Graduate Students Profiles
As a graduate student at Princeton, I have both the freedom to pursue my own research interests and the support of faculty that are among the best in the world.
I am studying nitrogen cycling in stormwater detention ponds and the potential use of these infrastructure in reducing stormwater nitrogen loads in urban areas.
My undergraduate education was in physics, but after taking several years off after graduation I realized that Civil Engineering more fully matched my interests. As I started researching graduate programs, I came across Prof. David Billington’s book The Tower and the Bridge -- a text that focuses on structural art and the special opportunities that engineers have to design structures that are efficient, economic, and elegant.
Princeton has been a great place to pursue my graduate studies. I feel that my decision to join the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Princeton is constantly rewarded by the many diverse academic opportunities offered to graduate students on campus. For example, I have had the opportunity to study the policy implications of my research as a Science Technology and Environmental Policy fellow through the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. This is a certificate program for engineers and scientists aimed at exposing them to the policy implications associated with their research.
I came to Princeton because I was attracted by the CEE department’s practice of studying and teaching the aesthetics of structures and exploring the design processes of individual structural designers. In my studies so far, I have been given the freedom to explore the areas of structural engineering which I am most interested in or least experienced with, and the small size of the department means that it is always easy to meet with the professors.