Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER) Summer Research Program
Designing for Safety and Safety by Design
Designing for Safety and Safety by Design
A CEER Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, Center for Extreme Events Research
The 2021 CEER REU Summer Program at UC San Diego will be held as a virtual/remote program due to the COVID-19 panedmic and campus regulations.
The overarching goal of this CEER REU Summer Program is to immerse students in a meaningful and highly interdisciplinary research environment within the structural engineering domain and to teach them that design does not end with construction. Instead, designing for safety embodies: quantifying potential load conditions, damage mechanics, and uncertainties; monitoring for anomalies during operations; processing this information through cyber-modeling via digital surrogates; and translating the information to actionable knowledge for improving current and future system designs. This is a self-funded summer research program and is open to all domestic and international undergraduate students interested in conducting multidisciplinary and cutting-edge for eight weeks at UC San Diego. More information about the Center for Extreme Events Research can be found here.
2021 REU Summer Program Information
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Accptance Notification: May 1, 2021
Program Dates: June 20, 2021 to August 14, 2021
Duration: 8 Weeks
Costs: $5,000 (due May 15 upon acceptance and includes registration and research supplies)
2021 CEER REU Summer Program Overview
CEER REU student scholars will work in pairs and be assigned - based on their interests – to work with a faculty mentor and graduate student in Structural Engineering. Students will conduct independent research while collaborating with and learning from other undergraduate and graduate students in an integrated group setting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer program will be conducted virtually. Students will be exposed to a unique experience that includes:
Conduct cutting edge simulation- and/or analytical-based research related to Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Work closely with faculty mentors and graduate students via live virtual sessions through Zoom
Conduct independent study, training, and research at one's own pace and schedule
Network with other CEER REU participants, graduate students, and faculty mentors
Participate in virtual cohort activities, including a end-of-summer virtual workshop/session
Download the 2021 CEER REU flyer here.
Sample Research Topics
Cyber-modeling and digital surrogates
Risk and damage assessment
Signal processing and analysis
Structural design and optimization
Structural health monitoring
Student Enrichment Activities
Research and laboratory training
Research facility tours
Graduate school preparation
Science & Society seminars
Social activities with other undergrads
Faculty and graduate student lunches
Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
Caption: Structural Engineering Powell Labs
Prof. Ken Loh - Director of CEER REU Summer Program
Prof. J. S. Chen - Associate Director of CEER REU Summer Program
Completed at least one-year of their undergraduate studies (by Program start date)
Declared majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines
For exceptions and waivers, please contact the Director of the CEER REU Site, Prof. Ken Loh
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Preference will be given to students with GPA greater than 3.3
Completed online application and supplemental documents, including:
PDF copy of official or unofficial transcript
Resume or curriculum vitae
Women, underrepresented, economically-disadvantaged, and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply
Applications for the CEER REU Summer 2021 Program are due on April 1, 2021. To help you prepare your application, you can download the list of questions before formally submitting your application. Applications will still be accepted after the deadline, but priority will be given to those applications submitted before April 1. Applications are open as of November 1, 2020.
We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its development in the United States. Our goal is to hold the summer program in-person, but its implementation will depend on the State of California and Campus policies. As a result, student selection notifications will be delayed to early May. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Note: You may need to sign into Google (Gmail) in order to complete the online application.
About UC San Diego Structural Engineering
Students scholars in the 2021 CEER REU Program at UC San Diego will conduct research in and be housed in the Department of Structural Engineering. The Department, and its faculty and students, conduct cutting edge research in aerospace, biological, civil, geotechnical, mechanical, and naval/marine structures by integrating engineering mechanics theories, computational modeling simulations, experimental testing, and practical design concepts. In addition, the Department is home to the world-class Charles Lee Powell Laboratories, the Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device, and the Englekirk Engineering Center. Through these facilities, students and visitors have access to some of the most innovative and productive research infrastructure in the world.
Captions: UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering quad adjacent to Structural Engineering