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James D. Cooper Student Paper Competition

The IBC James D. Cooper student paper competition is open to college and university engineering students in the United States and worldwide.

The winning paper will receive a complimentary conference registration, present at the virtual conference and have the paper published in the conference proceedings.

Student competition papers should fall within one of the IBC Technical Session Topics listed below. Papers prepared for other purposes (thesis, projects, etc.) are acceptable although previously published work cannot be accepted. Manuscripts are limited to ten (10) pages single spaced 12 point text (no exceptions). Papers must be authored by students; papers co-authored by faculty advisors are not allowed. Papers will be judged by an international committee of engineers and academics.

Student competition papers deadline: May 3, 2021

Winning entry will be notified by May 17, 2021.   Recording will be due May 28, 2021.

The Student Paper Awards Committee reserves the right to not make an award.

Inquiries regarding the student paper competition may be directed here.

The IBC requests abstracts that address the following topics, but not limited to:
  • ABC
  • Alternate Delivery Methods
  • Asset Management
  • Bridge Demolition
  • Bridge Maintenance
  • Bridge Program Management
  • Bridges Constructed under P3 Process
  • Cable Maintenance
  • Cable Stayed Bridges
  • Contractors
  • Construction
  • Construction Engineering
  • Design
  • Design/Build
  • Drone Bridge Inspections
  • Erection Engineering Standards
  • Fabrication Methods
  • Foundations
  • Flood Vulnerability Assessment
  • High Speed Rail Bridges
  • Innovative Financing
  • Innovative Materials Applications
  • Information Modeling for Bridges, including Data Exchanges and 3D Bridge Design
  • Inspection & Analysis (including Bridge Design Pilots)
  • Lessons Learned
  • Lift Bridges
  • Load Testing & Instrumentation
  • Long Span Bridges
  • Moveable Bridges
  • NBIS Bridge Inspections
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Partnering
  • Pedestrian/Special Purpose Bridges
  • Railroad and Transit Bridge Management
  • Rehabilitation/Preservation
  • Service Life Design
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Security Issues & Solutions
  • Segmental Concrete Bridges
  • Seismic Design
  • Software Applications
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Timber Bridges
  • Tunnels & Tunnel Inspection


  • Accepted file types: pdf.