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Professor Thrall awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to study Transitional Bridging

Meenu Garg • DATE: February 24, 2014

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Following natural and anthropogenic hazards, rapidly deployable bridges are critical to restoring vital transportation arteries.  The need for a rapid response is evident after events such as Hurricane Katrina, but the long recovery times following the 2010 Chile earthquake and tsunami demonstrate the urgent need for bridging solutions that can provide an immediate response but also serve as permanent infrastructure.  Towards this end, the research objective of this Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award is to build a theoretical framework for transitional bridging - bridges that can be rapidly deployed for immediate disaster relief and can be transformed in-situ for higher load capacity to support long-term, sustainable development. Integrated with this research objective, educational goals include (1) training the next generation of researchers and designers in bridge engineering and deployable structures and (2) increasing the participation and retention of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

 Link to NSF abstract:  http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1351272&HistoricalAwards=false