Kang, Wang receive top prizes at 2023 Geosynthetics Conference
Congratulations to Mingu Kang and Han Wang, who received first and second place, respectively, at the 2023 Geosynthetics Conference student research showcase on February 7.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral students, both mentored by Erol Tutumluer, showcased their geosynthetics research and findings for an audience of industry experts.
Kang received first place for his Federal Aviation Administration research on the mechanical stabilization of airport pavement. He analyzed geosynthetics sections built at FAA’s National Airport Pavement Test Facility and developed an approach to estimate the stiffness of full-scale pavement using embedded sensors.
Wang received second place for her Illinois Center for Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation research on the effectiveness of geosynthetics in soil and aggregate stabilization. Her research uses bender-element sensor technology, which sends a shear wave through a prepared test specimen and measures the speed of the shear wave, to evaluate pavement’s stiffness and strength with various geosynthetics.
Congratulations to Kang and Wang on their achievements! Their efforts showcase geosynthetics’ potential to enhance the performance, durability and sustainability of our transportation systems.