where am I now?

It's been a few months since I last posted (although it feels like we've lived a few years since March). And a lot has happened since then. Personally, I defended my thesis, completed my PhD, and moved out of Colorado and back to North Carolina. I've gotten to spend a lot of time with my … Continue reading where am I now?

2020 – the year of disaster?

I'm writing this on March 25, 2020, and, if you're anything like me, you're probably wondering -- how is it possibly still March? This month has felt like a year as COVID-19 has turned life completely upside down. At least in the US -- in other parts of the world, society has been on pause … Continue reading 2020 – the year of disaster?

do you need some coconut lumber?

During the reconstruction following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, many houses were built with coconut lumber – a material whose physical properties are not well known and understood in the structural engineering community. As part of my research includes creating structural models of the types of houses built following Haiyan, understanding how coconut lumber behaves … Continue reading do you need some coconut lumber?