Ph.D. graduate assistant positions with full financial support are available (starting from Spring 2024/Fall 2024) in the School of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University. The admitted students are expected to work with Dr. Chengcheng Tao.
●Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management, or other closely related fields.
●Strong background in mathematics/mechanics, solid programming skills
●Students with publication records/research experience are preferred
●Strong oral and written communication skills and strong self-motivation
●Interests in one or more of the following areas:
1)Computational mechanics of materials (finite element analysis, multiscale modeling, computational fluid dynamics of non-Newtonian fluids)
2)Sustainable and resilient infrastructure to natural hazards
3)Artificial intelligence application in civil engineering (optimization/machine learning algorithms)
●Please email Dr. Chengcheng Tao at firstname.lastname@example.org the following documents:
●Curriculum Vitae (describe your education, research experience, significant skills, publication records if any, etc.)
●Cover letter (briefly describe your background and research interest)
●Scanned copy of official GRE and TOEFL scores, undergraduate and graduate transcripts
●Names and contact information of three references
Applications are open until positions are filled.
Dr. Chengcheng Tao (https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/profile/tao133) is an assistant professor in the School of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Tao worked as an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Dr. Tao’s research interests include rheological modeling for non-Newtonian fluids with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational mechanics of materials, sustainable construction materials and manufacturing, multi-objective optimization and machine learning application, and hazard-resilient Infrastructure. Dr. Tao led/co-led research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), Department of Energy (DOE) – National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Purdue Polytechnic Holistic Safety and Security (HSS) research impact area, Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), and Purdue Discovery Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Internship (DUIRI) program.
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