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.
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.