REU Site @ UC San Diego

Designing for Safety and Safety by Design

A Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at UC San Diego, Department of Structural Engineering (grant no. NSF-EEC 1757994)

Faculty Mentors

  • Prof. Ken Loh (PI) - Director of REU Summer Program
  • Prof. Michael Todd (Co-PI) - Associate Director of REU Summer Program
  • Prof. Alicia Kim
  • Prof. Francesco Lanza di Scalea
  • Prof. Hyonny Kim
  • Prof. J. S. Chen


The overarching goal of this NSF 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 REU Site will recruit and train 12 diverse U.S. scholars for eight weeks each summer, recruited from across the nation with emphasis on broadening the participation of underrepresented minority, women, and economically-disadvantaged students, to conduct research alongside six professors and their graduate students. Download the flyer today!

Fig. 1: REU Summer Program research topics and main concept


  • Limited to U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents
  • Enrolled as a student during time of application
    • Students transferring institutions (e.g., from two-year to four-year institutions) are also eligible
  • Completed at least one-year of their undergraduate studies
  • Declared majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines
    • For exceptions and waivers, please contact the Director of the 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 transcript
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Two letters of recommendation
  • Women, underrepresented, economically-disadvantaged, and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply

Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2019. To help you prepare your application, you can download the list of questions before formally submitting your application.

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