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Iraq Chapter – ACI 2019 Student Project
The Iraq Chapter – ACI announced the winners of the
student project competition for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Students from a number of Iraqi universities participated in
the competition, which is organized each year. The projects
were reported in the form of a paper and contained a problem
statement or statement of research significance, a conclusion,
and a list of references.
The first-place project was “Modified Testing Techniques
to Reduce the Variability of the Repeated Drop-Weight Impact
Test Results” by Ala’a Fadhil Kazem, Russul Mohammed
Kareem, and Haneen Abdul Abbas Obaid of Wasit University
at Kut City, supervised by Sallal Rashid Abid, Professor.
The second-place project was “Behavior of Modified
Reactive Powder-Ferrocement Slabs Under Static Load” by
Amna Hussein, Fatima Waleed, and Ruqiya Imad of
University of Tikrit, supervised by Mazin Burhan Adeen
Abdulrahman, Assistant Professor.
Two projects were awarded third place: “Behavior of
Different Shear Connectors in Different Types of Concrete” by
Mohammed Hashim Ahmed and Elaf Khalid Daham of
University of Anbar, supervised by Khalil Ibrahim, Professor,
and Shaho Mahmoud Hama; and “Mechanical Properties of
Sustainable Concrete with Waste Plastic” by Mohammed
Moayad Hassan, Mohammed L. Abdal-majeed, and Hassanian
Kareem Hassan of University of Technology, supervised by
Wasan Ismail Khalil and Ali Attiea Jaber, Professors.
Ala’a Fadhil Kazem and Russul Mohammed Kareem were
members of the first-place team in the Iraq Chapter – ACI
student project competition
Maryland Chapter – ACI Wilson Cup Student
The Maryland Chapter – ACI announced the winners of the
Wilson Cup competition on April 25, 2019. The competition
was held at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
(NRMCA) lab with 25 students representing five teams from
A team member from Morgan State University (pictured center) holds
the winners’ trophy while surrounded by members of the Maryland
Chapter – ACI, fellow team members, and competitors from Howard
University and University of Maryland
Roland Park Country School students Abby Nichols, Mary Griffin, and
Hannah Rhea received $500 each
Morgan State University, Howard University, University of
Maryland, and Roland Park Country School.
The Wilson Cup competition started with a training session
on trial batch theory and test methods such as slump, air
content, and yield. This was followed by “trial batch day” at
the NRMCA lab, where all the groups signed up with their
own mixture designs and had to meet a point on a three-point
curve. The winning university team was Morgan State
University. The “Morgan Nation” team members, Muritala
Adegoke, Prince Agubuzo, Emmanuel Yisreal, Michael
Amanor, and Josh Pierrelus, received $2500 each. High
school students from Roland Park Country School competed
within their school and were judged by their teachers. The
winning team members, Abby Nichols, Mary Griffin, Hannah
Rhea, and Joy Wu, received $500 each.