The competiton consisted of two parts. The student authors were judged on their written paper and also their oral presentation during technical sessions at the conference. The combined score of the written paper and the oral presentation determined the winner and first two runnersup.
This year, seven student papers were presented. The winning student author was Azadeh Hoor from Queen’s University for her paper and presentation, “Application of thermal insulation in landfill liners.” The 1st runnerup was Ben Leshchinsky of Columbia University for his paper, “Enhancing ballast performance using geocell confinement.” The 2nd runner up was Carmen Franks from the University of Maryland for her paper, “Geosynthetic filters for water quality improvement.”
All three received cash awards for their respective papers and presentations.
The North American Geosynthetics Society congratulates Azadeh, Ben, and Carmen, as well as all of the students who participated in this year’s competition.