I first started doing research with Dr. Pardoen at the structural
engineering test hall three years ago. Towards the end of my freshmen
year I had an appointment in the late afternoon with my academic
counselor to go over my classes for the following year. Because
I had some time to burn, I decided I take a look at the structural
engineering test hall. Bob Kazanjy, the staff member in charge of
the lab, gave me a generous tour of the lab. During the course of
this tour we talked about the role undergraduates play in the construction
and research. After talking for about an hour he offered me a job.
I worked and did research at the structural engineering test hall
for about two and a half years. I stopped working at the lab this
summer so that I could take the position with Dr. Regan and her
team. Once I had started doing research I was hooked. I have enjoyed
the challenging work and the excitement of seeing projects go from
concept to reality.