CEE PhD Student Shearer Twice Awarded

Chris Shearer, doctoral student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been recognized this year for his research. Shearer is the recent recipient of two very prestigious awards including the Department of Energy Fellowship and the American Concrete Institute’s Presidents Fellowship.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Fellowship supports outstanding students that pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S. The fellowship is for $35,000/year for tuition support plus a $5,000/year stipend for living expenses. The support is provided for a three year period. CEE Associate Professor Kimberly Kurtis serves as Shearer’s research advisor and said “This is the first year that DOE held a fellowship competition, so I am very excited that Chris was among the first year's fellows.”

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Presidents Fellowship is a highly competitive national competition. Fellowships are offered to high-potential undergraduate and graduate students whose studies relate to concrete and are identified by ACI-Member Faculty. The finalists were announced at the awards program at the ACI Convention in Chicago in March. The award is for $7,000.

Dr. Kurtis said that "Chris is extremely talented academically with tremendous promise as a researcher. I anticipate he will make important contributions in his doctoral work through his development of new utilization pathways for an emerging class of by-products resulting from energy production".

CEE congratulates Chris Shearer for these two prestigious honors.

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