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    Current Graduate Students

     

    Matthew Bandelt

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Effective Width and Section Properties of the Girder-SlabŪ System: Phase II

    Advisor: Dr. Shawn Gross

    Project Description: The Girder-SlabŪ System is a composite steel and concrete framing system which utilizes precast hollow core concrete slabs and an open-web dissymmetric steel beam.  This study focuses on component testing of the Girder-SlabŪ system to verify previous full scale test results performed at Villanova.  Additional tests are being performed by varying different design parameters such as steel and grout strength to determine how these parameters affect the system.

    Awards:

    • AISC Education Fellowship

    • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

       

     


       

       

     

    Adam Beckmann

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Tensile Capacity of Grouped Anchorage with Overlapping Failure Areas
     

    Advisor: Dr. David Dinehart

    Project Description: Investigate accuracy of ACI code equations pertaining to the tensile capacity of grouped anchorage with overlapping failure surfaces. This study compares predicted values of the CCD method and the cone method to experimental results.

    Awards:

    • 2009-2010 Villanova Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow,

     

     

    Stephen Ernst

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Structural Properties of Alkali-Activated Concrete

    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Yost
    Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska

    Project Description: Stephen is currently researching the structural properties and behavior of alkali activated fly ash concrete (AAFAC). This includes testing under-reinforced, over-reinforced, and shear critical AAFAC beams with comparison to traditional portland cement concrete beams under the same conditions.  The project is funded through an NSF grant looking into using AAFAC in FEMA temporary emergency shelters. Last summer Stephen had the opportunity to Intern with Campbell Soup Company in the Camden, NJ; where he performed a flood analysis and prepared a Flood Emergency Response Plan (FERP) for the World Headquarters site in Camden, NJ. In addition, he prepared an electronic, hyper-linked excel database for over 50 years of engineering documents which he cataloged and organized in their new plan room. Lastly, he participated in weekly construction meetings for the new state of the art Employee Services Building, and was able to observe the complex construction process and communicate with the on-site construction manager.

     

     

    Jason Riegler

    Education: Temple University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2009, Villanova University - M.S. in Civil Engineering 2010

    Project: Decorative Concrete Overlay

    Advisor: Dr. Leslie McCarthy
    Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska

    Project Description: The intent of my project is to determine the durability of decorative concrete overlay on transportation infrastructure in terms of strength and exposure to extreme weathering.

     

     

    Zachary Ells

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Bearing Capacity of Filament Wound Fiber Reinforced Polymer Poles

    Advisor: Dr. Shawn Gross

    Project Description: Filament wound fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) utility poles are designed to resist stronger loads and environmental effects while weighing less and having a longer design life in comparison to older wooden models. This study investigates the bearing capacity of different thicknesses of a composite utility pole provided by Utility Composite Solutions Inc.

     

     

    Shane B. Moran

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Material Properties of Adobe Blocks Made with Recycled Materials

    Advisor: Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska

    Project Description: Papercrete is a new construction material that is comprised of cement, water and recycled paper.  This material has successfully been used to build homes throughout the Southwestern United States, but little scientific research has been conducted on the topic.  The purpose of this study will be to obtain the strength and thermal resistance properties of papercrete.

    Awards:

    • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

    • Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society

    • 2009 NATGUN Corporation Scholarship

     

     

     

     

     

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