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Engineering PhD Candidate Receives Award During UM Graduate School Research Symposium

Congratulations to Houman A. Hadad, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, who was awarded the best oral presentation in Engineering during the First Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium organized by the University of Miami (UM) Graduate School. The Provost, deans, faculty, staff, and graduate students of different departments participated in the research symposium to highlight the importance of interdisciplinary research intersections.

Houman, who will graduate in the summer of 2018, studies the rehabilitation and strengthening of transportation infrastructure, using composite materials. In his presentation, “Textile-Reinforced Composites: An Antidote to the Aging Infrastructure,” he discussed the current state of transportation infrastructure in the United States, as well as the socio-economical effects of conserving it.

“Receiving this award is a great honor,” Houman said. “I would like to thank the University of Miami for providing me with the necessary tools and education to pursue my goals. I wish to thank my adviser, Professor Antonio Nanni for the patient guidance, encouragement, and advice throughout my time as a student. I have been extremely lucky to have a wonderful mentor with deep insight who cared about my work. To me, he is an excellent example to follow.”

Each spring semester the Graduate School hosts an Annual Awards Celebration to showcase the important contributions and achievements made by graduate students and faculty in support of graduate education as well as the teaching, research, and service missions of UM.

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