Job ID: 135765

PhD Positions

Pennsylvania State University

  • Jan. 3, 2020
  • PhD Positions
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA
  • Open until filled
  • August 2020
  • Graduate Student
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Computer Science
    Civil Engineering
    Architectural (Building & Construction)
    Engineering - Other

The Architectural Engineering (AE) Department at Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) invites applications for graduate researchers at the PhD level under the guidance of Professor Rebecca Napolitano.

Research will be at the intersection of civil engineering, computer science, and historic preservation as it pertains to diagnostics of existing infrastructure. Students will study how convolutional neural networks, physics-based modeling, and cyber-physical systems can be utilized to adaptively reuse existing structures in a world moving towards greener infrastructure and smart cities. Current research initiatives include the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for infrastructure inspection, the fusion of nondestructive evaluation for multi-modal documentation, hybrid analytics to create digital twins, and augmented reality for synthesizing disparate data sets.

Applications should include full resume, statement of intent mentioning Rebecca Napolitano, contact information for three references, official GRE scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international applicants). Additionally, a section of the statement of intent should directly address any programming experience; a link to or to see example programs is encouraged. For more information about the department and to apply please visit

Inquiries may be directed to Rebecca Napolitano (email:, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering, University Park, PA 16802. Process inquiries can be directed to Judy Heltman, Graduate Program and Placement Coordinator, Department of Architectural Engineering at

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  • Rebecca Napoltano
    Architectural Engineering
    Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA

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