Civil and Environmental Engineering Fellowships

The Civil & Environmental Engineering fellowships are merit-based awards for current graduate students that enable the recipient to focus on graduate study, and do not have to be repaid. These Fellowships differ from Graduate Assistantships, which carry an obligation to teach classes, to work on a research project, or to perform administrative tasks.

These fellowships have been given to the department as gifts by generous donors for the sole purpose of awarding students. In order to be considered for the below outlined fellowships:

  1. You should meet at least the basic requirements listed. Any preference listed below is not considered a requirement.
  2. Contact your advisor and inform him/her of your interest. Students must be nominated by faculty. Faculty advisors should email nomination letters to hstewar2@umd.edu
  3. DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:00pm

Bechtel Fellowship: $2,500

  • Full-time graduate students whose research is within the areas of Project Management or Structures within the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Selection based on academic merit and promise
  • Preference is given to those whom are from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia
2017-2018 Bechtel Fellowship Recipient: Heng Liu

A native of Wuhan, China, Heng's research focuses on automated structural damage detection and evaluation technqiues powered by artificial intelligence. The improved results of the approach have been verified through several independent structural damage detection cases, including ones using images, acoustic emission signals, and ultrasoinic Lamb waves to detect structural defects. 

Heng is advised by Professor Yunfeng Zhang

 

 

Harkins Fellowship: $3,500

  • Full-time graduate students whose research is within the areas of Project Management or Structures within the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Selection based on academic merit with consideration to financial need
2017-2018 Harkins Fellowship Recipient: Ashkan Keivan

Ashkan’s research involves rate-independent linear damping, a new causal approach which has a variety of applications from earthquake damage reduction to vehicle suspension. In the summer of 2015, he traveled to Japan to the site of a destructive 2012 earthquake to do tests with small-scale structures that used his approach.

Assistant Professor Brian Phillips serves as Ashkan's advisor. 

 

 

 

Zupnik Fellowship: $2,500

  • Full-time graduate students specializing in Project Management or Structures within the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Selection based on academic merit and promise
  • Preference is given to those whom are from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia
2017-2018 Zupnik Fellowship Recipient: Arshia Keivan

Arshia, a North Bethesda native, is working to improve the reduce structural damages and repair costs after earthquakes by developing new lateral resisting frames. He has also proposed a new performance evaluation for different self-centering eccentrically braced frames. His work has been applied to the design of two structures in the United States and a third in China. 

Arshia is advised by Professor Yunfeng Zhang

 

 

Khosa Fellowship: $3,500

  • Full-time M.S. students specializing in Structures within the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Selection based on financial need and merit
  • Preference given to those whom are graduates of the University of Jammu, State of Jammu & Kashmir, India
2017-2018 Khosa Fellowship Recipient: Jingzhe Wu

Jingzhe is interested in the transition from performance-based design to approaches that incorporate post-disaster loss and recovery considerations into the design of new structures and seismic control devices. Earlier in her Ph.D. career, she also developed a unique reusable bracing system to reduce the impact of earthquakes on structures. 

She is advised by Assistant Professor Brian Phillips

 

 

Morris Fellowship: $2,000

  • Full-time graduate students within the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Selection based on merit, interest in pursuing a career in civil engineering, service in the military or having a family member who has served in the military
2017-2018 Lieutenant General John W. Morris II Graduate Scholarship: Paul Magoulick

A veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, Magoulick joined CEE after an 18-year career as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer. His current research efforts center around improving infrastructure system performance and resilience, multi-hazard risk analysis, and climate change adaptation. 

Assistant Professor Allison Reilly servces as Paul's advisor. 

 

 

 

Witczak Fellowship: $2,000

  • Full-time graduate students incoming/admitted within the calendar year 2017 specializing in Geotechnical & Pavements within the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Initial award is for one (1) year. Award can be renewed for an additional two (2) years for M.S. degree or three (3) years for PhD, IF student is maintaining a high academic merit
  • Only one student can be awarded in a given year, regardless if it is a brand new awardee, or a renewal award for an outstanding student
2017-2018 Dr. Matthew W. Witczak Graduate Award: Zahra "Niosha" Afsharikia 

Niosha is developing a new methodology and specifications for road base and subgrade compaction quality assurance. Her results could save the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration roughly $50,000 a year in operating costs. 

Niosha is advised by Professor and Department Chair Charles Schwartz.  

 

 

2017-2018 Dr. Matthew W. Witczak Graduate Award: Sung Ryoo

Sung, a participant in CEE's combined B.S./M.S. program, is investigating the use of compost as a landfill cover. His research plan calls for the gradient ration testing of two soil layers: a protective layer of sand and gravel and compost.

Sung is advised by Professor Ahmet Aydilek