SEI West Virginia University GSC Conducts High School Visitation Event
As a part of spring semester's activities, the Structural Engineering Institute Graduate Student Chapter at West Virginia University (SEI-GSC, WVU) was actively involved in organizing high school visitation on March 14, 2015 through the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. This particular event attracted about 150 high school students along with their families.
High school visitation was organized to provide general insight about civil engineering to high-school students including the need for higher education and various opportunities provided by WVU. This hour long presentation had participation from students and faculties of diverse research groups within the civil engineering department. As a part of this presentation session, the SEI-GSC faculty member, Dr. P.V. Vijay provided a brief introduction about advanced composite materials in infrastructure applications. After Dr. Vijay's presentation, Mr. Praveen Kumar Reddy Majjigapu, Chair/President of the chapter presented his research experience regarding the use of composites in repair and rehabilitation of existing deteriorated concrete bridges. His presentation also included a brief introduction to fiber reinforced composite materials followed by a case study on rehabilitation of East Lynne Lake Bridge with FRP composites. SEI-GSC, WVU also exhibited several FRP shapes, bridge deck specimens, rebars, along with posters of bridge rehabilitation research conducted by the Constructed Facilities Center at WVU. This information session provided by SEIGSC-WVU helped in triggering an interest among high school students towards civil/structural engineering.