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Graduate Student Positions in Kinetic Structures
University of Notre Dame


Date Posted Oct. 8, 2020
Title Graduate Student Positions in Kinetic Structures
University University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN, United States
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Summer or fall 2021
 
 
  • Graduate Student
  • Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Civil Engineering
 
 

Kinetic Structures Laboratory
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
University of Notre Dame

Graduate student positions in the areas of 3D printed concrete and the rapid construction of steel bridges.

The Kinetic Structures Laboratory (KSL) is seeking motivated candidates for graduate level positions (MSCE or PhD) starting summer or fall 2021. Interested candidates should follow the instructions stated below for "Interested Applicants."

Students with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in civil engineering or mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will conduct independent research on 3D printed concrete buildings or a new strategy for the rapid fabrication and erection of steel structures.

Successful candidates will work with Dr. Ashley P. Thrall and other graduate students in the Kinetic Structures Laboratory (KSL). The KSL, directed by Dr. Thrall, is dedicated to investigating the behavior, design, and optimization of kinetic civil infrastructure utilizing numerical and experimental approaches. Kinetic bridges, shelters, and buildings include modular systems, which are rapidly movable and deployable. These structures are critical for effective humanitarian responses following disasters, successful military operations, and accelerated construction of civil infrastructure. This 1,200-square-foot facility includes computational resources (dedicated high-performance computational servers), rapid prototyping equipment (laser cutter and 3D printer), and experimental testing equipment (Digital Image Correlation, conventional instrumentation, and hydraulic actuators).
Current and recent projects of the Kinetic Structures Laboratory include:

  • designing rapidly deployable origami-inspired shelters;
  • developing new approaches to rapidly erect bridge systems;
  • performing topology optimization on modular structures;
  • and investigating prefabricated high-strength rebar systems with high-performance concrete for accelerated construction of nuclear concrete structures.

Interested Applicants
Interested applicants should email Dr. Ashley P. Thrall (athrall@nd.edu) and provide the two items listed below in a single pdf file.
Submit your email and documents well in advance of the February 1 Graduate School deadline (for fall semester 2021).
Please use the email subject line to specify your interest in either an MSCE or a PhD level position.
-Resume/CV
-Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

Graduate School Requirements and Deadlines
Please visit the Graduate School website for information on application requirements (for PhD: https://graduateschool.nd.edu/degree-programs/civil-and-environmental-engin… and for MSCE: https://graduateschool.nd.edu/degree-programs/civil-engineering-msce—-mast…). The Graduate School deadline for CEEES, fall semester, is February 1, 2020. All Graduate School deadlines and requirements must be met. Encouragement to apply does not guarantee admission-only the Graduate School is authorized to admit students.

Contact: Dr. Ashley P. Thrall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Website: https://athrall.nd.edu/


  • The University of Notre Dame is dedicated to equal employment opportunity and to the implementation of positive programs designed to ensure the prevention of any discriminatory practices, either intentional or inadvertent, with respect to race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, age, or sex. The University is completely committed to full compliance with the letter and spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other federal, state, and local laws concerning equal opportunities.
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    —Recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, age or sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification).
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Contact Information

 
  • Dr. Ashley P. Thrall
    Kinetic Structures Laboratory
    University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, IN 46556
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  • athrall@nd.edu

 

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