Graduate Student Kelsey Chan

Graduate students in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering are advancing the frontier of engineering knowledge. On February 8 at the College of Engineering’s 2018 Graduate Research Showcase, students had the opportunity to present their groundbreaking research through poster presentations with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, faculty, their peers, and other academic institutions.

In the CCE poster competition, Kelsey Chan earned first place, Stephanie Lange second place, and Masoud Ghodrat Abadi third place. Presentations were judged on intellectual merit, potential impact, oral communication, and visual communication.

Chan’s poster, “Improving Safety on Construction Sites by Using Real-Time Tracking of Worker Field of View and Proximity Hazards,” described the high rate of accidents between workers and heavy equipment. In her research with advisor Joseph Louis, assistant professor of construction engineering, Chan proposes an alternative to audible hazard warnings on construction sites, which can be inaccurate and distract workers. Chan and Louis are implementing a safety device that will monitor the worker’s position and use virtual models to identify hazardous areas.

“This research will aid management teams, help generate appropriate safety warnings, reduce false alarms, and monitor worker interactions in the real-world and in a virtual environment to create a safer working environment,” said Chan.

Lange, who is advised by Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and dean of the College of Engineering, investigates tunnels crossing active faults.

“I am conducting a parametric study regarding structural, geotechnical, and geological parameters which are important aspects in tunnel engineering and how they affect the concrete lining of circular tunnels after an earthquake,” said Lange.

The results of Lange’s study will be used to build a graphical tool for practicing engineers to obtain first impressions on important parameters.

Ghodrat Abadi’s research addresses bicyclist safety and gender-related challenges for riding a bicycle in dense urban environments. Working with advisor David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering, Ghodrat Abadi uses the Oregon State bicycle simulator and eye-tracking equipment to analyze bicyclist behavior and their conflicts with vehicles in a virtual environment.

“We examine the application of different engineering treatments such as pavement marking and warning sign in conflict areas and how they are perceived by male and female bicyclists,” said Ghodrat Abadi.

Describing his experience at the showcase, Ghodrat Abadi added, “I’ve had numerous opportunities to showcase my research including GRADx, the Graduate Research Showcase, Inspiration Dissemination and several others – they have helped me present my work to a broader audience.”

“I had a great time at the Graduate Research Showcase," said Chan. "Some of the other students recommended different approaches for my safety device, which I may implement into my research. It is a great networking event, not only with employers, but also with other students.”

The annual Graduate Research Showcase is free and open to the public.