Innovation in Resiliency Earns Disney Trip for HDR Coastal Engineer

(August 29, 2016) - Portland Coastal Engineer Jason Magalen proved to be the top-honored participant in the American Society of Civil Engineers' inaugural Innovation Contest and earned a trip to Disney in the process.

ASCE launched an Innovation Contest in December to help unearth new ideas for reducing infrastructure life-cycle costs. The contest was open to professionals, educators and students, and divided into four categories: Innovative Business Models and Technologies, the Internet of Things, Green Engineering and Resilience.

Magalen's proposal, "Rise of the Drones: How Unmanned Surveying Can Help Make Our Coasts Resilient," investigated ways to use small unmanned aerial vehicles to collect data about coastlines. His submittal received three awards: the Overall Winner award for Greatest Impact in Achieving the ASCE Grand Challenge, the Best Value Award in the contest's Resilience category, and the Most Efficient Award in the Internet of Things category.

Winners in each category were honored at separate events, where they presented their ideas to industry leaders. The Internet of Things awardees were hosted at the most magical place on Earth, earning Magalen a behind-the-scenes tour of Walt Disney's Imagineering campus in Glendale, California.

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