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O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship

Information about the O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship

The O. H. Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural Engineering, which is bestowed annually to a member for the purpose of encouraging the creation of new knowledge in the field of structural design and construction. The O. H. Ammann Fellowship was endowed in 1963 by O. H. Ammann, Hon.M.ASCE, and was increased in 1985 by Klary V. Ammann (widow of O. H. Ammann).

2015 applications are due November 1, 2014.

The 2015 application will be posted later this summer.  

Announcement of the 2014 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship Award

The SEI Technical Activities Division Executive Committee awarded five 2014 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowships in Structural Engineering. SEI continues to receive an increasing number of highly qualified applications for this fellowship. The five winners are described below:

Mahdi Arezoumandi 2014 AmmannAfter completing his Master’s Degree in Earthquake/Structural Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic in 2002, Mahdi Arezoumandi worked as a structural engineer at Small Industries and Industrial Park Organization (SIIPO) where he was involved in the design of a wide range of civil engineering structures such as buildings, bridges, industrial structures, and water reservoirs.  He came to the United States to continue his education in structural engineering in 2009, seeking PhD degree at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His PhD research is evaluating structural performance of chemically-based self consolidating concrete, high volume fly ash concrete, and recycled aggregate concrete. He has published 19 journal papers and 11 conference papers so far. He has won couple of scholarships from Post Tensioning Institute (PTI) and Chi Epsilon Honor Society. He also awarded the Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper in Bridge Engineering in 2013. Furthermore, he is a winner of couple of best poster awards from American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) in 2012 and 2013. More recently, he awarded the National University Transportation Center (NUTC) student of the year in 2014.He has served as a vice president of both Chi Epsilon Honor Society and the Council of Graduate Student (CGS) at Missouri University of Science and Technology. In professional activities, he is a member of technical committees of both ACI and Transportation Research Board (TRB). He also serves as a reviewer of several refereed journals including Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE), Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier), Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier), and Frontier of Structural and Civil Engineering (Springer).

Chen 2014 AmmannDonna Chen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, with First Class Honors, from Queen’s University in 2007.  She then worked as a Junior Civil Engineer at WorleyParsons for two years, establishing infrastructure for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) projects for companies such as Husky Energy and Pengrowth Energy Corp.  In 2009, she began her graduate studies at the University of Calgary, focusing on the design and testing of hybrid flexural members, composed of high performance materials such as Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) and Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC), intended for bridge applications.  Upon completion of her M.Sc. degree in 2011, she decided to pursue her Ph.D. degree, focusing on research towards the development of full-scale multi-girder hybrid bridge deck systems. Of particular interest to her is the study of bond behaviour at material interfaces.  She has conducted research studying the performance of a specially designed epoxy bonded coarse silica sand aggregate layer under mixed mode bending conditions, using fracture mechanics theories to derive cohesive zone model parameters for implementation in finite element analysis.  She is a Killam Scholar and has received scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship program.  During her graduate studies, she has published 7 journal papers and 14 conference papers.  She served for two years as the President of the Civil Engineering Graduate Society and sat on various committees and advisory boards over the years, including service as the Chair of the Finance Standing Committee at the Graduate Student Association and Graduate Representative on the Academic Appointment Review Committee for the Schulich School of Engineering.  She has participated in numerous Women in Engineering events at the University of Calgary and participated as a guest panel speaker at the “Graduate Opportunities in Science and Engineering Event” to promote higher female participation at the graduate level.  In her spare time, she has also devoted time as a volunteer at the Sino-Canada Association Calgary Chinese School, a local K-12 Saturday Mandarin language school.

Fogarty 2014 AmmannJulie Fogarty is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan studying the influence of local instabilities on the seismic collapse resistance of steel columns. She received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. After receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Rackham Merit Fellowship, Julie began graduate school at the University of Michigan and has earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. She served as the JHU ASCE Student Chapter President for two years, the University of Michigan EERI Student Chapter President this past year, and actively engages in outreach with the Graduate Society of Women Engineers and American Society of Engineering Education.

 Phillips 2014 AmmannAdam Phillips has attended Virginia Tech for his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees. For three years during his bachelor’s degree he was involved with the Virginia Tech ASCE Concrete Canoe Team. He was co-captain and concrete mix-design leader for the last two years. Additionally, during his undergraduate degree he was awarded the Virginias – Carolinas Structural Steel Fabricators Association Scholarship and the Garst – Walker Academic Scholarship. During his senior year he took and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and received an EIT certification. Throughout his graduate studies he have been involved with the graduate student chapters of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Adam has taken a leadership role in SEI by being an officer and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service by the Virginia Tech Civil Engineering department.  At the conclusion of his M.S. degree, Adam was selected to be a recipient of the prestigious Charles E. Via PhD Fellowship. This Fellowship provides full tuition coverage, healthcare, and a generous stipend for three years for PhD students. He hopes to continue serving the Virginia Tech Civil Engineering Department as well as the Structural Engineering profession the best he can throughout the remainder of studies and his career.

Yeallavajjala 2014 AmmannRavi Kiran Yellavajjala obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from S.R.K.R. college of engineering (Andhra University) in 2007. During his undergraduate study, Ravi served as student chairman and executive body member of Institution of Engineers (India) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) student chapters, respectively. He received best student award in 2006 for his services to ISTE student chapter. At graduation, Ravi received University gold medal for standing first in Andhra University and was recognized as the best outgoing student in S.R.K.R. college of engineering for the year 2007. After graduation, Ravi joined Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) to pursue his master’s degree in Structural Engineering. In 2008, Ravi received German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship to conduct his master’s thesis research in University of Stuttgart (Germany). For his master’s thesis, Ravi proposed graphical interaction curves to estimate the shear capacity of poorly designed reinforced concrete beam-column joints constructed prior to 1970’s. In 2009, Ravi joined Computational Physics and Structural Simulation Lab (CPSSL) at University of Notre Dame to pursue his doctoral studies. As a Ph.D. student, Ravi has developed computationally efficient yet numerically robust damage models to simulate fracture and fatigue in structural steels subjected to extreme loading conditions. In addition to this, he also developed numerical tools that would facilitate rapid implementation of constitutive models in to general finite element framework. Based on his research, Ravi published/ submitted 10 journal articles and attended more than 10 technical conferences. He is currently a student member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). He also serves as a reviewer for several journals and conference proceedings that publish research in the broad areas of fracture, fatigue, constitutive modeling of engineering materials and continuum damage mechanics.

Past Winners of the O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship Award

  • 2002 Beth Brueggen
  • 2003 Beth Brueggen
  • 2004 Kerri Anne Taeko Tokoro
  • 2005 Dragana Jankovic
  • 2006 Dragana Jankovic
  • 2007 Kapil Khandelwal
  • 2009 Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi
  • 2010 Fernando Moreu
  • 2011 Rachel Howser
  • 2012 Megan McCullough
  • 2013 Sarah Bobby, Erica Fischer, Eric Kjolsing, Teng Wu
  • 2014 Mahdi Arezoumandi, Donna Chen, Julie Fogarty, Adam Phillips, Ravi Kiran Yallavajjala