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MPC Student Presents Bridge Research to US Senate

Posted: May 31, 2019

Vanessa McEntee, a graduate student at the University of Utah, was selected to present findings from her research for the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. on May 14 at the University Transportation Center's Spotlight Conference. For the past two years, McEntee has been studying seismic retrofit methods for deficient reinforced concrete bridge wall piers for her master's thesis. She and her research associate, Bhaskar Kunwar have developed techniques for these upgrades using carbon fiber reinforced polymers. The research was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Chris Pantelides with support from the Mountain-Plains Consortium. The research aims to create a quick and cost-efficient alternative to seismically upgrade deficient bridge pier walls across the United States.

The spotlight conference highlighted University Transportation Center program-supported and other transportation research activities for Congress and other stakeholders.

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