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WOCA issues WOCA Awards and makes 2017 papers available

News | July 25, 2017 | By:

The World of Coal Ash (WOCA) conference announced the 2017 WOCA Awards and the availability of the white papers from the 2017 conference, which was held May 8–11 in Lexington, Ky. WOCA is organized by the American Coal Ash Association and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.

WOCA awarded the Barton A. Thomas Memorial Award to Christopher W. Swan of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., for his oral presentation entitled “Compressive, Flexural, and Tensile Strengths of Various Mortar Mixes Containing Synthetic Lightweight Aggregates.”

The conference sponsors awarded the WOCA Poster Award to Ji Young Lee of the University of Seoul, South Korea, for her poster “Effect of Coal Ash Particle Sizes on the Compressive Strength and Thermal Conductivity of Geopolymer Synthesized with Alkali Activated Low-Calcium Ground Coal Bottom Ash.”

The WOCA Student Oral Presentation Award went to Xenia Wirth of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta for “The Effects of Wood Source and Combustion Conditions on Properties of Biomass Fly Ash,” which she presented at the conference.

The WOCA Student Poster Award went to Wenlong Zhang, also of the Georgia Institute of Technology, for the poster “Combined Iron Reduction and Solidification/Stabilization Process to Immobilize Heavy Metals in Concentrated Flue Gas Desulfurization Brines.”

The MCAA Stipend Award Winners, who each received a $500 stipend and free conference admission, went to James Locum of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Sarah Hodges of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and Madison Hood of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.

WOCA also announced the availability of white papers from the 2017 conference online, at

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