by Deborah Silliman Wolfe/College of Engineering
Two UTSA graduate students and their team won first place in a student design competition held at the Pipelines 2014 Conference in Portland, Oregon, August 6, 2014. Sepehr Rezaeimalek and Abdolreza Nasour are both pursuing graduate degrees from the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
“Abdolreza and Sepehr demonstrated exceptional knowledge, professionalism and team work skills,” said Katerina Lachinova, board and programs specialist with Engineering Programs Division at ASCE’s Construction Institute. “They played critical roles, demonstrated exceptional presentation skills and helped their team to win the engineering challenge.”
According to Lachinova, the Construction Institute developed the Student Days as a program for civil engineering students designed to introduce students to the construction engineering aspects of the industry using a unique approach that brings classroom lessons to life.
“Students worked in teams with practitioners for three days to develop winning solutions to a civil engineering problem,” said Lachinova. “Corporate recruiters and CI Board Members were on site to evaluate the students and judge the winning team, based on their solution and presentation.”
The civil engineering problem the student teams were asked to work on this year was to provide engineering services for the design of a raw water conveyance pipeline for Hometown Water District, Oregon (HWD). According to the ASCE Student Days website, the design scope of competition included properly sizing the pressure and gravity pipelines for the full range of flow; selecting the proper material for each segment; selecting the proper pressure class and/thickness for both segments; providing a hydraulic analyses with hydraulic grade lines (HGL) through the range of flow, and identifying permit and regulatory requirements for the alignment.
“I feel honored to have had the opportunity to participate in this marvelous event,” said Nasouri. “We are so proud of our achievement and the fact that we could positively represent UTSA.”
In addition to Rezaeimalek and Nasouri, civil engineering doctoral student Hossein Roshani also attended the conference and competed in the competition with another team.