During my tenure in graduate school at the University of Illinois, I have had the opportunity to be involved with numerous research topics, collaborating with some brilliant individuals. My first research experience was the investigation of slip-critical bolted connections with fillers. We were fortunate to have the recommendations from our work to be adopted by the AISC Specification. During my M.S. studies, I was involved with the investigation of a small bridge collapse in rural Illinois. The bridge collapse research led to the investigation of laser scanning technology for use in structural engineering applications. I am currently exploring the behavior of Steel Plate Shear Walls with Coupling as a seismic lateral force resisting system.
These research topics are by no means exhaustive, and I am always excited to see where my academic career will take me next.