Three CU engineering faculty received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation so far this spring. Assistant professors Abbie Liel and Matthew Hallowell of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, along with Mahmoud Hussein of aerospace engineering sciences, were selected for the prestigious award.
The award comes with a grant of approximately $400,000 over five years to launch the faculty member’s research program and support associated teaching and outreach.
Liel, who specializes in structural engineering and structural mechanics, plans to develop a multi-scale methodology for assessing the reductions in seismic risk possible through building retrofit design and policy. Her emphasis on retrofit is motivated by the large number of older buildings that predate major changes to seismic code provisions and, as a result, are vulnerable to earthquake-induced damage.
Hallowell, who is part of the department’s construction engineering and management group, will focus on predictive modeling of construction injuries in complex environments and test the hypothesis that over half of the variability in construction injury statistics can be explained by a few basic and inherent attributes of construction environments.
Hussein, who specializes in structural and material systems, will investigate the nonlinear, dissipative mechanics of phononic materials, providing formulations and analytical tools to investigate their application to acoustic/vibration control, blast protection, radio frequency sensing, acoustic imaging, digital signal processing, energy conversion, and other areas.