CIVS Students Shine at Day of Discovery and Senior Design Presentations

May 7, 2024
Four people stand together during days of discovery

On Thursday, April 18, over 20 CIVS research students participated in poster presentations to showcase their projects during the 2024 PNW Day of Discovery in Alumni Hall. Presentations included research topics such as Hydrogen Combustion in a Reheating Furnace, Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling, Hazard Detection, 360-degree Video Integration, Virtual Reality Applications, and Study of Hydrogen Fuel.

The First Annual Days of Discovery Student Choice Award winner for the College of Engineering and Sciences is Abhishek Kolakotla, “Study of Hydrogen Fuel Blends in a Walking Beam Reheating Furnace” (Faculty mentor: Chenn Zhou, Ph.D.).

CIVS Senior Design students Zach Kaminsky, Imanol Mercado, and Zach Holmes won a Senior Design award, presented by Prof. Nuri Zeytinoglu on behalf of the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering and Sciences, for their work in Simulating Thermal Stress in Slab Casting. Their team, titled Steel Slab Solutions and Simulations with the slogan “Innovation that’s Casting a Bright Future in Steel,” received faculty mentorship from CIVS Associate Director for Operations Armin Silaen.

Day of Discovery 2024 is a multidisciplinary research symposium organized by the Office of Research, the Undergraduate Research Office, and the Faculty Research Board to increase awareness of PNW research, innovation, and economic development impacts while fostering collaboration among students, faculty, and the research and innovation community. 

To further inspire students, CIVS student posters were displayed at the SMSVC annual conference keynote dinner reception. A selection of outstanding posters was made by SMSVC industry professionals and CIVS research staff. The following awards were presented:

  • 1st Place: Rohit Kumar Reddy Kovvuri: “Virtual Crane Training Simulation for Enhancing Safety and Operations”
  • 2nd Place: Sathvika Kottapalli: “CFD Prediction and Validation of Refining Stage of Industry-Size EAF”
  • 3rd Place tie: Abhishek Kolakotla: “Study of Hydrogen Fuel Blends in a Walking Beam Reheating Furnace” and Misbahuddin Husaini Syed: “Scale Formation in the Reheat Furnace”