ASDSO awards dam safety scholarship to South Carolina student


The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has awarded its 2015-16 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship to Timothy Sabins, a senior at the University of South Carolina Honors College majoring in civil and environmental engineering.

Sabins participated in undergraduate research under Hanif Chaudhry, Ph.D., who is an expert in water resource engineering with emphasis on the mathematical and physical modeling of steady and unsteady flows in closed conduits and open-channel. Sabins assisted with dam and levee breach simulation research, which included building dam system models to simulate flooding during a dam breach.

As an awardee, he will receive a $7,500 scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year, a complimentary ASDSO student membership for one year and complimentary registration and travel to ASDSO’s 2015 annual conference held Sept. 13-17 in New Orleans, La.

This is the 24th year of the ASDSO Scholarship Program, which awards up to $10,000 to US citizens enrolled in accredited programs in engineering or related fields and planning careers related to the design, construction, or operation of dams.

Sabins recently interned at Dynamic Engineering Consultants, close to his hometown of Spring Lake Heights, N.J. He also participates in numerous organizations, including the Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honors societies, the University of South Carolina Project Vida Club and several intramural sports.

According to ASDSO Scholarship Chairman John Moyle, "All of this year's candidates were highly qualified, but we were especially impressed by Timothy’s dam safety related activities, as well as his impressive academic standing."

Applications for ASDSO’s 2016-2017 dam safety scholarships will soon be available at The deadline for applying is March 31, 2016.

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