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Grad Student Allison Halpern Receives the SOM Foundation's 2014 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship

The deparment wishes to congratulate grad student Allison Halpern on being selected by the SOM Foundation (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) as the recipient of the 2014 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship.  Submissions were received from students in all regions of the U.S. having an accredited degree program in Civil or Architectural Engineering.

Allison's winning Essay is entitled "Learning from Footbridges: Improving Urban Structural Connections".   In carrying out her proposed research, Allison has selected a distribution of footbridges within North America and Europe which "capture variations both in structure and the type of crossing spanned." Noting that, " …little to no discussion exists outside the field of urban planning regarding aspects of good design and integration of skybridges and elevated walkways with the surrounding urban fabric, " Allison will investigate these structures from a structural engineering perspective.

The quality of her Essay and Travel Itinerary was most impressive to the jury and demonstrated the skill and maturity necessary to carry out her research, consistent with the mission goals of the foundation, "to provide opportunities to do in-depth research, meet with other professionals in the field, and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns."

Congratulations to Allison on this well-deserved honor!