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Summer experience enriched with Case Alumni Foundation support in light of COVID-19

In 2019, approximately 90% of Civil and Environmental Engineering students participated in summer internships and co-ops. Due to the pandemic, many of these summer opportunities were delayed or cancelled. At the same time, the department’s annual study abroad summer course trip to Tianjin University in China, that is supported in part by the Case Alumni Foundation (CAF), was no longer feasible. Because of this unique set of circumstances, the CAF was able to reallocate $15,000 in undesignated scholarship funds to support 10 students over the summer, allowing them to spend eight weeks working on an assigned research project with a faculty advisor. With this funding, the students were able to complete research on topics focused on the topics of structure, geotech/infrastructure and the environment.

The Case Alumni Foundation is committed to providing access to experiential learning for students at CWRU. 

Student researchers and faculty advisors include:

Structure: advised by YeongAe Heo

  • Eric Maccaro: Evolution of Oil and Gas System Incident Risks in the U.S.: Part 1

  • Luke Traverso: Evolution of Oil and Gas System Incident Risks in the U.S.: Part 2

  • Devin Knott : Evolution of Oil and Gas System Incident Risks in the U.S.: Part 3

  • Brian Lin: Evolution of Oil and Gas System Incident Risks in the U.S.: Part 4

Geotech/Infrastructure: advised by Xiong (Bill) Yu

  • Yingning Ma: Machine learning model for concrete strength prediction

  • Ellen Chen: High hazards dam risk assessment

  • Matt Speitel: Data-driven maintenance of underground utilities

  • Joel Tyson: Green building materials

Environment: advised by Huichun (Judy) Zhang

  • Zachary Goldstein: Algal bloom in Lake Erie

  • Benjamin Zhang: Biodegradability of various organic compounds through CO2 Evolution

 

Posted 9/23/2020