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Student Paper Competition

DFI and the DFI Educational Trust annually hold a Student Paper Competition, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students of engineering and construction. The criteria for entering this competition are as follows:

  • Student must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Focus of study must be engineering/construction/geological sciences.
  • Paper must be based on student’s own work, and in her/his own writing.
  • Paper must be primarily concerned with the design and construction of deep foundations/excavations.

All students with abstracts submitted will be included in the paper competition, unless the subject matter is deemed inappropriate. Papers will be judged based on their submitted drafts. Comments will be offered to the winning paper author for preparation of the final version.

The individual contest winner will be invited to attend the DFI Annual Conference on Deep Foundations to present her/his paper. Conference registration, two nights of lodging and a $1,000 stipend for travel expenses will be provided to the winner. Both the winner and runners-up will are invited to submit their papers for publication in the DFI Journal and will have access to a library of up to 20 DFI publications and a gratis two-year Individual Membership in DFI.

COMPETITION AWARD RECIPIENT

2021
Osama Drbe, Ph.D.Western University London, Ontario, Canada
2020
Rabie Farrag, Ph.D.University of California, Irvine
2019
Abigail H. Bateman And Jamie J. CrispinUniversity of Bristol, Bristol, U.K.
2018
Alexandre P.R.P. AlmeidaRyerson University
2017
Sarah Mobley, P.E., and Kelly Costello, E.I.University of South Florida
2016
Youssef BougatayaOregon State University
2015
Kevin JohnsonUniversity of South Florida
2014
Benjamin TurnerUniversity of California, Los Angeles
2013
Hessam YazdaniUniversity of Oklahoma
2012
Haijian FanUniversity of Akron
2011
Fawad NiaziGeorgia Institute of Technology
2010
Jeremy KressNorth Carolina State University
2009
Paul DohertyUniversity College Dublin
2008
Thomas L. Vande Voort Iowa State University
2007
Ehab S. Shatnawi University of Akron
2006
James A. Schneider University of Western Australia
2005
Emre Biringen University of Wisconsin-Madison
2004
Martina Balic Rutgers University
2003
Gary WeinsteinPolytechnic University