uOttawa PhD Candidate Wins the 2014 ACI Student Paper Award, a first in Canada

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015

Ahmad Shahroodi

This year, Ahmad (Amir) Shahroodi has been selected as the winner of the James Instruments Student Paper Award by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). This Award recognizes student excellence in Research on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of concrete structures.

For his original and innovative paper entitled “Wenner Probe Surface Resistivity Technique as a Non-destructive Indicator for Durability Assessment of concrete”, Shahroodi will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and an engraved certificate provided by ACI Headquarters. The prize winner is also invited to fly to USA in Kansas City, Missouri, to talk about his surface resistivity technique to ACI Committee 228.

The James Instruments Student Paper Award is an annual student competition, which aims to stimulate student interest and to recognize meritorious and innovative research in concrete and concrete materials using NDT methods. The award is sponsored by the James Instruments Inc., a Chicago-based manufacturer and distributor of NDT systems, and it will be given by ACI Committee 228, Non-destructive Testing.

As pointed out by Department Chair, Professor Sai Vanapalli, Shahroodi’s victory is a reflection of his remarkable personality.

"Mr. Amir, as we all know is a very hard working individual and is one of our well respected Teaching Assistant’s. Please join me in congratulating Amir for receiving this prestigious award."

The winner is a Concrete Materials and Durability specialist in the field of Civil Engineering. Shahroodi is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering, working under the supervision of Drs. Martin-Perez and Alizadeh. His PhD project focuses on a novel technique for studying cement hydration development and setting time from the electro-chemical point of view. He has won several scholarships including the uOttawa full scholarship admission funded by NSERC.

This competition is all over the world, and I am so pleased to bring this award not only to Canada this year, but also to uOttawa. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my MASc supervisor professor R. D. Hooton at the University of Toronto”, reveals the champion.

In the name of the whole Faculty of Engineering, Dean Claude Laguë applauds this success: “Dear Mr. Shahroodi, please accept my sincere congratulations on this prestigious and well-deserved award”.

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