participated in a series of tests that included building and testing an aircraft that can carry out flight missions such as surveillance and jamming. The WVU DBF team, which is comprised of more than 40 students from various majors, finished in 22nd place out of 99 teams at the competition.
WVU's Society of Women Engineers received the Outstanding Student Organization Award from Student Engagement and Leadership during its annual Student Organization Excellence Awards Banquet. This award recognizes a student organization that demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity and perseverance, while making a meaningful contribution to students, WVU and/or the surrounding community.
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Anurag Srivastava, chairperson and professor in Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, won the 2022 Institution of Engineering Technology Best Paper Premium Award. Premium awards are given by IET to recognize the best papers published within the last two years. Srivastava paper “Resilience of the electric distribution systems: concepts, classification, assessment, challenges, and research needs” provides a detailed overview of distribution system resilience, the classification, assessment, metrics for measuring resilience, possible methods for enabling resilience and the associated challenges. Distribution system resilience is an emerging topic of interest given an increasing number of extreme events and adverse impacts on the power grid.
Mining and Industrial Extension
The WVU Mine Rescue Blue Team finished first in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Competition, beating out teams from two other universities. The team placed first in both the BG-4 Bench and the Bio240 R Bench, which are skills competitions where a breathing apparatus is intentionally broken, and the teams have 30 minutes to find a solution. Students on the WVU Mine Rescue Blue Team include mining and civil engineering majors Joshua Riffle, mining engineering majors Dawson Apple, Ricky Ferenchak, Dylan Shilling, Owen Smith and Justin Waybright, and mechanical engineering major Grace Hansen. The competition took place on April 1, 2023, at the Leer Mining Complex in Grafton.
Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor David Martinelli received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maryland’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The award is given to notable alumni to recognize their contributions to the civil engineering profession. Martinelli was honored at an award ceremony at UMD on April 14.
“While I have spent my career working at West Virginia University, my time at the University of Maryland was invaluable in shaping my career and providing me with a strong foundation in Civil Engineering,” said Martinelli. “This award is a testament to the critical role of higher education in creating transformative experiences that inspire people to make a difference.”
Contact: Paige Nesbit
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
304.293.4135, Paige Nesbit
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