CIVS graduate assistant, Nick Walla, won 1st Place at the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s 2013 AISTech Conference, Graduate Student Poster Competition. The competition was held on Monday, May 6 in Pittsburgh, PA. Nick presented his project titled “Life Prediction in Industrial Equipment” sponsored by U. S. Steel. The student competition is held annually at AISTech, an international conference that is steel’s premier technical event and North America’s largest steel exposition. Over 123 students competed this year. More than 7,000 professionals attended the conference from all around the world. Nick received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in December 2013. This is the second year in a row that a CIVS graduate student has won first place. Last year, CIVS graduate assistant Md Taifur Rahman won the award for his project developing blast furnace simulations.