I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. After completing my undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the Army's Polytechnic School of Ecuador, I worked for three years in the industry as structural designer. I really love everything related to soccer which is one of my passions. Additionally, I enjoy listening to music, traveling, meeting new people and learning new things.
I was born and raised in Athens, which is the capital of Greece. Right after my graduation from National Technical University of Athens, I moved here at Austin in order to continue my studies as a PhD student. I am interested in mechanics of concrete structures and I am sure that through my participation in FSELs’ research programs, I will further improve my knowledge, in order to become a highly competent structural engineer. In my free time I enjoy cooking for my friends, and excursions to near cities.
I was born in Paris and studied at the Ecole des Mines. After a Master's Degree at Georgia Tech and several years of working in industry overseas, I am back at school pursuing a PhD. This is my second year at UT. I enjoy running by Lady Bird Lake and cycling in the Hill Country.
I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and earned my BS in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago, DR.
After several years of working in the construction field along with my father, I discovered my real passion for Structural Engineering, obtaining a MS from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. There, I found my second and third passions, which are teaching and research. I became a Civil Engineering professor, working at PUCMM since my return to Santo Domingo.
I feel blessed for this opportunity to pursue my doctoral degree at UT Austin and working at FSEL is a long dream come true. Our family is thrilled to be in this beautiful place and looking forward to making new friends and discovering new places in our outings in Austin.
I was born and raised in South Korea. I received my BS and MS from Seoul National University. After graduation, I had worked for Hyundai E&C about 4.5 years. My major tasks were varying from assessment of crack to analysis of hydration of massive structure. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, playing any kind of sports, and traveling with my beloved wife and children.
I am a student in the nondestructive testing part of the lab at the FSEL. I am focusing on using guided ultrasonic waves to locate damage in structures like pipelines and steel reinforcing bars. Outside of this I enjoy playing tennis and golf. I have met some great people here already, and hope to get to know more in the future.
I started my PhD two years ago with Dr. Salamone in the area of Nondestructive Testing (NDT). My background is civil-structural engineering, and my research bridges between recent advancements in computer science and structural nondestructive evaluation. We have recently moved our NDT lab from University at Buffalo to Ferguson lab.
I was born in Chhim, a peaceful village in Mount Lebanon. After completing my Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB), I worked as an instructor in the Civil Department at AUB for two years. In addition, I worked as a designer in an engineering firm in Beirut where I was involved in the design of projects in the gulf area. During this period, I discovered the importance of pursuing a PhD degree; fortunately, I am here now at UT working with Dr. Murcia-Delso on the modeling of nonlinear mechanics of RC structures. I enjoy photography, swimming, socializing and exploring new places.
I was born and raised in Dalian, a coastal city located in the northeast of China. I graduated from Tongji University in Civil Engineering. Then, I completed my M.S. in bridge engineering from Dalian University of Technology. After that I worked as a bridge designer for 2 years and a research engineer in a wind tunnel lab for 3 years. I enjoy the outdoors, road trip, photography, and trying unknown things.
I come from Izmir, Turkey which is also a southern city. So I came prepared for the heat here. I completed my bachelor and master degrees at Bogazici University in Istanbul, which was the first American college founded out of USA almost 150 years ago. After working in subjects such as vibration based identification, finite element modeling and seismic hazard, now I became a part of the Structural Health Monitoring/ Nondestructive Testing Laboratory here under the supervision of Dr. Salamone. Besides loving what I study, I love the green and outdoor sports activities in Austin. I also like swimming, sailing, piano, tennis, latin dances, books, movies and traveling.
Having received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, Farid has started to pursue his PhD at The University of Texas at Austin. His main research interests have centered around probability models, Risk-based decision making, structural reliability, earthquake engineering, and soil-structure interaction. He is currently working on assessing vulnerability of Texas bridges to natural and Induced seismic hazards as a graduate research assistant (GRA) of Dr. Clayton’s research group at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information about him, one can visit his personal website: www.faridkhosravikia.com.
I am a first year mas-ter’s student from the Chicago suburbs, work-ing on the steel trape-zoidal box girder pro-ject. I earned my B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa in Spring 2015, and some of my personal hobbies include playing sports and spending time with friends.
I was born in Aberdeen, Scotland before eventually moving to Sugar Land, Texas in 2003. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering here at UT in May 2016. I’m now continuing on to get my Master’s degree here as well. In my spare time I like to play soccer, listen to music, and hang out with my friends.
Gabriel Polo Gonzalez
I was born and raised in the capital city of Panama, in Central America. I earned my BS degree in Civil Engineering, and my MS degree in Structural Engineering, from the Technological University of Panama. I was offered the opportunity of studying abroad to pursue a PhD degree, and chose UT for all the excellent reviews about the Structural Engineering program and the friendliness of the people in Austin. Besides working and studying structures, in my free time, I like soccer and football, outdoor activities and traveling.
I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I attended North Carolina State University, where I received a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. In my spare time I love to travel, hike, bike, camp, and pretty much anything else where I can be active and enjoy the outdoors. I am excited to be working with Dr. Clayton, Dr. Williamson, Dr. Ghanoum, and Slav on a TxDOT project, where we will be assessing the seismic vulnerability of bridges in Texas.
I was born and raised in the northwest corner of the Treasure State (Montana) just minutes away from beautiful Glacier National Park. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains allowed me to enjoy many activities over the years including skiing, hiking, biking, and hunting to name a few. I obtained my BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Montana State University in 2009 and 2011, respectively. After working for a structural engineering consulting firm for two years, I decided to go back to school and pursue a PhD.
Though I originally grew up in Oklahoma, I’ve spent the last seven years in Denver, working for a commercial structural design firm. After getting a UT Master’s back in 2009, I just couldn’t stay away and had to return for more Ferguson Lab adventures. I’ll be working with Dr. Bayrak on a TBD project. I enjoy music, cooking, ultimate frisbee and spending time with my wife Emily and son Jack.
I’m originally from Houston and UT still held its grip on me for another round after undergrad. I’ve now worked in the lab for multiple years, and am currently working on my PhD. I probably get the dirtiest of everyone and come highly regarded for my expert strain gaging skills. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar and piano, cooking, and watching movies.
I am a first year master’s student from Sacramento, California. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Alabama before moving to Austin. Some of my interests include exploring and traveling, playing sports, hanging out with friends, and reading. I hope to use my engineering degree to work internationally with emerging countries.
I was born in Babol, North of Iran. Having received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from University of Tehran, I was a structural engineering PhD student there while I decided to pursue my education somewhere else…My previous research was focused on computer simulation of buildings for performance based earthquake engineering. However, I am now working on a completely different field of bridge instrumentation. This motivates me greatly since I feel I have started a totally new stage in my professional life.
I began my masters in Fall of 2015 after graduating from Kansas State University last spring with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering. My undergraduate experience was very design/consulting oriented, so I am very excited to be involved with research and explore a different side of structural engineering.