Civil engineering student honored for research in emerging concrete technology

Published: Feb 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM
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Anton Schindler (left) and Yalin Liu
Schindler (left) and Liu

Yalin Liu, doctoral student in civil engineering, received a Best Student Paper Award at the Transportation Research Board’s 2018 annual meeting.

Her paper, “Finite-element modeling and analysis of early-age cracking risk of cast-in-place concrete culverts,” was recognized as one of the best student papers in emerging concrete technology. Liu’s research examines ways to mitigate early-age cracking in culverts by evaluating risk while also identifying measures that could reduce cracking.

Civil engineering faculty Anton Schindler and James Davidson co-authored the paper.

“Yalin has done extraordinary work to develop innovative solutions to the complex problem of cracking in concrete culverts,” said Schindler, Liu’s doctoral advisor. “Her work will improve the sustainability and performance of our transportation infrastructure. The Journal of the Transportation Research Board is one of the main mechanisms to disseminate research findings, and for Yalin to receive the 2018 Best Student Paper Award for her paper in this journal is a great honor and speaks volumes about the high quality of her work.” 

Liu came to Auburn University in 2014 after completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ocean University of China.