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SEI Graduate Student Chapter at West Virginia University Spring 2015 Update

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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SEIGSC WVU Display Table for Spring 2015 EngineeringFest
The Structural Engineering Institute Graduate Student Chapter at West Virginia University (SEIGSC at WVU) elected a new executive committee for calendar year 2015. Due to the increased number of activities that were performed during the last year, two new positions - Web Administrator and Publicity and Public Relations Officer - were added to the executive committee in order to meet the demands of the proposed activities for the 2015 calendar year. The officers of the 2015 executive committee are: Praveen Kumar Reddy Majjigapu (Chair/President), Piyush Ram Soti (Vice President), Amir Houshmandyar (Web Administrator), Mariam Albaghli (Publicity and Public Relations Officer), Krishna Tulasi Gadde (Treasurer), Jonas Kavi (Secretary), and Dr. Udaya B. Halabe (Faculty Advisor).

The SEIGSC chapter at West Virginia University (WVU) participated in the spring 2015 EngineerFEST conducted at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU on February 4, 2015. The EngineerFEST was scheduled from 4 to 6 PM and was visited by more than three hundred freshman engineering students at WVU. All executive members of the 2015 SEIGSC-WVU committee including the faculty advisor along with additional faculty members of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering were present on the venue, where SEIGSC, WVU had a display table with a theme - "Advanced Materials for Civil Engineering Infrastructure."

The SEIGSC table displayed different Glass and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite products in the form of FRP shapes, fabrics, and bars that can be used for rehabilitation as well as for new construction. This group presented the latest developments in the field of advanced materials for structures and nondestructive testing/rehabilitation of field structures. The award winning rehabilitation of East Lynn Lake Bridge Piles using FRP shells and wraps, which involved some of the members of the SEIGSC committee, was also demonstrated through pictures to the freshman engineering students. The focus of SEIGSC, WVU was to inform the freshman engineering students about the recent developments in the field of integration of advanced materials into infrastructure and also to promote graduate education by highlighting some of the limitations of the conventional materials and the on-going M.S. and Ph.D. level research work using advanced composites for structural applications.