Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering; University of Colorado Boulder
We have a great team of students, postdocs and faculty. See below to learn more!
Sarah is a Ph.D. student in Civil Systems, and is also earning the Engineering for Developing Communities certificate. Sarah is president of the CU chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Sarah's research activities include: developing an integrated life-cycle framework to assess building design tradeoffs in hazard performance, economic losses and environmental impacts; evaluating how features of buildings designed to be “green” influence seismic hazard performance (in terms of expected damage and losses) and quantifying variations in life-cycle environmental impacts (such as embodied carbon) of buildings designed for different levels of strength and ductility.
Rob is a Ph.D. student in structural engineering. He is researching the seismic fragility of chimneys under induced and natural (tectonic) shaking.
Jakub has returned to CU for his PhD, having just completed his Masters degree at the University of California Berkeley. His research interests cover performance of buildings on liquefiable soils, including numerical studies and parametric analysis.
Jenny Ramirez Calderon
Jenny is a Ph.D. student in geotechnical engineering whose primary advisor is Professor Shideh Dashti. Her research activities are: modeling of geomaterial element tests such a monotonic and cyclic triaxial test using finite element method, calibration of Ottawa Sand parameters to capture dilative response due to a seismic excitation and numerical modeling of the influence of remediation techniques on the performance of nonlinear structures.
Balaji is a Ph.D. student in geotechnical engineering. His research interests are on centrifuge modeling of liquefaction remediation strategies on non-linear structures. In this research effort, he is studyingliquefaction mitigationtechniques, such as densification and drainage, on non-linear structures.
Tyler is a B.S. Student in Architectural Engineering.
Creating an extensive library of information on seismic retrofit ordinances that have been implemented, particularly in California
Analyzing the ordinances that have been put in place to determine which methods are the most common and have the most positive results
Becca is a BS/MS student pursuing her degree in geotechnical engineering. Her research interests include earthquake engineering, soil liquefaction and structural analysis and design. She is co-advised by Professor Shideh Dashti.
Erin is working on a Ph.D. in Construction Management with Professors Amy Javernick-Will and Matt Hallowell, but she works with us a lot too. Erin's research interests include: hazard mitigation and post-disaster construction strategies; construction supply chain management; and pre-disaster community preparedness and post-disaster resilience.
Dr. Derya Deniz
Derya was a postdoc with us, but moved to Colorado State in August, 2015. Her interests include: (1) probabilistic assessment of flood loss models for built structures and (1) development of a resilience framework for both built structures and community. considering the participatory processes through which community stakeholders engage in and contribute to model development of flood impacts.
Orlando is a Ph.D. student at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He spent 5 months working with us in Colorado in 2015, and we hope to see him back here soon. Orlando's research interests include: structural optimization of reinforced concrete moment frames; nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete moment frames; and performance-based earthquake engineering.