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Dynamics Committee Student Paper Competition 2020 Results

Friday, June 12, 2020

Sponsored by the: EMI Dynamics Committee
Competition Chair: Dr. Hamed Ebrahimian, University of Nevada, Reno

The Dynamics Committee (DC) of ASCE-EMI held its 7 th Annual Student Paper Competition in Dynamics on June 8th. The students presented outstanding quality work and although the competition was tight, there were three winners at the end the committee would like to acknowledge their superior work.


  1. To challenge students to demonstrate high-quality scholarly work and presentation skill sets.
  2. To provide an opportunity for students to receive recognition within the community, interact with faculties and committee members, and expand their academic network; thus, facilitating future career building for those who accept the challenge and demonstrate outstanding capabilities.
  3. To increase the involvement of younger professionals in the EMI conferences, particularly in the field of Dynamics.
  4. To engage student members within the Dynamics Committee, promote further growth as future engineers, develop working relationships with Dynamics Committee members, and prepare them to take on future responsibilities within the technical community.
  5. To promote high-quality submissions to the flagship journal of EMI, the Journal of Engineering Mechanics.

Congratulations to the 2020 Winners!

Jonathon Fagert Dynamics 2020 First
Jonathon Fagert

P. Zhang, M. Mirshekari, H.Y. Noh (Advisor)
Carnegie Mellon University / Stanford University
Paper title: "Identification of Multiple Concurrent Walkers Using Footstep-Induced Floor Vibration Sensing"

Shaopeng Li Dynamics 2020 Second
Shaopeng Li 

R. Snaiki, T. Wu (Advisor)
University at Buffalo 
Paper title: "Active Simulation of Transient Wind Fields in a Multiple-Fan Wind Tunnel via Deep Reinforcement Learning"

Mariyam Amir Dynamics 2020 Third
Mariyam Amir

K.G. Papakonstantinou, G.P. Warn (Advisors)
The Pennsylvania State University 
Paper title: "A Computationally Efficient Scaled Spherical Simplex Filter for Damage Plasticity Consistent State-Space Finite Element Model Identification"