Graduate student Amar Shukla received a Best in Conference award at the 2010 Ohio University Transportation Centers Student Research Conference held at Akron University last fall.
His presentation, “Causes of Bumps at Pavement-Bridge Interface,” was based on his research that focused on finding causes of bumps at points where pavement and bridge meet and offering possible solutions to reduce them. Conducted over a two-year period, his research included experiments using computer-generated models and simulations. The extensive calculations he performed during the presentation, along with his research, earned him high praise from the judges.
This was the first year for the conference. Students from universities all across Ohio, including YSU, Akron, Case Western Reserve, Kent, Cincinnati and more, attended to present a total of 25 student research projects. A Best in Conference was selected in both the graduate and undergraduate categories.
Shukla, who currently resides in Youngstown, is continuing his research for his graduate thesis. He plans to graduate with a master’s in civil and environmental engineering in spring 2011. Coming to YSU from his hometown near New Delhi, India, Shukla earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering in 2007 from the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology at Aligarh Muslim University, India.
“I am highly impressed by the education system in the United States,” said Shukla. “It surely has improved my engineering skills.”