GSI_Logo_467By the Geosynthetic Institute – The GSI Board of Directors has made their selections for this year’s GSI Fellowship Awards from a number of proposals from universities around the world. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students studying geosynthetics. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the upcoming 7th year of the program will be announced this winter. In order to be eligible, students must focus on a geosynthetic topic, have passed their candidacy examination, and be recommended by their advisor. The recipients for the 2013-2014 GSI Fellowship Awards are as follows:
Class 6(a) – 1st Year Funding at $10,000 per Student

No: 1-13
Name: Jongwan Eun
School: University of Wisconsin
Advisor: Craig Benson
Topic: “Transport Parameters in Coextruded Geomembrane Containing Ethylene Vinyl-Alcohol”

No: 2-13
Name: Yu Qian
School: University of Illinois
Advisor: Erol Tutumluer
Topic: “Geogrid-Ballast Interaction and Geogrid Application in Railroad Reinforcement using Image-aided Discrete Element Method”

Class 5(b) – 2nd Year Funding at $5,000 per Student

No: 2-12
Name: Xunchang Fei
School: University of Michigan
Advisor: Dimitrios Zekkos
Topic: “Impact of Municipal Solid Waste Biodegradation on Separator Geotextile”

Class 4(c) – 3rd Year Funding at $5,000 per Student

No: 3-11
Name: Felix Jacobs
School: RWTH Aachen University
Advisor: Martin Ziegler
Topic: “Large Scale Biaxial Compression Testing of Geogrid Reinforced Soil”

Please contact Jamie Koerner at for additional information on the students and their respective projects or go to for a complete history of the fellowship program.