Henry Samueli Endowed Fellowship

One of the premier awards offered to incoming or continuing graduate students in the school. This award is funded by Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, after whom the school is named. The award is open to terminal Ph.D. students showing exceptional promise of technical and scholarly work in civil and environmental engineering. The number of awards and amounts varies each year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a continuing Ph.D. student in the Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering programs.

A call for applications will be sent by the Graduate Coordinator to continuing Ph.D. students during the year the fellowship funding is available.

2017/18 Awardees

Susana Anacleto-Lupianez is working with Prof. Anne Lemnitzer to investigate the seismic performance of reinforced concrete moment-resisting frame beams with large rectangular web openings. Her main focus is to develop experimentally validated simulation models that are able to predict the highly nonlinear response of this special members when tested under cyclic load reversals up to complete structural failure.

PI: Professor Farzin Zareian

Felicia Chiang’s research goals are focused on understanding the effects of anthropogenic climate change on hydrologic and climate variables. Her primary research interests are quantifying concurrent changes in hydrologic and temperature conditions and deconstructing these changes through the use of climate model simulations.

PI: Professor Amir AghaKouchak  

Emily Parker's research is focused on green infrastructure for urban runoff management and stormwater harvesting in southern California. She is currently working to understand and model how biofilter design influences stormwater contaminant removal.

PI: Stanley Grant

Emma Reid: The impacts of rising sea surface temperatures may lead to the collapse of global reef ecosystems, however, the effects of climate change on corals are not uniform. Although it is not fully understood what makes certain reefs more resilient to coral bleaching than others, emerging evidence suggests that reefs living in areas with naturally variable thermal environments may have higher temperature tolerance, even across an individual reef. The goal of my research is to quantify environmental gradients using high resolution spatiotemporal measurements, and determine the processes that drive variability on coral reefs.

PI: Kristen Davis

2016/17 Awardees

Matthew Brand: Codevelopment of modeling tools to manage sediment for sustainable and resilient coastal lowland habitat in Southern California

PI: Brett Sanders

Trevor Jones: Mineral precipitation in fractures: The role of local heterogeneity on fracture-scale reactive transport processes

PI: Russ Detwiler

Lohrasb Keykhosropour is working with Professor Lemnitzer on investigation of kinematic soil-structure interaction (SSI) and distribution of lateral seismic soil pressures for flexible deep underground structures in urban settings through experimental and numerical simulations.

PI: Anne Lemnitzer

Alexandre Martinez: Alex works on Water-Energy-Food Nexus in California. The overarching goal of his work is to understand how climate extremes (e.g., droughts) affect the interactions between water, food and energy sectors

PI: Amir Aghakouchak

Ricardo Medina: Experimental investigation of multi-component proppant suspensions flowing and settling inside transparent fractures

PI: Russ Detwiler