Dr. Stephan Durham, Associate Professor of civil engineering at UGA, recently shared with us some exciting news for a group of his freshman students…
A group of freshmen CENGR students from Dr. Stephan Durham’s fall semester Introduction to Civil Engineering Breakout Section recently came in ninth place in the national 2013 American Concrete Institute (ACI)/American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) competition. The team of Helen Bornhost, project manager, along with Caitlin Healy, Dillon Yow, Desiree Watkins and Lauren Shannon were one of over 50 groups who participated in the program; five other UGA groups submitted entries as well. Participants were presented with a “real-world” problem for which they had 14 days to develop a solution and submit a technically written document.
Specifically, the groups were asked to research the impact of concrete slab moisture on flooring materials such as linoleum and answer such questions as: 1) What was the critical path length of time between the concrete placement and flooring installation? 2) How should the floor be tested for moisture? 3) What curing, drying time and other actions should be taken to ensure adequate steps mitigate the potential for moisture damage? Said Dr. Durham, “What is especially exciting is the UGA groups were comprised of first-semester freshmen civil engineering students who were competing primarily against senior civil and construction engineering students from other schools across the country.”
Congratulations to these students!