Two fully-funded Ph.D. positions are available for Fall 2024 admission in the Sustainable and Autonomous Concrete Lab directed by Prof. Yi Shao. The application deadline is Jan 1, 2024. Application guidance can be found at https://www.shao-lab.com/opportunities
Ph.D. #1 will work on a project related to seismic behavior and design of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforced concrete structure. The project will primarily focus on numerical simulation and design code development while the candidate will also have access to the experimental part of this project. The candidate for this position should have a strong interest in developing sustainable, durable, and resilient structures with new materials. The candidate is expected to have a GPA over 3.7/4.0 for both BS and MS degrees and ideally have prior experience with OpenSees or other numerical simulation software.
Ph.D. #2 will work on a project related to multi-physics topology optimization of UHPC (Ultra-high performance concrete) structure. The project will heavily utilize different optimization techniques to design structures with low carbon footprint and high energy efficiency. The candidate for this position should have a strong interest in developing sustainable and energy-efficient buildings with optimization and new materials. the candidate is expected to have a GPA over 3.7/4.0 for both BS and MS degrees and ideally demonstrate a strong mathematical and programming background.
The Ph.D. candidates will also have the opportunity to develop other projects related to sustainable and resilient concrete infrastructure. Our team offers an exciting, inclusive, and interdisciplinary research environment that provides rich opportunities for technology advancement as well as real-world applications of research.
Our lab is committed to creating new solutions for reducing the environmental impact and labor demand of building concrete infrastructure. Current projects focus on developing durable and resilient structural systems that minimize material and labor usage. Our research tools include the development and application of high-performance materials (especially Ultra-High Performance Concrete, UHPC), nonlinear finite element methods, innovative structural systems, topology optimization, and digital construction methods. I strongly encourage students or scholars who share our mission to apply.
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