Twin doctoral and grasp’s Engineering scholar Omar Shahrear Apu got here to Louisiana Tech College for one cause: to review options to coastal erosion with Dr. Jay Wang, Program Chair of Civil Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering and Building Engineering Know-how.
As a younger engineer in Bangledesh, Apu felt a way of urgency to develop instruments and strategies to revive coastal areas. When he found that Wang, an skilled in geotechnical engineering, was researching the sphere, he knew Louisiana Tech was the place for him.
“I grew up within the coastal a part of Bangladesh with erosion issues just like Louisiana,” he stated. “As an undergraduate scholar, I turned conscious of those issues and decided to contribute to pure catastrophe mitigation. As a civil engineering skilled, I wished to get expertise in geotechnical engineering. The Louisiana Tech program allowed me to develop options that may be utilized in lots of locations.”
As a analysis assistant in Wang’s Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, Apu has spent the final three years engaged on initiatives to assist the Louisiana Coastal Safety and Restoration Authority (CPRA) shore up the state’s shoreline. He’s revealed 4 papers, attended two American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Congress conferences, and accomplished 240 internship hours on the CPRA headquarters, the place he helped develop a typical take a look at methodology for dredged soil settlement evaluation utilizing 3D-printer know-how.
This November, Apu, who additionally served as a treasurer for the School of Engineering and Science Graduate Pupil Council, will full his grasp’s diploma. His thesis, “Growth of A Standardized Geotechnical Laboratory Testing Process for the Low-Stress Consolidation Check for the Marsh Fill,” outlines his position within the CPRA’s challenge to create synthetic marsh islands to revive land mass alongside the Louisiana coast.
Researchers routinely monitor soil settlement to foretell the steadiness of synthetic islands on the shoreline. But, nobody has established an Engineering Commonplace and Testing process to measure dredged soils’ settlement/consolidation properties. That’s the place Apu’s work is available in. He has developed a typical, repeatable testing process to measure the steadiness of soils.
Apu says he’s grateful for Wang’s steering as he’ll proceed to work on perfecting his analysis as he continues his doctoral research over the subsequent yr.
“Dr. Wang is a pioneer in geotechnical analysis, and Louisiana Tech is a number one analysis college with quite a few amenities to provide world-class professionals. I’m grateful to work by way of my research and analysis on the College. I sit up for persevering with analysis with him over the subsequent yr as I modify the prevailing principle to accurately estimate the consolidation properties and use extra superior know-how to carry out the consolidation checks extra successfully and effectively.”