Student Paper Competition

ASDSO invites students to enter the Student Paper Competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at U.S. universities or colleges. ASDSO's annual Student Paper Competition will be held in conjunction with Dam Safety 2020, Sept. 20-24 in Palm Springs, CA. We invite students to submit papers on dam and levee safety.

Topics may include traditional areas of design engineering, structural and geotechnical analysis, hydrology, hydraulics, construction, risk management and hazard mitigation, emergency action planning, dam security, and policy. In addition, case studies, emerging and innovative technologies, and senior capstone projects are encouraged.

Each winning paper will receive a $500 prize and a travel stipend (up to $400) to attend Dam Safety 2020. Winning papers will also be published in the annual conference proceedings. Other selected entries will be invited to participate in the Dam Safety 2020 Poster & Lightning Talk Forum. Conference registration fees will be waived for all participating students enrolled in colleges or universities in the U.S. who present a valid student ID.

All student entries must include a 400-word (maximum) abstract, and should be submitted online. The student paper competition also requires an executive summary of at least 1,200 words. Announcements of selected papers and invited posters will be made in early April. Please contact Brittany Lewis at (855) 228-9732 or [email protected] with any questions you may have.

The deadline to submit abstracts and executive summaries is February 4, 2020. To submit your entry, click here.

2019 Student Paper Competition Winners

ASDSO’s tenth annual Student Paper Competition winners were honored at Dam Safety 2019, in Orlando, FL.

Arced Labyrinth Weirs in Reservoirs
Seth D. Thompson, Hydraulic and Hydrologic Designer, Gannett Fleming (Formerly a MS Student at Utah State University)
Co-Author: Blake P. Tullis, Ph.D., Professor, Utah State University

Regional Semi-Empirical Site Response Model for Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta Levees
Tristan E. Buckreis, Ph.D. Student, University of California, Los Angeles


Award History

2018 Rowshon Jadid, North Carolina State University; Lucien Hollins, Arizona State University
2017 Shahin Safavizadeh, North Carolina State University; Thomas Robbins, Boise State University
2016 Emily Reed, Tennessee Technological University; Yi Tyan Tsai, University of California Los Angeles
2015 Alexander P. Sturm, University of California Davis; Ali Asghari Tabrizi, University of South Carolina; Lourdes Polanco-Boulware, Utah State University
2014 Daniel VandenBerge, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Beena Ajmera, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Laura Ferre, University of Colorado-Denver
2013 Natalie A. Youngblood, Colorado State University; Lourdes Polanco, Utah State University; Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf, and Nowfel Mahmud Bhuyian, Tennessee Technological University
2012 Sittinan Benjasupattananan, University of Delaware; Wyatt Jenkins, University of Missouri; Kevin Cook, Kristin Pesman, Katrina Schwab, James Shannon, and Justin Milne, Seattle University
2011 Christopher Sandt, University of North Carolina; Mishelle Shriro and Diego Cobos-Roa, UC-Berkeley; Mahdi Khalilzad, North Carolina State University
2010 Benjamin Skousen, University of Utah; Lourdes Polanco, Utah State University
2009 Rachael Bisnett, Purdue University; David Judi, University of Utah; Abouzar Sadrekarimi, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
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