Talented New Engineering Graduates Win First Place in National Competition

(July 28, 2009 - Thunder Bay, ON)  Lakehead engineering graduates Domenic Arcuri, Graham Sled, and Craig West have earned first place in the 2009 CGS Undergraduate Report Competition. Their winning degree project, entitled "Utilization of coal/biomass fly ash and bentonite as a remediation barrier for acid mine drainage," was completed under the supervision of Dr. Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan.

Organized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS), the Undergraduate Report Competition is a national competition that recognizes and awards excellence in the preparation of an undergraduate geotechnical thesis. Designed to increase student awareness of the Society, this competition also aims to foster undergraduate studentsí skills in teamwork, solving open-ended geotechnical design problems, and preparing formal technical reports.

"We would like to share this award with all past, present, and future Lakehead University graduates and faculty, says Arcuri, Sled, and West collectively. Lakehead University encourages teamwork, and dedicates teaching its students discipline and knowledge. It is tangible proof of what this competition entails."

This September, a presentation ceremony in honour of all award recipients will be held at the 62nd Canadian Geotechnical Society conference in Halifax.

For their efforts Arcuri, Sled, and West will receive an award certificate, a one year free membership in the Society, a $750 honorarium (shared amongst the authors equally), and free, full-delegate registration at the annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference.

In addition to earning this prestigious award, Arcuri, Sled and West each graduated in June 2009 from Lakehead with a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.

 This award is a testament of the high calibre of our graduates as well and their work ethic and dedication,  says Dr. Mohamedelhassan.

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Media Interviews: Dr. Mohamedelhassan and all of the award winners are available for interviews by contacting Jasmine Durham at 807-343-8177.

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit http://www.lakeheadu.ca/

Last updated July 28, 2009

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