REU 2017
Student Projects

 

The 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program featured seventeen students assigned to sixteen projects throughout the network of NHERI facilities.

At the conclusion of the ten-week summer program, students produced a research poster and paper for their project and gave a presentation on their experience.  The posters and papers can be found below, and a copy of the presentation slides as well as a video recording of the presentations can be found at the "REU 2017" project within the DesignSafe Data Depot.


Ammar Musa and Olajide Ogunmola

Home university: University of Texas, San Antonio

NHERI EF Site: University of Texas – Texas Advanced Computing Center

Faculty mentors: Charlie Dey and Maria Esteva

Graduate student mentors: Yuxiang Lin and Carl Bernier

Research project title: Creation of a tool for raw data comprehension

Research Paper: Paper-Musa & Ogunmola.docx

Jared Walbert

Home university: Humboldt State University 

NHERI EF Site: University of Texas at Austin 

Faculty mentors: Dr. Patricia Clayton & Dr. Farnyuh Menq

Graduate student mentor: Benchen Zhang

Research project title: Estimation of liquefaction at a regional level using geologic maps

Research paper: Paper-Jared Walbert.docx

Duy T. Nguyen

Home university: University of Florida

NHERI EF site: UF POWELL Structures and Materials Laboratory

Faculty mentor: Dr. Kurtis R. Gurley 

Graduate student mentor(s): N/A

Research project title: Florida Coastal Monitoring Program (FCMP): Curation of hurricane wind data for DesignSafe-CI

Research paper: Paper-Duy Nguyen.pdf

Mark Mimms

Home university: University of Florida

NHERI EF site: UF Powell Family Structures and Materials Laboratory

Faculty mentors: Dr. Kurt Gurley and Dr. David Prevatt 

Graduate student mentor(s):  N/A

Research project title: Tornado damage assessment data curation and dissemination

Research paper: Paper-Mark Mimms.docx

Melody Trejo

Home university: California State University, Fullerton

NHERI EF site: Lehigh University, ATLSS Engineering Laboratory 

Faculty mentor: Dr. Spencer Quiel

Graduate student mentor: Safwan Al-Subaihawi 

Research project title: Resiliency of cladding systems for multi-hazards

Research paper: Paper-Melody Trejo.docx

Caleb Wegener

Home university: Humboldt State University

NHERI EF site: Florida International University - Wall of Wind

Faculty mentor: Dr. Ioannis Zisis

Graduate student mentor: Farzaneh Raji

Research project title: Wind-driven-rain field study on a full-scale model house

Research paper: Paper-Caleb Wegener.docx

Suzzanne Conover

Home university: University of Kentucky

NHERI EF site: Florida International University – Wall of Wind

Faculty mentor: Dr. Arindam Chowdhury

Graduate student mentor: Mohammadtaghi Moravej, Ziad Azz

Research project title: Progressive failure studies of residential houses towards performance based hurricane engineering

Zachary Duskin

Home university: University of Reno, Nevada

NHERI EF site: ATLSS at Lehigh University

Faculty mentors: Dr. Richard Sause and Dr. James Ricles

Graduate student mentor: Alia Amer

Research project title: Stress-strain properties of cross laminated timber in compression

Research paper: Paper-Zachary Duskin.pdf

Anna C.T. Tsai

Home university: University of Washington

NHERI EF site: Oregon State University OH Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Faculty mentor: Dr. Daniel Cox

Graduate student mentor: Mohammad Shafiqual Alam

Research project title: Experimental observations of debris impact and damming loads for elevated structures subjected to transient waves

Research paper: Paper-Anna Tsai.docx

Danielle Charleston

Home university: University of California, Davis

NHERI EF Site: University of California, Berkeley - SimCenter

Faculty mentor: Dr. Matt Schoettler

Graduate student mentor(s): N/A

Research project title: Evaluating policies by simulating large scale regional seismic response

Research paper: Paper-Danielle Charleston.pdf

Tiffany La

Home university: University of California, San Diego

NHERI EF site: UC Berkeley SimCenter

Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Schoettler

Graduate student mentor(s): N/A

Research project title: Adaptation of the PBEE Framework: A building block for community resilience models

Research paper: Paper-Tiffany La.pdf

Joycelyn Ng

Home University: University of California, San Diego

NHERI EF site: UC San Diego High Performance Outdoors Shake Table

Faculty mentor: Dr. Shiling Pei

Graduate student mentor: N/A

Research project title: Studying the seismic behavior of cross laminated timber

Research paper: Paper-Joycelyn Ng.pdf

Monica Liu

Home university: University of California, Berkeley

NHERI EF site: University of California, San Diego- Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table

Faculty mentor: Dr. Shiling Pei

Graduate student mentor: Sarah Wichman

Research project title: Lateral load path analysis of cross-laminated timber structure

Research paper: Paper-Monica Liu.docx

Dexter Harris, Jr.

Home university: Morgan State University

NHERI EF site: UC Davis Center for Geotechnical Modeling

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jason DeJong

Graduate student mentor: Kathleen Darby

Research project title: Centrifuge model testing of liquefaction mitigation via microbially-induced calcite precipitation

Research paper: Paper-Dexter Harris.docx

Syed Ali Hasan

Home university: University of Texas, Austin

NHERI EF site: University of California, San Diego: Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table

Faculty mentor: Dr. Shiling Pei

Graduate student mentor(s): -

Research project title: Development and validation of a resilience-based seismic design methodology for tall wood buildings

Research paper: Paper-Ali Hasan.docx

Diana Melendez

Home university: Lehigh University 

NHERI EF site: University of California, Davis - Center for Geotechnical Modeling

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jason DeJong

Graduate student mentors: Alexander Sturm (Ph.D.) and Gregory Shepard (M.S.)

Research project title: A feasibility study on gravelly soil characterization via centrifuge testing

Research paper: Paper-Diana Melendez.pdf