Civil and Coastal Engineering

Project Title: Memories in sand: Experimental Analysis of Periodic Boundary Effects in Granular Body
Department:
Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jae Chung, jchun@ce.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Adam Taylor, adamgtaylor@ufl.edu
Terms Available:
Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Students majored in Mathematics or/and Physics, and any engineering disciplines are desired. At minimum three among these courses or equivalent, i.e., Calculus II, Differential Equations, Subset Theory, Thermodynamics, Dynamics, Classical Mechanics, and Statistical Mechanics (at undergraduate level), have been taken.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $15 per hour up to 20 hours a week
Application Requirements: UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview, interview by one (or two) doctoral students; email an inquiry with a one-page statement of research interest (or/and career plan) and an UF unofficial transcript to Jae Chung, jchun@ce.ufl.edu  
Application Deadline:
December 1, 2016 for the 2017 spring term and March 1 for the 2017 summer term. But, first come, first considered.
Website:  http://granularlab.essie.ufl.edu/
Project Description: Evolution of stress distribution in piles of granular materials, e.g., dry sand, is experimentally analyzed as per Fixed Principle Axis Theorem. Loading history on the stress distribution is (back) calculated by solving the Poisson’s equation. A solution in space specific to the force boundary condition is analyzed for temporal variation of granule-to-granule contact force chains in a resulting wave equation. The aim is to develop analytical functions that mathematically describe the “saddle-shape” distribution of contact pressure at the interface between granular body and rigid structure.

Project Title:Morphodynamics of Mixed Energy Tidal Inlets
Department: Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Maitane Olabarrieta, maitane.olabarrieta@essie.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  basic Matlab programming
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, for most students 0-1 credits per semester
Stipend: $500 per semester
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, letter(s) of recommendation, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Maitane Olabarrieta, maitane.olabarrieta@essie.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: September 1
Website:  n/a
Project Description: This National Science Foundation funded project seeks to increase our understanding of the hydrodynamic, sediment transport and morphodynamic processes of mixed energy tidal inlets. The undergraduate student working in this project will perform three dimensional numerical simulations to analyze the interactions between littoral and tidal currents at Matanzas Inlet.

Project Title: New Sustainable Cementitious Material for Infrastructure
Department:
Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Kyle Riding, kyle.riding@essie.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Hossein Mosavi, smosavi@ufl.edu    
Terms Available:
Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Civil and Coastal Engineering Student
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $15 per hour up to 20 hours a week
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, faculty interview; email Kyle Riding, kyle.riding@essie.ufl.edu for interview request
Application Deadline:
October 1 for Fall term and November 1 for Spring term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: Portland cement manufacturing is responsible for around 5% of global CO2 emissions. Calcined clay offers the potential to replace part of portland cement, making concrete more durable and environmentally friendly. This project will be a pilot study into the potential for a local source of calcined clay to be used in infrastructure.

Project Title: Natural Hazard Wind Engineering Research for Undergraduates
Department:
Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: David Prevatt, dprev@ce.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): David Roueche, david.roueche@ufl.edu
Terms Available:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 3-5 students per term
Prerequisites:  CES3102, Common Sense, Architecture and building construction interests
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, for most students 0-1 credits per semester
Stipend: Volunteer with no stipend first term, potential OPS later, potential University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to David Prevatt, dprev@ce.ufl.edu, to set up an interview
Application Deadline:
As projects are available to match skills of applicants
Website:  n/a
Project Description: Conduct experimental and analytical research to understand how tornado forces create structural damage in low-rise buildings, particularly houses that annually suffer over $2 billion in economic loss. The research involves field deployments following tornadoes to document and analyze the damage, publication of summary reports on the web, as well as modeling of the probabilistic losses using Matlab and other software to develop Monte Carlo simulations of extreme-wind structural system interactions.

Project Title: Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP)
Department: Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sivaramakrishnan Srinivasan, siva@ce.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 6 students per Summer
Prerequisites: Applicants must be in their junior or senior years and should be completing their undergraduate program no earlier than December 2016. Applicants must demonstrate a desire to pursue graduate studies and/or a career in transportation and are required to have excellent analytical and communication skills.
Credit:  n/a
Stipend: $3,000 Summer stipend
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF or other institution unofficial transcripts, letter(s) of recommendation; email one PDF file with all application requirements to the UFTI Assistant, ufti@eng.ufl.edu; application materials will become available in early September 2016
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
Website:  http://www.transportation.institute.ufl.edu/
Project Description: Each intern will contribute to one or more on-going projects. These projects are in a variety of areas including traffic operations, highway capacity and quality of service, safety, travel modeling, pedestrian activity, network optimization, simulation and optimization of transportation systems, traveler behavior, infrastructure design and monitoring, big data and data analytics, emergent technologies such as electric/automated vehicles, dynamic traveler information systems, and safety and sustainability of multi-modal transportation systems, and transportation systems planning.

Students are expected to work 20-30 hours per week. Each intern will be supervised by a faculty advisor and will be expected to work in close collaboration with master’s and doctoral students. At the end of the internship period, the interns are required to present a PowerPoint lecture and submit research reports describing their projects.

Project Title #1: Wind Variations in Central Florida and their Linkage to Near Coastal Dynamics
Department:
Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, arnoldo@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  none
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Faculty interview; email Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, arnoldo@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall Terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: We seek to answer the question: are summer winds off Cape Canaveral stronger at night than during the day?  If they are indeed stronger, why is that?

Project Title #2: Meteotsunamis in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Department:
Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, arnoldo@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  none
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week
Application Requirements: Faculty interview; email Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, arnoldo@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall Terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: We want to answer the question: what are the currents associated with meteotsunami events? Meteotsunamis are higher-than-normal ocean waves, with periods of approximately one-hour, produced by atmospheric fronts.

Project Title: Evaluation of Sodium Montmorillonite Clay Treated with Hydrolase Enzymes
Department:
Civil and Coastal Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Scott Wasman, scott.wasman@essie.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a 
Terms Available:
Fall, Spring
Student Level: Senior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Civil and Coastal Engineering Student
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF Unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email statement of interest, resume, and unofficial transcripts to Scott Wasman, scott.wasman@essie.ufl.edu
Application Deadline:
March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: Expansive soils, such as sodium montmorillonite, are common throughout much of the United States and often lead to damaged infrastructure. The expansion of clays can cause instability in foundations as soil settlement does not occur regularly. Current solutions to this problem are often expensive and some techniques are environmentally unfriendly. To combat the expansion of sodium montmorillonite, it is proposed that soils can be treated with hydrolase enzymes to reduce the amount of swelling.