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Dr. Kam Ng Awarded 2013 Young Professor Paper Competition First Runner-Up from the Deep Foundation Institute (DFI) Educational Trust

November 19, 2013 — Dr. Kam Ng, assistant professor of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, was awarded the 2013 Young Professor Paper Competition, First Runner-Up, from the DFI Educational Trust, for his paper entitled “Towards a Performance-Based Design of Drilled Shafts.” Kam Ng is the sole author of this paper. The paper proposes a procedure to determine the ultimate resistance of a drilled shaft based on a desired vertical settlement while satisfying the current Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) requirements. Kam Ng would like to acknowledge the research support from the Iowa Department of Transportation and thank his formal colleagues at Iowa State University: Sri Sritharan, Jeramy Ashlock and Jessica Garder for their supports in the research project. Kam Ng continues his research in deep foundations. He is currently setting up a medium-scale deep foundation testing facility with state-of-art equipment, such as digital soil sensors and a miniature cone penetrometer.

Awards were presented at the DFI 38th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Phoenix, AZ. Competition papers will be published in the DFI Journal.  In recognition of this award, Kam Ng is being provided with 1) 20 available DFI publications, 2) two-year individual membership in DFI, and 3) Free full registration at the DFI conference. Currently, Kam Ng is serving as a committee member for 1) Codes and Standards, 2) Driven Piles, and 3) Drilled Shafts.

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the DFI as its charitable arm.  The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.  For additional information please visit:

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