SEI Member Profile: Livia Costa Mello
Congratulations to Livia Costa Mello on being one of the 2020 O.H. Ammann Fellowship Recipients!
Livia Mello is currently a graduate research assistant at the University of Houston (UH). She is a Civil Engineering doctoral student working under the supervision of Professors Roberto Ballarini and Jia‐Liang Le. Her doctoral research is in developing a novel computational model applicable to the analysis of time‐dependent progressive collapse in reinforced concrete buildings. She earned her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil, and her master's degree in Civil Engineering from UH. She is a student member of ASCE/SEI and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), having held officer positions at the SWEUH Section. Most recently, Ms. Mello is working as a Summer intern at Structural Integrity Associates, in their Critical Structures and Facilities (CSF) business unit. The CSF group performs advanced finite element analysis, structural analysis, structural design, and evaluations of critical infrastructure, including nuclear power plants, defense installations, dams, and bridges.
I am honored and beyond thankful for being one of the O.H. Ammann Fellowship recipients. This award already has and will continue to have a major impact on my career as a structural engineer. My leading professional goal is to advocate and be an active participant in building a stronger relationship between industry and academia. Awards and fellowships like this highlight the importance of investing in education and supporting research developments as an effective way to advance the structural engineering profession."
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