|Home Address||262 Old Cedarfield Dr|
Blacksburg, VA 24060
|Street Address||262 Old Cedarfield Dr|
|Address Line 2||Blacksburg|
|ZIP / Postal Code||24060|
|State / Province||VA|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||Virginia Tech|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||Bachelor of Science, Virginia Tech, 2017, Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Adviser Name||Maryam Shakiba|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||Patton Hall, 750 Drillfield Dr|
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
|Street Address||Patton Hall, 750 Drillfield Dr|
|Address Line 2||#102-C|
|ZIP / Postal Code||24060|
|State / Province||Virginia|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
My interest in asphalt technology began when I was granted acceptance into Dr. Maryam Shakiba’s research group to study the impact of the voids structure on the coupled moisture-mechanical response of asphalt concrete. Our work focuses on studying the behavior of asphalt concrete mixtures when subjected to extreme coupled mechanical and environmental loading conditions such as moisture diffusion, pore water pressure, and freeze-thaw cycles, while considering the interdependence between the material’s composition, micro-structure and its overall performance.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
My work experience relative to the highway industry has been mainly academic. Having had the privilege to hold a graduate research assistantship position, I strove to benefit from the very inspiring and research-rich entourage which my adviser had so carefully designed to attempt at answering research questions leading to innovative designs in the field of highway engineering.
My work as a graduate research assistant resulted in three major publications: a conference presentation titled “Effects of Porosity Characteristics on the Coupled Moisture-Mechanical Response of Asphalt Concrete”, presented at the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) conference at MIT in June 2018, a conference paper titled “Voids structures Effects on the Mechanical Response of Asphalt Concrete" which I presented at the 98th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., and a journal paper titled “Impact of voids morphology on the mechanical response of asphalt concrete" in Road Materials and Pavement Design.
|List your academic awards and honors|
Full Graduate Assistantship by the Graduate School at Virginia Tech -- Fall 2017-Present.
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
Ever since I was a child, my life has always been a journey towards excellence. Dating back to as early as my elementary school years, I have always striven to carve my place among the brightest in class, including the time I was placed in a class that gathered fifth grade’s most gifted students. During this time, I acquired a love for mathematics, a field rich of infinitely many objects we call numbers, objects carrying the history of an astonishing fourteen-billion-year-old universe. I believed that I did not want to be just another student, but an extraordinary student. A belief that had been accentuated when I was granted acceptance into the highly competitive two-year curriculum les Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes écoles upon completion of my Baccalauréat in Sciences Mathématiques in Casablanca, Morocco.
Perhaps the single most influential hobby that I find myself always fascinated by is Mathematics. Mathematics, alongside physics, help to answer some of the fundamental questions of our world, such as how do things work, how do materials behave, and what are the governing equations underlying such behaviors? Curious, I have always been interested in exploring how we could mathematically describe and make sense of what the eye perceives. In fact, this was my motivation behind joining the Structural Engineering and Materials graduate program of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Virginia Tech. I was particularly interested in Solid Mechanics, a field which seemed to have the potential outcome of fulfilling my need for mathematical rigor and my interest in the mechanics underlying the behavior of solids and structures. Subsequently, I applied for a research position with Dr. Maryam Shakiba and was granted acceptance into her research group in the SEM program.
|List your school activities|
Beginning in my undergraduate years, I took the initiative to found the global non-profit "Enactus" entrepreneurship club at VT. There, I worked with a team of young entrepreneurs to helps persons in disadvantaged situations acquire fund-raising skills and to become financially self-sufficient, thus enabling an independent approach towards human progress. Additionally, during my graduate program, I was privileged to serve as the CEE delegate to the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) at VT. The GSA is a governance organization that provides representation and voice for all graduate students in university governance and administration and provides support and ample funding opportunities to all graduate students for their academic pursuits. There, I was responsible for elucidating concerns and issues from our constituent graduate students to the GSA, participate in discussions of issues during GSA General Assembly Meetings, and inform our constituent graduate students of relevant policies and issues at hand, as well as relevant events and funding opportunities. The wide range of responsibilities I had the opportunity to be exposed to while being leader in both positions had a significant impact on me. Being the CEE delegate to the GSA, for example, not only gave me the opportunity to address some of the issues that graduate students face such as isolation, mental discomfort, or academic despondency, but it also allowed me to understand that such social barriers can be effectively overcome if all constituents come together under an all-embracing and inclusive environment.