The bad and the ugly

In this session of “preparing future professoriate” course, we were asked to look into some case reports of the office of research integrity (ORI), to get to know about “the ugly” in academia. Being academic, we expect everyone to hold high moral and ethical standards, particularly because a big portion of what we do is to advance and educate. Unfortunately, it is not always the case, as seen in on ORI website ( I looked at Dr.Deepti Malhotra case, where she engaged in research misconduct at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of public health. Allegedly, she falsified and fabricated data and … Continue reading The bad and the ugly

Everyone is welcomed here!

Looking at the current political and societal climate in the US, it is more important that ever, to make sure everyone knows that they are welcomed in a classroom. This sounds as a common sense: while certain public figures and media outlets do not hesitate to divide us more and more everyday; to create a state of insecurity about certain groups of people, and to push their agenda, we have a responsibility to be more pro-active when it comes to the inclusion. However, the first step is to acknowledge hidden bias and privilege. If you have never “walked in their … Continue reading Everyone is welcomed here!

A look inside universities' personality

During a recent lecture on graduate course on professoriate preparation, we are asked to look at mission statement of two higher education institutes. Being an alumni of the University of Akron (UA), a public school in Ohio, naturally I looked at my alma mater ‘s mission statement as the first one: “The University of Akron, a publicly assisted metropolitan institution, strives to develop enlightened members of society. It offers comprehensive programs of instruction from associate through doctoral levels; pursues a vigorous agenda of research in the arts, sciences, and professions; and provides service to the community. The university pursues excellence … Continue reading A look inside universities' personality

Summer REU recap or How we nailed it!

It has been a while since my last blog post, and I wanted to write about the amazing REU stuff which happened this summer. I was blessed to be able to work with five exceptional undergraduate students from different universities in the US [I was going to call them young talents, but then I’m not that old to call others young] and faculty members of Virginia Tech as part of “the resilient and sustainable buildings” initiative.  In a course of 8-week period, we worked on two main thrusts of performance-based assessment seismic assessment data collection and sustainability evaluation for mid-rise … Continue reading Summer REU recap or How we nailed it!

Exponent Info Session: From Murrah building to Galaxy note 7

What Murrah building has in common with a galaxy note 7? One can say they both failed to perform as expected . The same person can also point out they both need engineers to figure out what went wrong. On February 28th, SEI graduate chapter of Virginia tech invited Dr. Osteraas, group vice president of Exponent Inc., and Andrew Hardyniec (VT Alumni working at Exponent) to talk about structural failure and how Exponent helps to “unravel the mystery”. The presentations were quite amusing and fun to listen to. Two interesting takeaways: Murray progressive collapse was due to the extra upward … Continue reading Exponent Info Session: From Murrah building to Galaxy note 7

REU opportunity at VT

“Resilient and sustainable building (RSB)” is a collaborative NSF-funded research project at VT to develop a comprehensive framework for the early design of mid-rise office buildings. The main goal of this project is to optimize office buildings performance in terms of economic constraints and environmental impacts. This summer, RSB is offering 4 paid undergraduate research positions to help with two ongoing thrusts of the project: structural analysis under natural hazards and environmental life cycle assessment. The anticipated duration of REU is 8 weeks and the interested applicants should be US citizen or permanent residents and enrolled in a US undergraduate … Continue reading REU opportunity at VT

A summary of SimCenter Workshop

Here is my take on what happened in SimCenter Bootcamp: Day 1: Peter (who is Peter?) showed how to use Unix, virtual machine, and Github to access files of the workshop and work with our own codes. In the afternoon, Frank (Okay, who is this one now?) gave us a short introduction to C programming. Day 2: Frank demonstrated some codes for parallelization of C codes using OpenMP and MPI.  Day 3: More on C programming; abstraction, clauses and a bit of structure and object-oriented programing in C++ Day 4: Peter showed us how to make a clean app interface … Continue reading A summary of SimCenter Workshop