Kristoffer Nicolaisen

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?
My specific area of research is in the field of structural engineering, under the supervision of Professor Gerard Pardoen in the Structural Engineering Test Hall.
2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

I transferred to UC Irvine in the Winter of 2000, and I began doing research for Dr. Pardoen in February. My involvement in the Structures Lab began when Dr. Pardoen simply asked whether or not I would like a job working in the Lab. I accepted enthusiastically and began working soon after.

3. How has research enhanced you education?

My experiences as a research assistant have helped with my understanding of the engineering world in a variety of ways. The practical knowledge I have acquired in the lab has helped me to better understand the material in my civil engineering courses.

4. What has been you favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

To be completely honest, every day is a new and exciting experience. I come from a construction background and building structures is in my blood. I have the opportunity to work in an environment that not only uses the skills that I have acquired growing up, but also allows me to expand on what I already knew.

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

In the near future I hope to attend graduate school here at UC Irvine and pursue a Masters in structural engineering. After I graduate, my goal is to work in the industry until I acquire my Professional Engineering License. With this license I plan to expand my father’s construction company into a Design Build firm.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

One major piece of advice I would give anyone interested in pursuing research is to find work that you really enjoy. Research work isn't easy, but if you enjoy performing the tasks involved or even on rare occasions love your job, like I do, it makes it much more worthwhile and fulfilling.

Past Researchers of the Month

Dec. '00 Chris Gothard
Nov. '00 Kristoffer Nicolaisen
Oct. '00 Bryan Sommerse
Sep. '00 Ryan Stafford
Aug. '00 Carol Chao
Jul. '00 Gopi Manthrapagada
Jun. '00 Heather Smith
May '00 Pany Tehrani
Apr. '00 Kirsten Cappel
Mar. '00 Shelly Brown-Riddle
Feb. '00 Nader Nassif
Jan. '00 Rebecca Kanter
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