Student Paper Competition


Student Paper Competition

Each year, ASDSO invites students to enter the Student Paper Competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at U.S. universities or colleges.

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 the Dam Safety conference. Winning papers will also be published in the annual conference proceedings. Other selected entries may be invited to participate in the Dam Safety Conference 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

Watch for details on the 2023 competition to be posted in December 2022. 

2022 Competition Winner

Federal Actors in Dam Removal Policy: Legal and Bureaucratic Influences in the Decommissioning of Powered and Non-Powered Dams in the United States 
Arianna Dreschler
Marquette University


Competition History

2021

Pegah Ghasemi, North Carolina State University

2020

Wyatt Lantz, Utah State University; Rowshon Jadid, North Carolina State University

2019

Seth D. Thompson, Utah State University; Tristan E. Buckreis, University of California, Los Angeles

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