Michael Pollino, a civil engineering graduate student at the University at Buffalo, is the winner of the MCEER Best Student Article Competition for 2003. Pollino’s paper, titled “Seismic Retrofit of Bridge Steel Truss Pier Anchorage Connections,” was selected as the winner by a panel of judges, comprising distinguished members of MCEER’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB). As the winner of the inaugural competition, Pollino made a presentation on his research at the 2004 MCEER Annual Meeting.Honorable mentions were also awarded to Yong Gao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hiram Badillo-Almarez, University at Buffalo and Zehra Cagnan, Cornell University.
A total of 16 papers were submitted by members of the Student Leadership Council, which includes students studying under researchers throughout the MCEER consortium. All of these papers are included in the 2003 Student Research Accomplishments volume, available at http://mceer.buffalo.edu/publications/sp_pubs/03-SP06/default.asp.