Purdue University’s Department of Construction Management seeks full-time PhD students

Scholarship: Fully funded
Degree: B.S./M.S.
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Spring 2024/Fall 2024

Scholarship Description:

Dr Chengcheng Tao (https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/profile/tao133) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Purdue, Dr Tao worked as an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Dr. Tao’s research interests include rheological modelling of non-Newtonian fluids with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational mechanics of materials, sustainable building materials and manufacturing, multi-objective optimization and application of machine learning, and hazard-resilient infrastructure. Dr Tao has led or co-led research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), Department of Energy (DOE) – National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Purdue Polytechnic Holistic Safety and Security (HSS) research impact area, Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), and Purdue Discovery Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Internship (DUIRI) program.

Purdue University is a public land-grant research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the flagship campus of the Purdue University System. The university was founded in 1869. Purdue University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified as “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity”. Purdue faculty, students, alumni and other affiliates have achieved many notable and influential positions in business, media, politics and academia. In 2022, Purdue University is ranked 4th (tie) in the Best Engineering Schools. Schools are ranked according to their performance on a range of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

 Available Subjects:

  •  Civil/Infrastructure

Eligibility criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management or other closely related fields.
  • Strong background in mathematics/mechanics, solid programming skills
  • Students with publication record / research experience preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and self-motivation

Interest in one or more of the following areas

  • 1)Computational mechanics of materials (finite element analysis, multi-scale modelling, computational fluid dynamics of non-Newtonian fluids)
  • 2)Sustainable and resilient infrastructure against natural hazards
  • 3)Application of Artificial Intelligence in Civil Engineering (optimisation/machine learning algorithms)

Application Procedure:

Please email Dr. Chengcheng Tao at [email protected] the following documents:

  • ·Curriculum Vitae (describe your education, research experience, significant skills, publication records if any, etc.)
  • ·Cover letter (briefly describe your background and research interest)
  • ·Scanned copy of official GRE and TOEFL scores, undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • ·Names and contact information of three referencesApplications are open until positions are filled.