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Student of the Year Award
2013-2014 Recipient

Brittney Ahrenstorff

Ahrenstorff, of Lake Park, IA, earned her B.S. degree in civil engineering from SDSU in May 2012 and is expected to earn her M.S. degree from SDSU in spring 2014. Ahrenstorff's research focuses on measuring and evaluating ice loads on bridge piers in South Dakota. The main objective of the study is to calibrate the ice load equations given in AASHTO's LRFD Bridge Design Specifications to develop realistic estimates of the loads imposed by the ice formations found in South Dakota rivers. Based on her preliminary work, she was invited to present her research in Seoul, South Korea, at the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering conference in September 2012.

Ahrenstorff graduated with a GPA of 3.83/4.00 in her B.S. degree and to date has maintained a 4.00 in her M.S. program. She received numerous honors including memberships in Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and Phi Sigma Pi national honor society. She is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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