Two Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members have each been selected to receive a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Assistant Professors Branko Kerkez and Seymour Spence both received the honor. The CAREER Award is one of the most prestigious awards granted to early-career researchers by the NSF. The award is given to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Professor Spence’s proposal, “Using Metamodeling to Enable High-Fidelity Modeling in Risk-based Multi-hazard Structural Design” focuses on the advancement of new computational tools to assess the reliability and risk of civil engineering structures exposed to wind and seismic hazards.
Professor Kerkez’s proposal, “Toward a Theory for Smart Stormwater Systems,” explores improvements in water flow and water quality through the adoption of monitoring and controls in urban watersheds.
The award will be used to fund each professor’s research proposal. Both award grants are for $500K, for a five year funding period.