Every year several good students from Universities in the U.S. and
abroad apply to Purdue University for admission into the graduate
program in Structural Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering.
We process 100s of applications from outstanding students.
My research group focuses the behavior, analysis, and design of
steel-concrete composite structures under earthquake, fire, or
multi-hazard loading. We conduct experimental and analytical
research on the behavior of structural components, assemblies, and
systems, but our forte is experimental work.
Experimental work can be very gruelling and demanding. Knowledge is
required of (a) structural setups, construction, fabrication, erection
(b) electronic sensors, calibration, and data acquisition, (c) heat
transfer analysis and close range photogrammetry, and (d) hydraulic
setups along with control.
I work with a maximum of five to six Ph.D. students at a time. When my
quota is full, I do not take additional students. This helps me focus
on my current students, and help them achieve their goals and graduate
If you email me, and dont hear back - it does not mean anything. Please
apply to the Purdue School of Civil Engineering. If your record is good
and compatible with my research group, and if I have availability in my
research group - you will hear from me eventually. Otherwise, I wish
you all the best. Please continue your search for places and research
that will work for you. Remember that the most important thing is
compatibility of research interests, philosophy, and capabilities.