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NSF Graduate Research Fellowships won by Current and Former Students

Meenu Garg • DATE: April 1, 2013

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Current PhD student Victoria Tomiczek and former undergraduate student Francisco Zarama (now at Stanford) both won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships  in the most recent competition http://www.nsfgrfp.org/. These highly competitive and prestigious three-year fellowships provide funding for graduate study in all NSF-supported fields, and have been the start for many prominent men and women in science and engineering.

 Victoria (Tori) Tomiczek is a PhD student working on Hurricane storm damage processes under the direction of Andrew Kennedy. She obtained her BSc from the University of Florida in 2011 before coming to Notre Dame. Since arriving here, Tori has surveyed damage from Hurricane Sandy, and analyzed damage patterns from past storms. Her continuing and future work will link hydrodynamic and damage processes in major storms, and will result in improved fragility models to aid in engineering design and planning.

 Francisco (Franco) Zarama was a 2011 BSc graduate in Civil Engineering (Environmental Concentration) before moving to Stanford to pursue his PhD under the direction of Professor Jefrey Koseff. Franco will work on the development of turbulence by seagrass, with applications towards ecosystem restoration.