My research focuses on developing computer simulations of mass timber structures in fire in order to better understand their behavior and how we can design these structures for fire safety.
I got my undergraduate degree in physics from Grinnell College, and I am currently pursuing a PhD in civil engineering.
I love that I get to work on a project that’s helping to create a safer, more sustainable built environment, with people who are determined to make it happen.
I am active in the graduate student union as a member of their Pride Caucus, and I serve as an officer for the local chapter of Out in STEM, an organization for LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM disciplines.
When I entered the field of civil engineering, it was daunting to look around and not really see any signs of other LGBTQ+ people. I didn’t want future students to have the same experience, so I sought out other folks to start an Out in STEM chapter together. My adviser has also helped to connect me with queer professionals in the same field–which was how I learned about Qu-AKE and this project.
My mentors do incredible research and outreach, and I look to them for inspiration on how to be a better scientist and engineer. Although I have not yet had a mentor whom I know to be queer, I hope that one day I can be a queer mentor for someone else.
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