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Civil engineers sweep top three at poster competition

Three Mizzou Engineering transportation students pose for a group photo after winning first, second and third place prizes in the Second Annual Student Research Poster Competition at the TEAM StL conference in St. Louis Sept. 24, 2013. Pictured, from left are Tom Blair an officer in TEAM and the Missouri Department of Transportation assistant district engineer for the St. Louis district; third place winner Eric Zhu, second place winner Andrew Nam, and first place winner Sawyer Breslow.

Three Mizzou Engineering transportation students pose for a group photo after winning first, second and third place prizes in the Second Annual Student Research Poster Competition at the TEAM StL conference in St. Louis Sept. 24, 2013. Pictured, from left are Tom Blair an officer in TEAM and the Missouri Department of Transportation assistant district engineer for the St. Louis district; third place winner Eric Zhu, second place winner Andrew Nam, and first place winner Sawyer Breslow.

University of Missouri Civil and Environmental Engineering Department students swept the top three awards at the second annual poster competition of the Transportation Engineering Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (TEAM StL).

Awarded last fall, graduate students Sawyer Breslow, Andrew Nam and Eric Zhu took first, second and third place, respectively, for their posters on their graduate research.

The TEAM StL Student Poster Competition aims to benefit both students and professionals through the promotion of high-quality research. TEAM StL’s mission is to further transportation topics and knowledge and foster communication among members from the St. Louis area.

Breslow’s paper, “Evaluation of Effectiveness of Alternative Geometric Designs: Case study of J-turns,” examined data collected from the recent implementation of a turn lane design on U.S. 63. Nam presented on his work, “Calibration of Highway Safety Manual for Missouri,” and Zhu looked at the effectiveness of signage posted in work zones with, “Alternative Merge Sign Configurations for Work Zones.”

The trio won $250, $150 and $100 for their presentations.

Mizzou engineers are gearing up for additional conferences and paper and poster presentations scheduled for later this semester.

Associate Professor Praveen Edara recently returned from Washington, D.C., where six presentations — a combination of paper and podium sessions — from five student authors and Mizzou Engineering faculty researchers occured at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board Conference of the National Academies in January.

Andrew Robertson, Jalil Kianfar, Yi Hou, Lei Fang and Chen Chen gave presentations on topics including work zones, traffic flow and efficiency. Edara, CEE Associate Professor Carlos Sun and research engineer Henry Brown gave a sixth presentation titled “Nuts and Bolts of Statewide HSM Calibration.” Edara said there were no prizes awarded at this conference, but the prestige was recognition enough.

“The TRB annual conference is a great opportunity for graduate students to present their research work to 12,000 transportation practitioners from around the world,” Edara said. “Interacting with experts in the field is a fantastic experience for students aspiring to become faculty in the future.”