The exceptional scholarship of CEE doctoral student Fawad S. Niazi was recognized recently with top honors from two national organizations: the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The DFI Educational Trust selected Niazi's paper, “A Review of the Design Formulations for Static Axial Response of Deep Foundations from CPT Data” as the first runner-up in its 2013 Student Paper Competition. The paper will be published in an upcoming edition of the prestigious DFI Journal and will be included in conference materials distributed at the 38th Annual DFI Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Sept. 25-27.
Meanwhile, the ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) recognized Niazi as a top author in its Ports '13 Student Paper competition for another article, "An Update on Pile-CPTu Direct Correlations." Niazi will be a featured presenter at the ASCE/COPRI conference, to be held Aug. 25-27 in Seattle Washington.
At Georgia Tech, Niazi studies within CEE's in-situ testing research group where his work focuses on the evaluation of axial deep foundation response using seismic piezocone tests. A native of Pakistan, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the National University of Sciences and Technology. In 2008, he transferred from the University of Illinois to Georgia Tech to pursue his doctoral degree in civil engineering under the mentorship of CEE's Dr. Paul Mayne.
Niazi's work has been published in numerous venues, including the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Journal, and the ISSMGE International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories.