Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 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.

2019/20 Awardees

Jawad Fayaz is working under Dr. Farzin Zareian on challenging topics of Performance-Based Structural and Earthquake Engineering, Ground Motion Analysis and Seismic Design of Bridge and Building structures. His research studies broadly have two-fold goals that include: i) improving the design and analysis methodologies of Bridge and Building structures, and ii) prediction of the characteristics of seismic ground motions. His research work mainly involves Reliability Analysis and Time-Series Analysis using Statistical Methods and Machine Learning and Deep Learning techniques. He is determined to implement the earned skills and knowledge for rapid mitigation of hazards posed by earthquakes.

PI: Farzin Zareian

Irene Martinez Josemaria’s research interests are focused on modeling and mitigation of traffic congestion in the era of autonomous, connected, and shared mobility. Traffic congestion is a major issue at individual bottlenecks and at the network level in many metropolitan areas. Research topics related to individual bottleneck include modeling of the impacts of variable speed limits and connected and autonomous vehicles on capacity drop and development of control strategies to prevent, delay, and eliminate the capacity drop phenomenon. Topics related to network level congestion include empirical analysis of trip length distribution, development of a probabilistic agent-based model of network trip flows, optimization of the fleet size of taxis and other mobility service vehicles, and design of congestion pricing.

PI: Wenlong Jin

2018/19 Awardees

Antonios Mamalakis is working with Distinguished Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou on enhancing physical understanding of large-scale climate variability and teleconnections, and of their regional hydroclimatic impacts. In his research, he also utilizes Bayesian statistics and machine learning techniques to improve regional precipitation and temperature forecast skill at seasonal to inter-annual scales in a changing climate.

PI: Efi Foufoula-Georgiou

Ali Morshedifard: Concrete is one of the main materials utilized in civil engineering construction in the modern age (annual production of roughly 20 billion tons). Moreover, its time-dependent behavior has a significant impact on the design of various structures such as dams and bridges. Since I joined the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Irvine, my research has been focused on breaking time and length scale barriers in modeling of cementitious materials with the ultimate goal of a deep understanding of the aging mechanisms involved. We hope that our findings can pave the way to a more environmentally friendly concrete which is a critical challenge of our time.

PI: Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini Qomi

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: Anne Lemnitzer

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: 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