Tech student recognized in E&WRI competition


COOKEVILLE – John Brackins, a junior civil engineering student from Franklin, recently won third place in a technical paper competition, undergraduate division, of the 2016 Environmental & Water Resources Institutes of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Brackins’ paper is titled “Using ADCIRC and HEC-FIA Modeling to Predict Storm Surge Impact on Coastal Infrastructure.”

“One third of the United States population is effected by coastal flooding, particularly due to storm surge, so it’s important to understand its driving forces and measures that can be taken to mitigate its damaging effects,” Brackins said. “I have always had an interest in disaster management and with the EWRI award this is a great encouragement to my research efforts.”

The competition measures a student’s technical, research and communication skills.

With this achievement Brackins, will receive a monetary award, expense reimbursement and complementary registration for the 2016 EWRI World Water and Environmental Congress. He will present his paper and research at the congress in West Palm Beach, Florida, May 22-26.

“My students have attended and presented at the conference in the past, but this is the first time we have had a winner from Tennessee Tech at the congress,” said Alfred Kalyanapu, a civil and environmental engineering assistant professor and mentor to Brackens.


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