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Minh D. Uong, PhD student in Civil Engineering at Mizzou has been awarded “Best Papers from Young Scientists” for his research and presentation on the topic of “Advantage of instrumented lateral load tests using strain gages and shape acceleration array for designing drilled shafts in shale” in the Deep Foundation Section at the GEOTEC HANOI International Conference, themed “Geotechnics for Sustainable Infrastructure Development”. The conference was held on 24th and 25th November 2016 at JW Marriott Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. GEOTEC HANOI 2016 broke its record for receiving nearly 200 papers from scientists and experts in the field of Geotechnical Engineering from 33 countries and territories. During the last few years, numerous new, large infrastructure projects have been constructed in Vietnam. Thousands of kilometers of highways have been built. Construction of the first metro lines in Vietnam has been started in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam is one of the countries most impacted by climate change; our country is threatened by flooding and soil salinity, serious problems that call for geotechnical expertise. The conference offered opportunities for scientists and practitioners to share experiences and knowledge surrounding the situation.