Project: Research project

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REU Supplement CAREER: Linking Pore Structure, Performance, and Material Design of a Sustainable Macroporous Concrete for Multifunctional Applications (CMMI 1129369) Justification Undergraduate student chosen to work in this project One undergraduate student in the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment at Arizona State University (ASU) (Quyen Banh) is chosen for this project during the summer months of 2013. This student has been working with the PI during Spring of 2013, understanding cement-based materials research methodologies and collaborating with graduate students in several tasks. Quyen was admitted to ASU in 2010 as a President Obama Scholar, which is meant to provide access and opportunity for undergraduate education to Arizona residents who have shown promise to be worthy of the scholarship. Form and nature of the students involvement in this research project The undergraduate student chosen for this project is expected to carry out independent research on a major portion of the proposed project. The student will also collaborate with two other graduate students working in related areas. Regular meetings with the PI individually, and along with the other graduate students will be scheduled. The REU student will also be required to present the work during the weekly group meetings that involve six graduate students. Quyen Banh will be expected to present in the Symposium of Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) that is organized at ASU. The PI anticipates that Quyen will be able to contribute to the project and his own academic and intellectual development through this summer project. PIs other experiences with undergraduate students The PI has been very active in promoting undergraduate research and mentoring undergraduate students at Clarkson University and at ASU. Altogether, in the past eight years, the PI had a total of 25 undergraduate students working with him during the summer and/or academic months. The PI always had undergraduate students working with a team of graduate students. The PI has successfully recruited undergraduate students to the graduate program or motivated them to continue graduate school at other places. These students have won several awards during their program (Jarrod Persun, who was the recipient of the 2009 ASTM Katherine and Bryant Mather Fellowship, and ACI fellowship) and have gone on to prestigious institutions for their doctoral programs (Alicia Shelvay, who worked with the PI between 2008-2011 is a first generation college student and a graduate student at MIT now). The PI had successfully mentored women and minority students during their undergraduate research program (Alicia Shelvay, Rachel Redden, who was a NSF GFRP recipient in 2009, Kathleen Low who is applying for a doctoral program at Stanford now, Hieu Cam, who now works with NY Department of Public Affairs, as a few examples). A list of papers that have resulted from previous undergraduate research work is listed below (undergraduate student names in italics) 1. Somaratna, J., Ravikumar, D., and Neithalath, N., (2010). Response of alkali activated fly ash mortars to microwave curing, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 40, No. 12, pp. 1688-1696. 2. Neithalath, N., Persun, J.D., and Hossain, A., (2009). Hydration in high performance cementitious systems containing vitreous calcium aluminosilicate and silica fume, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 39, 2009, pp. 473-481. 2
Effective start/end date1/1/117/31/14


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $320,482.00

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