March 31, 2022

Engineering students earn national recognition


GeoWall team
Members of NDSU College of Engineering GeoWall competition pose after the event in North Carolina.

The NDSU College of Engineering GeoWall team placed fourth in the national GeoWall Competition on March 21 during the Geo-Congress 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The objective of the competition is to use geotechnical engineering design skills to build a mechanically stabilized earth retaining wall in a wooden box. After being filled with sand, the front face of the box is removed, leaving only a piece of light posterboard paper to support hundreds of pounds of sand.

“My favorite part about this year’s competition was our team,” said Tiffany Meeks, a senior from Wadena, Minnesota majoring in civil engineering and co-captain of the GeoWall team. “The way we always work so well together and how each member brings a unique set of skills and thoughts to the team.”

Competition teams like GeoWall are an important part of the NDSU experience, giving students a chance to develop skills that stand out to employers.

“This experience has prepared me and other students in many ways for working in the real world by gaining hands-on experience in designing and constructing MSE walls, working well in a team and earning leadership opportunities,” Meeks said.

Other team members include: co-captain Mohammed Mohammed, a senior from West Fargo majoring in civil engineering; Lexie Rennemo, a junior from Baudette, Minnesota majoring in civil engineering; Sawyer Aleckson, a junior from Waconia, Minnesota majoring in civil engineering.

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