Students excel at research contest
sponsored by Aggie PGR-CIB chapter


Graduate students at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture turned in 23 abstracts, nine papers and made nine presentations in a research competition sponsored by the Aggie Postgraduate Built Environment Research Chapter of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building Construction.

It was the newly endorsed chapter’s first such event, which took place March 4 in building C at the Langford Architecture Center.

“The student chapter and advisors set up the systems required to run a research competition similar to the Built and Human Environment International Postgraduate Research Conference at the University of Salford, U.K.,” said Jose L. Fernandez-Solis, assistant professor of construction science and PGR-CIB student chapter adviser.

In the architecture division, the following students won awards:

  • Saiful Islam, best research paper;
  • Subasinghe Chamila, best paper, initial stage of postgraduate studies; and
  • Rana Sagha Zadeh, best presentation.

In the construction science division, the following students captured honors:

  • Vishal Porwal, best research paper;
  • Yaquta Faqhi, best paper, initial stage of postgraduate studies; and
  • Apurva Gupta, best presentation.

“The students liked the opportunity to work against a deadline, the process of blind peer review of abstracts and papers, and the comments received from the audience during the question and answer session,” said Fernandez-Solis.

The CRS Center provided catering for the event, and all participants received a 2 GB flash drive provided by the Aggie Student Government Association.

In the U.K. competition the contest was modeled after, Vaibhav Malhotra, a student in the Master of Science in Construction Management program at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, was awarded The University of Salford Pro-Vice Chancellor Prize for Best Paper in Research & Innovation at the Built and Human Environment International Postgraduate Research Conference in January 2009.

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