The committee received six articles from four different candidates, and after a thorough academic evaluation, the following two articles were selected as winners of the 2019 award:
- Site-specific data-driven probabilistic wind field modeling for the wind-induced response prediction of cable-supported bridges, Aksel Fenerci, NTNU.
- Velocity Spectra and Coherence Estimates in the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Etienne Cheynet, UiS.
Both winners will be awarded NOK 35,000 intended to be used to visit wind research communities abroad.
All contributions met the requirements
The jury stated that all the papers met the requirements for the scholarship:
- Relevance to the field of wind engineering and / or bridge dynamics
- Must have been published in a recognized international journal in the field
– The contributions received were of a high scientific standard, and the process of choosing two winners was therefore challenging, says Mathias E. Eidem in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
Eidem says that the winning articles are based on physical measurements of winds at two different locations with different equipment, and that both candidates have created models and estimates to describe different parameters related to winds.
– In addition to the high level of scientific quality, their "hands on" approach and measurements on actual constructions are considered to be in the spirit of Thomas A. Wyatt, adds Professor Anders Rønnquist from NTNU.
The jury has been assisted by an evaluation committee consisting of the following members:
- Bjørn Isaksen, Norwegian Public Roads Administration
- Ole Øiseth, NTNU
- Jasna B. Jakobsen, University of Stavanger