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2016 O.H. Ammann Fellowship Winners

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship. The Ammann Fellowship is bestowed annually to a member(s) for the purpose of encouraging the creation of new knowledge in the field of structural design and construction. 

Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will be accepted until November 1, 2016. The application package needs to include a three page summary of the research project, a personal statement, transcripts, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Fellowships will be at least $5,000. See the Ammann Fellowship webpage for more information and to apply .

Stamatina Chasioti

Stamatina Chasioti Portrait Stamatina Chasioti is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering and a Master's degree (Hons) in Structural and in Earthquake Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. Prior to pursuing her PhD studies, Stamatina has been employed to qualification projects for fasteners by the University of Stuttgart in Germany in cooperation with international firms. She is a member of the CSA S6 Task Force on FRC/UHPFRC for the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and the fib TG 2.5 'Bond in Concrete'. She has co-authored papers on the seismic assessment of lightly reinforced concrete structures and fiber reinforced concrete, and was the recipient of the Applied Science and Engineering Faculty Graduate Studies Endowment Fund award by the University of Toronto. Stamatina is a student member of ASCE/SEI and ACI since 2013. Her research interests include analysis and modeling of concrete structures using novel materials, reinforced concrete mechanics and constitutive modeling. The focus of her doctoral thesis is on the shear behavior of Hybrid Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete for use in high performance structures.

Amal Elawady

Amal Elawady Portrait Amal Elawady, S.M.ASCE, EIT, is a PhD candidate at The University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada. She has received the Alan Davenport Award for Excellence in Wind Engineering in 2015 and Best Student Paper Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers in 2016. She received her M.Sc., and B.Sc., degrees from Ain Shams University in Egypt. Elawady has published and submitted more than 15 journal and conference papers. During her M.Sc. studies, Elawady gained vast experience in seismic analysis and design of buildings. She also worked as a structural designer on various projects in the Middle East and Africa through the consultant firm "Dar Group." Through her PhD work, Elawady was able to find solutions to mitigate transmission line failures during thunderstorms that caused fatalities and financial hardship for many people due to the resulting power outages. She conducted a unique experiment where she executed the world's first aero-elastic three-dimensional wind testing at the WindEEE dome to evaluate thunderstorm induced responses on a multi-span guyed transmission line. The test considered several downburst-loading scenarios where various wind speeds, ground roughness, location and angles of attack were simulated. Elawady proposed a set of design guidelines to assist practitioners in designing transmission lines to resist thunderstorms. These research results are being considered for inclusion in the next revision of MOP ASCE-74. 

Maha Kenawy

Maha Kenawy Portrait Maha Kenawy is a PhD candidate in structural engineering at the University of California, Davis. She is a recipient of the Laboratory Instruction Graduate Fellowship, and the LEAD Program Undergraduate Scholarship from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where she received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees. Maha was recently the course instructor of Engineering Statics at UC Davis, and is currently working on her research on modeling of localization in reinforced concrete elements.

Parisa Khodabakhshi

Parisa Khodabakhshi Portrait Parisa Khodabakhshi is a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University. She is a Civil Engineering doctoral student working under the supervision of Professor Reddy. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Civil Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Her current areas of research are in the fields of applied mechanics, continuum mechanics, and computational mechanics. She has published 4 peer-reviewed journal papers and has presented her research at several conferences. She has earned several awards including "Texas A&M College of Engineering Excellence Fellowship", and "Women in Engineering (WE) Continuing Student Scholarship". She has recently been nominated as Graduate Teaching Fellow by College of Engineering at Texas A&M University which entitles her as the instructor of an undergraduate course in Civil Engineering Department during her doctoral studies.

Seyedsina (Sina) Yousefianmoghadam

Seyedsina Yousefianmoghadam Portrait Seyedsina (Sina) Yousefianmoghadam is a PhD student in Structural Engineering at the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo. Sina earned his MSc in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic. His doctoral research focuses on the seismic assessment of existing structures. He was the graduate student in charge of the dynamic tests on two actual buildings of two and ten stories. Both tests involved progressive damage scenarios. Sina also participated in the reconnaissance efforts following the 2016 Ecuador earthquake by assessing two hospitals and two commercial buildings.