PhD Student of Civil Engineering

Northwestern University

The Civil Team at the NU MatSci 5k 2019


I am a second year PhD student of Civil Engineering, in the Materials, Mechanics, and Structures group at Northwestern University. I received a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Gordon College. My undergraduate research studied the corrosion properties of CuAlM superelastic alloys, for use in seismic applications and improving building resiliency. Since joining Northwestern I have focused on long-term deformation of wood structures.



Current Research
Wood Mechanics
  • Study of long term deformation in wood structures due to creep and environmental factors, with the goal of forming a wood FEA model for application in timber design.

  • Implementation of creep prediction models derived from database analysis in FEA simulation.

  • Mechanics of timber structural elements such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated beams. 

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