Western Engineering PhD Candidate wins ASCE Award

Image of Amal Elawady with her experimental model

Western Engineering News | October 25, 2016

Western Engineering is thrilled to announce that Amal Elawady, PhD candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is one of the recipients of the 2016 O.H. Ammann Fellowship.  

The Ammann Fellowship is bestowed annually by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the purpose of encouraging the creation of new knowledge in the field of structural design and construction.

“It has been an honour to be a part of Dr. El Damatty’s research group,” said Elawady.  “Utilizing the research findings to provide solutions that impact the standards and design codes, so that the entire engineering community worldwide can benefit from our research findings, is the most important achievement that one can do in academia.”

Elawady was also the recipient of the 2015 Alan Davenport Award for Excellence in Wind Engineering and Best Student Paper Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers in 2016.  

“Such recognitions highlight the important role researchers in civil engineering play in solving our serious problems including the threats facing the resiliency and sustainability of our energy structures,” she said. “Personally, receiving an award issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reenergizes my passion to continue to be part of a group of professionals who work towards solving industry and national challenges.”

Through her PhD work. Elawady was able to find solutions to mitigate transmission line failures during thunderstorms that caused fatalities and financial hardship for many people due to the resulting power outages. She conducted a unique experiment where she executed the world's first aero-elastic three-dimensional wind testing at the WindEEE dome to evaluate thunderstorm induced responses on a multi-span guyed transmission line. Elawady proposed a set of design guidelines to assist practitioners in designing transmission lines to resist thunderstorms.

The ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in over 177 countries.  Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.  For more information on the ASCE click here.