CE grad student awarded championship prize in smart structures technology
Pedram Hesam, PhD student in Structures at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, had won a competitive scholarship to attend the 2015 Asia-Pacific Summer School (APSS) on Smart Structures Technology, hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign during July 26-August 14.
This year’s APSS cohort were 47 graduate students from China, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, United Kingdom, and the United States. Seventeen experts, including Professor Shirley Dyke of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, lectured the APSS students.
Pedram and his five teammates from China, Japan, South Korea and Spain competed against seven other teams on two structural dynamics projects: structural health monitoring of a 75-m long bridge span and structural control of a double pendulum mechanical system.
Pedram’s team won both competitions and was awarded the Championship prize based on their creativity, being the only team that completed a series of tasks within allotted time, and the quality of their technical project presentations.
Pedram also participated and gave an oral presentation on his doctoral research, along with five other Purdue graduate students, at the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering (6AESE) and 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology (11ANCRiSST) joint event held on August 1-2 during the APSS.