Originally From: Chicago, Ill.
Fellowship Start Date: Fall 2021
Research Subdiscipline: Structural and Earthquake Engineering
Research Advisor Dr. Ryan
What inspired you to pursue a PhD?
I would like to continue to build upon the knowledge and skills that I have acquired to gain the expertise needed to contribute to the development of innovative earthquake-resistant structures in order to mitigate damage. Another important goal that I have is to increase the representation of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education in hopes that the younger generations will be inspired to pursue higher education as well. My overall career goal is to become a researcher and professor in structural/earthquake engineering.
What are you most interested in learning more about during your PhD study?
While completing my master’s degree at UCLA over the past school year, I’ve had the opportunity to develop my knowledge of both fundamental and advanced structural/earthquake engineering practices.
I am most interested in learning about the effectiveness of rocking Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) walls in tall mass timber buildings in seismic regions.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy biking, fishing, hanging out with friends/family, traveling, and spending time outdoors — pretty much anything that gets me out of the house.