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La Tech Doctoral civil engineering college student earns internationally renowned fellowship

Louisiana Tech College Civil Engineering doctoral student Debojit Sarker has attained 1 of only 20 fellowships awarded to students around the globe by the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) for the 2020-21 academic calendar year.

The GSI initiated its fellowship program for fantastic students performing on innovative, study similar to the geosynthetic field in 2008 and has continued to honor scientists who build novel ways to geosynthetics.

Sarker earned the GSI fellowship to finish his doctoral analysis on “Moisture Influence on Geosynthetic-Strengthened Pavement over Expansive Soils,” in which he is operating on an engineering software to research the geosynthetic reinforcement for pavement on expansive soils.

The project is an growth of a novel, easy methodology to discover expansive soil-induced stresses on highway pavement that Sarker made with his advisor, Jay Wang, software chair of civil engineering and professor of civil engineering and development engineering technology at Louisiana Tech.

Just after efficiently producing a new thought of the digital load system, an adaptable mechanical system that can reasonable the uplift tension from the expansive soils subgrade and safeguard the pavement floor, Sarker added geosynthetics on the pavement to mitigate longitudinal cracks brought about by seasonal variation of moisture material in the subgrade layer.