Nov. 4, 2020

NDSU faculty member wins international landslide research award


Beena Ajmera, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Oldrich Hungr Award from the International Consortium on Landslides, known as ICL. Ajmera is scheduled to deliver a keynote lecture related to her research at the 5th World Landslide Forum to be held in Kyoto, Japan, Nov. 2-6, 2021.

The award is named in honor of professor Oldrich Hungr, who was a landslide scientist and Emeritus Professor of Engineering Geology at the University of British Columbia. Hungr made pioneering contributions to landslide research and science, and he was best known for his work on the mobility of landslides and developing a software series that could model complex landslide flows.

Established by the ICL, the Oldrich Hungr Award is given to a young scientist for their contributions to the field of landslide studies.

“I am honored to have been nominated by an ICL member for this international recognition and to have been selected by the ICL Board of Representatives,” Ajmera said.

Ajmera joined the NDSU faculty in 2018. She earned her bachelor’s degrees and master’s degree in civil engineering at California State University, Fullerton, and her doctorate in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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