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Allison Halpern
Allison Halpern

Room: E329 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-8439

Webpage: Structural Form Finding Lab

Research Areas

  • Mechanics, Materials & Structures

Research Interests

I am a PhD graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. I started the Materials, Mechanics, and Structures PhD program at Princeton in the summer of 2010 and began working with Professor Adriaenssens, my PhD research advisor. Prior to starting this PhD program, I received a BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Architectural Studies from Tufts University in 2008. After graduating from Tufts, I entered the MSE program in Civil Engineering at Princeton University and worked with Professor Billington in researching the numerous bridges and design philosophy of French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux. My current research with Professor Adriaenssens focuses on finding ways to incorporate sustainability into form-finding techniques, with specific applications to bridge design. Sustainable practices are widely integrated into building design, through the use of rating systems and building information modeling (BIM) software, but the topic of sustainability has seen limited application in bridge design. As a result, I am currently exploring methods of applying sustainable BIM software to bridge design, with a specific concentration on enclosed pedestrian bridges.

Updated: September 29, 2011