The Best Student Paper Competition was held during the 2013 CSCE Annual Conference in Montreal from May 29 to June 1. There were almost 300 entries and because of this overwhelming response, papers were still being presented after the Student Awards Luncheon and winners could not be announced until after the conference. A team consisting of Dr. Farnaz Sadeghpour from the University of Calgary, Dr. Adel Francis from École de technologie supérieure, and Amie Therrien, CSCE Student and YP Program Coordinator processed all of the paper and presentation evaluations and have determined the winning papers as follows:
1st Place ($500): Taofiq Al-Faesly, University of Ottawa, “Experimental Study of Structures Subjected to Hydrodynamic and Debris Impact Forces”
2nd Place ($300): Mohamed Elsharawy, Concordia University, “Comparison of wind tunnel results with Canadian wind-induced torsion provisions for low- and medium-rise buildings”
3rd Place ($200): Steffanie Piche, University of Ottawa, “Modeling of the Attenuation of Hydraulic Bores by Coastal Forests using the SPH Method”
Honourable Mention: Dina Saad, University of Waterloo, “Optimum Infrastructure Spending: A Microeconomic Perspective”
Honourable Mention: Rolando Moreau, McGill University, “Experimental Testing of Conventional HSS Slotted Tube-to-Plate Connections Loaded Under Static and Dynamic Strain Rates”
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all students who entered the competition and volunteers who helped to make it happen. Next year’s competition will be held in Halifax from May 28th to 31st, 2014. Keep your eye out for the Call for Papers in early fall and make sure to join in on the fun next year!