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2008 REU in Sustainable Technologies for Infrastructure and the Environment

Primary Institution: University of Oklahoma
City: Norman
State: OK
Job Duration: June 2 - July 25, 2008 (8 weeks)
Class Requirement: Graduation Date must be December 2008 or later to be eligible for the OU CEES REU Program.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Other Engineering
Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Architectural Engineering
Description: Infrastructure Design and Management

Students will gain research skills in a variety of topics related to sustainable infrastructure. Current projects focus on three main areas: 1) earthquake-resistant structural designs in the developing regions by creating simple and cost-effective measures to improve building techniques, 2) investigating material properties, testing methods, interactions with other construction materials, analysis and design protocols, and applications of geosynthetics to infrastructure and environmental systems, and 3) investigating low-cost technologies for the treatment of surface and groundwater for both developed and developing regions.

Hazard Mitigation

Designing effective mitigation strategies for natural and man-made hazards requires a thorough understanding of the underlying processes and the inclusion of them in sophisticated models. Current projects focus on two main areas: 1) surface water modeling, as applied to flood forecasting (inland and coastal) and 2) creation of a disaster resilient society that benefits from critical information and advanced detection of natural hazards, e.g., flooding and drought.

Environmental Restoration and Ecological Engineering

We are working on several novel remediation and restoration technologies that focus on the development of environmentally sustainable processes. Many are based on passive waste treatment mechanisms or the incorporation of recycled waste products into construction materials or for use as treatment media. Current projects focus on three main areas: 1) developing passive treatment systems (e.g., ecologically engineered treatment wetlands) to improve water quality, 2) incorporating recycled materials finished products and 3). developing environmentally friendly products and processes by replacing organic solvents with surfactant-based aqueous systems.
Stipend: $3,400
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 04/01/2008
For your application to be considered, you must submit all items specified in the application form (essay, resume, recommendation letters, transcript). Screening will begin March 2, 2008
Job Website: http://www.cees.ou.edu/ugrad/reu/index.html

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Dr. Amy Cerato
202 W. Boyd Street
Room 334
Norman, OK 73019
Email: acerato@ou.edu
Phone: 405-325-5625
Fax: 405-325-4217
Secondary Contact: Keith Strevett
202 W. Boyd Street
Room 334
Norman, OK 73019
Email: strevett@ou.edu
Phone: 405-325-5911
Fax: 405-325-4217