Morgan Funderburk, Structural Engineering PhD student, competed and won the opportunity to participate in several high profile programs:
1. California Council of Science and Technology (CCST) California Science Translators Showcase Showcase
On February 6, CCST hosted its third California Science Translators Showcase, featuring graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Stanford, and Caltech, who discussed their research with decision makers in an informal mixer setting. The CCST showcase was organized in partnership with California State Assembly member Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.
2. PREEMPTIVE Costa Rica ASI
A week-long Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) in San Jos?, Costa Rica, focused on protective systems for mitigating the effects of natural hazards; this ASI is sponsored by the PREEMPTIVE Multidisciplinary Natural Hazards Engineering Institute Series for Advanced Graduate Students that was funded through NSF?s International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program. The goal of this series of ASIs is to build a diverse community of researchers across the Pacific Rim, and beyond, who share a focused interest in understanding, promoting and accelerating the adoption of protective systems to provide resilience for building and infrastructure systems and ensure sustainable societies.
3. LANL Science of Signatures ASI
The Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) will be held over three weeks during April 15 ? May 3, 2019. The students work in 3-person multidisciplinary teams and are assigned a research topic to studied during the course of the program. Research topics focusing on Science of Signature-Forward Deployment problems are defined by LANL technical staff for the participants. Students will attend daily technical and professional development lectures as well as work on their team research topics. Professional development lectures are given by laboratory staff and managers and outside academics on topics including proposal writing, the tenure process, starting a research group at the lab, and commercializing technology developed at the laboratory.