Suspension Bridge Resiliency Research in the Carleton Laboratory for BS/MS Students

Description: Summer research and testing internship at the Carleton Laboratory. The laboratory focuses on research and testing on construction materials, structures, and investigation of aging infrastructure. Current active projects include: • Full parametric study of novel building materials, including the testing of new building materials’ resistance to environmental factors such as temperature, chemical corrosion, fatigue, and solar radiation. • Investigation of suspension bridge cable health by mechanical testing, fatigue testing, fractographic analysis, and chemical analysis. This study is state-of-the-art, using modern testing techniques to evaluate the condition and safety of real suspension bridges. • Testing and certification of new construction materials destined for large-scale building projects in the New York metropolitan area as well as abroad. Start and end dates are flexible and can be coordinated with vacation times.

Lab: Carleton Laboratory

Direct Supervisor: Adrian Brügger, William Hunnicutt

Position Dates: 5/27/2019 - 8/31/2019

Hours per Week: 35 (Flexible)

Paid Position: Yes, $16/hr

Credit: No

Positions Available: 5 Undergraduates, 2 Master's

Qualifications

Undergraduates

Mechanics, aptitude for practical tasks, ability to tackle problems independently 

Master's

Must display aptitude for practical tasks, strong leadership and task management skills, personal initiative, detail-oriented.

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's; SEAS only

William Hunnicutt, hunnicutt@civil.columbia.edu