Postdoctoral Researchers

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Yao Wang

Dr. Yao Wang is Postdoctoral Research Associate who is currently working on the Microsoft Project and ARPA-E Project. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees both at the University of Colorado Boulder. His Ph.D. research is mainly about the durability and mechanical properties of concrete under low temperatures; particularly, he developed the predictive model of heat-moisture coupled transportation in low-temperature concrete with experimental validation. Dr. Wang is currently devoted to...

PhD Students

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Gadisa Merdassa

Gadisa Merdassa is a graduate student of Structural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder expects to graduate with a Master of Science degree in the Spring of 2023. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hawassa University in Ethiopia. He has over 3 years of experience in road infrastructure design and road asset management in Ethiopia. Gadisa will continue towards his Ph.D. studies after graduation. His current research focuses on...
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Naiara Tonin

Naiara R. Tonin is pursuing a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering & Structural Mechanics at the University of Colorado. Her current research work includes development of new technologies to automate the assessment of properties of concrete from its microstructure. She started her graduate studies in Structural Engineering at the University of Ottawa (Canada), where she worked as a research assistant focused on microstructure of concrete and its application for assessing damage...

Master's Students

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Ethan Borenstein

Donald (Ethan) Borenstein is a graduate research assistant working on the CNP-UHPC project. He received his B.S. degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and is currently pursuing his M.S. degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. His degree is in structural engineering and structural mechanics and he has experience in the industry from multiple internship positions. His experience is mostly bridge related structural design and inspection. His research involves...
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Kristen Reed

Kristen Reed is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Engineering with a certificate in Global Engineering. Her current research focuses on soil cementation using state-of-the-art microbial-induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) and developing a method to reduce the resource burden associated with ureolytic soil biocementation. Through integrating principles of bioengineering and biochemistry with materials science and cement chemistry, she is engineering a rapidly deployable urea-free or urea-reduced MICP approach using autotrophic photosynthetic...

Undergraduate Students

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Emma Andreasen

Emma Andreasen is an undergraduate student majoring in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Mechanics and Structural Engineering. She expects to graduate with her B.S. degree in the fall of 2022. Emma is currently in the Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's Degree Program and will continue working towards her M.S. degree at the University of Colorado after graduation. She is conducting research on correctly proportioning rock in geopolymer to create an improvement...
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Alexa Rapp

Alexa (Lexie) Rapp is an undergraduate student studying Architectural Engineering with a certificate in Engineering Leadership. She is responsible for maintaining expense reports for the research group, updating Dr. Hubler's website, organizing group photos, and more. Along with this, she works as an employee at the Denver International Airport under the Airport Infrastructure Management Development Systems Engineering group working on a variety of projects from electrical drawings to structural as-built...