Structural Division Manager Awarded in ASCE's First Innovation Contest
Structural Division Manager D. Matthew Stuart, PE, S., F.SEI, F.ASCE, was honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its first Innovation Contest. The contest is a result of ASCE’s Grand Challenge: an industry-wide initiative to significantly reduce the life-cycle cost of America’s infrastructure by the year 2025. Stuart was recognized at the ASCE Innovation Contest Resilience Category symposium at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on July 13.
Stuart’s submission, “Improving the Resilience of Sheathed, Unbonded Mono-Strand Post-Tensioned Construction” was named “Most Efficient” in the Resilience category. His submission argued for the extensive research and the development of a new material for unbonded, mono-strand post tensioned construction as a solution to increasing the structural integrity of the tendons while still allowing for flexibility to tension the strands after the concrete has obtained the required strength.
“I’ve had the idea for this since the early stages of my career, 25 years ago, but I’ve never had the opportunity to revisit it until now,” said Stuart. “It was something I was truly interested in, but wasn’t sure what to do with it.”
A graduate of Auburn University, Stuart has been employed with Pennoni for six years. He is responsible for the design, coordination, administration, and management of structural engineering for a diverse spectrum of projects. His experience also includes the renovation and preservation of a variety of different types of buildings and structures. Stuart has published numerous articles for various industry publications, including Modern Steel Construction, Structural Engineer, and STRUCTURE Magazine.
ASCE’S Innovation Contest encouraged professionals, leaders, educators, and students to submit descriptions of their original projects and theories aimed at improving infrastructure. Winning contest entries are divided into four categories: Innovative Business Models and Technologies, Internet of Things, Green Engineering, and Resilience. A judging panel of civil engineering experts named 15 winners out of dozens of applicants, selecting three winning entries for each category.
The contest’s sponsors, Walt Disney Imagineering, Hatch Mott MacDonald, KCI Technologies Inc., and Pennoni, have organized separate events for winners of each category, where they will have the opportunity to network and discuss their ideas with industry leaders and be considered for research grants. The July 13 symposium also hosted about 100 NJIT pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students.
For more information on ASCE's Innovation Contest, click here.