Bagley students claim top two writing awards at national conference

July 18, 2018

Students from Mississippi State’s Bagley College of Engineering took home first and second place in the undergraduate student paper competition at the recent World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.

Phong Ly captured first place in the undergraduate student paper competition with his paper “Green Alternatives: Analysis of Rain Garden Hydrology and Water Quality Performance.”

Phong Ly captured first place in the undergraduate student paper competition with his paper “Green Alternatives: Analysis of Rain Garden Hydrology and Water Quality Performance.”

James Steele earned second place with his paper “Analyzing Suspended Sediment Transport in Catalpa Creek.”

Ly is a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering at Mississippi State, while Steele graduated from the same department in spring 2018. In their papers, both students reported on results of their undergraduate research work, which was performed within Mississippi State’s Watersheds and Water Quality Research Lab during the fall of 2017.

“It was a big pleasure and immense honor to see Phong and James receive their awards. It’s a deserved recognition for their hard work” said John Ramirez-Avila, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and the research advisor for the two students.

James Steele earned second place with his paper “Analyzing Suspended Sediment Transport in Catalpa Creek.”

The two awards marked the third time in the last three years that a Mississippi State student has been recognized by the conference. Civil and environmental engineering alumna Emily Farrar earned first place for her paper at the 2016 conference.

The World Environmental and Water Resources Congress is hosted each year by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute, which is a part of the American Society of Civil Engineering. The 2018 conference was held in Minneapolis, Minn. and centered on the topic of “Protecting and Securing Water and the Environment for Future Generations.”

Mississippi State’s Watersheds and Water Quality Research Lab is a research team hosted within the Bagley College of Engineering’s civil and environmental engineering department. It encompasses the work of undergraduate, master and doctoral students from multiple departments and colleges at Mississippi State. More information can be found at http://www.cee.msstate.edu/wwqrl/

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By: Philip Allison