As a partner university, the University of Oklahoma will involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities. OU students involved in ABC-UTC research projects or supported by the ABC-UTC will be listed on this page.
Syed Ashik Ali (PhD, Student): Syed Ashik Ali is currently pursuing his PhD at the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science of the University of Oklahoma (OU). He received his Master’s in Civil Engineering from the same university in 2016, while he completed his BS in Civil Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. His academic accomplishments have been recognized with several awards and scholarships and he also has served as a lecturer at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh where he was involved in teaching undergraduate civil engineering courses. At OU, he has worked on several funded research projects including development of guidelines for Multiple Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR) Method for Oklahoma Binders, Evaluation of Fatigue Performance of Different Asphalt Mixes Used in Oklahoma, and Development of Database for Surface Free Energy Components of Oklahoma Binders and Aggregates. The focus of his Ph.D. research is the characterization of moisture-induced damage of asphalt mixes using chemical, thermodynamic and mechanistic approaches. He is currently working on the ABC-UTC project “Development of Guidelines for Selection of Substructure for ABC Projects.” As a part of this project, Ashik is conducting a comprehensive literature search focusing on the design and construction of substructure and foundation by ABC techniques. Based on the literature review, issues with the state-of-the art practices of ABC techniques for constructing bridge foundation and substructure will be identified and potential solutions proposed.
Jacob Choate (PhD, Student): Jacob is a PhD student in the school of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. He is a first-generation college graduate and earned both of his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. His master’s research involved the repair and testing of a retired, prestressed concrete bridge girder using FR-SCC. Currently, his research includes advanced characterization of non-proprietary UHPC developed at OU.
Yana Dyachkova (MS, Student): Yana is an accelerated master’s student in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering in May 2019 and plans to finish her master’s degree in Spring 2020. She has already begun work on her master’s research focused on material property characterization of non-proprietary UHPC with different fiber contents. When Yana is not studying engineering or testing concrete she can be found somewhere in the outdoors hiking or rock climbing.
Trevor Looney (PhD, Candidate): Trevor is a PhD candidate in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla Missouri. After working for Wallace Engineers in Tulsa, Oklahoma he enrolled at OU to pursue a Ph.D. in structural engineering with research focused on UHPC. When Trevor is not in the lab he can be found lifting weights or studying nutrition science.
Ashlynn Robbins (BA): is an undergraduate student in Human Relations at The University of Oklahoma. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity and served as vice president for event planning. She is also a member of the Student Society of Human Relations. In Fall 2017 and Spring 2019,she was included in the Dean’s List. Ashlynn’s work is jointly supported by Southern Plains Transportation Center and ABC-UTC.
Stephen Roswurm (PhD, Student): Stephen is a Ph.D. student in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at OU and is one of five brothers all of which earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from OU. His master’s research focused on behavior of shrinkage compensating concrete placed under mechanical restraint and he is currently looking at creep and shrinkage of UHPC.
Sumangali Sivakumaran (MS, Student): Sumangali is a MS student in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2016. Prior to joining OU in January 2018, she was a Geotechnical Instrumentation Engineer at Geomotion Pte Ltd for a ground improvement project at the Changi Airport in Singapore. She also served as an instructor for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Design classes at the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Her Master’s research focuses on developing a nonlinear macro element for dynamic soil-structure interaction analyses of pile foundations in improved soils. Currently, she is working on the ABC-UTC project “Rapid Retrofitting Techniques For Induced Earthquakes.” In this project, Sumangali’s research activities include developing a decision-making framework that will characterize the cumulative seismic damage on bridges due to induced earthquakes.
Cole Walker (BS, Student): Cole Walker is an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Oklahoma studying Civil and Architectural Engineering. He is working with the OU Honors College doing research on compressive strength and shrinkage of non-proprietary UHPC with different steel fiber contents. Cole is member of the Cherokee Nation and has goals to earn a Ph.D. and work to improve housing options for indigenous peoples in North America. When Cole is not in class or at the Lab he can be found at the gym or studying in the library.