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February 19, 2020

K-State engineering students bring home top awards in poster competitions

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Students from civil and architectural engineering at Kansas State University were awarded the top prizes in both undergraduate and graduate poster competitions at the 43th Scholer-Peterson Concrete Conference Feb. 14 at Kansas State University.

Winners of the undergraduate category were Madeline Akers, junior, and Zane Beattie, senior, both civil engineering, for their poster, "Constructing a Functional Canoe with Concrete," supervised by Christopher Jones, associate professor of civil engineering. Second place went to Kaitlan Muzingo, junior, architectural engineering, for her work, "Ead's Bridge: Pneumatic Caissons," under the supervision of Kimberly Kramer, professor in the GE Johnson Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science.

In the graduate category, Subodh Mhamankar, civil engineering, took first place with his poster, "A New S-Notch Geometry for Testing Shear Properties of Cementitious Materials." Runner up was Ragini Nikumbh, civil engineering, for her work, "Determining the Optimum Air Content in Fresh Concrete by Using Super Air Meter." Both graduate students were supervised by Jones as well.

Undergraduate and graduate research/creative inquirer poster sessions were sponsored by Concrete Promotion Group and Lithko Contracting.

Photo cutlines, top to bottom:

From left, Zane Beattie, senior, and Madeline Akers, junior, both civil engineering, with first-place winning poster.

Kaitlan Muzingo, junior in architectural engineering, with second-place poster.

Subodh Mhamankar, graduate student in civil engineering, with first-place poster.

Ragini Nikumbh, graduate student in civil engineering, with second-place poster.