UA engineering student wins AGU presentation award


Atieh Alipour was awarded the Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.

A University of Alabama doctoral student has received a prestigious presentation award at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Atieh Alipour, a civil, construction and environmental engineering doctoral student, was awarded the Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the AGU Fall Meeting held Dec. 10-14, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

An estimated 28,000 students, faculty and scientists from all over the world attended this meeting. This award was given to the top 3 percent of student presenters. All presentations are judged based on nine criteria covering both visual aspects and the presentation itself. Each student has three judges, and they are unaware of who their judges are during the presentation period.

“This award is a great honor for me,” Alipour said. “There are few occasions where you can compete with other students around the world in your field. So, I am pleased that the judges selected me and the work we carry out has gained national recognition.”

Alipour received this award for her presentation based on her research with flash flood hazards across the southeast United States. She currently works on research for this topic with the Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research at UA.

Alipour acknowledges her adviser Dr. Hamid Moradkhani, director of CCHR and Alton N. Scott Endowed Professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering, for unprecedented intellectual and personal support of his research group and CCHR members, and Dr. Ali Ahmadalipour, a CCHR postdoctoral research associate, for his great contribution in this research.

“I was pleased to hear this good news and happy for her, knowing how competitive this prestigious award is,” Moradkhani said. “Atieh is a passionate, smart and hardworking student whose willingness to grow and share is exemplary.”

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.