Engineering doctoral scholar Milana Cimesa has received the College Transportation Facilities (UTC) Annual Excellent Pupil of the 12 months, awarded by the U.S. Division of Transportation (USDOT). She is certainly one of 34 college students nationwide to win the award.
UTC honors college students for his or her notable contributions to the physique of analysis in multi-modal, public transit, rail and street transportation, in addition to their tutorial efficiency, professionalism and management. Cimesa accepted the award on Jan. 7 at a nationwide ceremony in Washington D.C. together with the Transportation Analysis Board (TRB) annual assembly.
Cimesa is part of the College’s Accelerated Bridge Development College Transportation Middle (ABC-UTC) program within the Faculty of Engineering’s Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) division.
“The USDOT Pupil of the 12 months Award means the world to me,” Cimesa stated. “This was an exciting second in my life and I’m really honored to have been chosen by ABC-UTC. This award is a testomony to all the hassle and exhausting work I’ve put forth in incomes my Ph.D.”
Cimesa’s dissertation is “Advancing Design and Detailing of Extremely-Excessive Efficiency Concrete (UHPC) Axial Columns.” In keeping with UTC’s program, UHPC is a comparatively new era of concrete with superior mechanical and sturdiness properties when in comparison with typical concrete. UHPC has the potential to revolutionize concrete constructions and the development trade. The success of this analysis challenge would enable UHPC for longer service life utilization because of its excessive power sturdiness. That is notably attention-grabbing within the bridge neighborhood, the place a new-generation of precast UHPC bridge columns may be realized, providing extra advantages in high-seismic areas and harsh and coastal environments.
“She may be very devoted and keen about concrete and experimental structural engineering analysis, with the very best requirements of labor ethics and professionalism,” CEE Affiliate Professor Mohamed Moustafa stated.
Moustafa has been Cimesa’s Ph.D. advisor since she joined the graduate program in Fall 2020.