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Civil engineering helps explore risks to osteoporosis patients

Arup graduate Yin Shan Ho has won the top prize in the London heat of the ICE Graduate and Student Papers Competition in recognition of his achievements in his final year undergraduate research.

Working in partnership with the structural biomechanics research department at Imperial College, Yin applied civil engineering principles to examine the behaviour of human bone in osteoporosis patients.

As a result, he was able to better expose potential fracture risks while advancing the role of civil engineering in structural biomechanics. Judges commented that Yin’s innovation in structural biomechanics made him the most worthy winner of the London heat.

In addition to winning £250, Yin’s paper Orthotropic adaptive finite element modelling of the femur identifies osteoporotic fracture risk regions under physiological and traumatic loading will go into the national competition taking place in October.

In this, he will have to present his findings to an expert panel, in the hope of scooping the coveted Institution Medal and a £1,500 prize.

Judges of the London heat were keen to recognise the achievements of other entrants and named WSP pavement engineer Cinzia Maggiore and University College London researcher Nicole Badstuber as joint runners up.

The judges said both entrants had reached outstanding levels of achievement in their research. The panel commended Maggiore’s presentation of her research into fatigue on asphalt pavements, and said that Badstuber’s paper on the development of the London Overground provided an interesting insight into the city’s changing cityscape.

The annual ICE Graduate and Student Papers Competition provides young civil engineers with an opportunity to develop their writing, presentation and debating skills and boost their continuing professional development.

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