For six weeks, the two high-school seniors were placed with Carlos Cruz Noguez, a seismic/earthquake engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, participating in the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) summer research program.
“My students are the ones leading the lives of scientists,” said Cruz Noguez. “In our field, if we are manufacturing blocks in the lab, they are getting dirty making concrete blocks. But they also get to work with computer models and state-of-the-art imaging software. Even though its construction, there is also quite a bit of science to it.”
In the end, Elizabeth and Laura did end up liking their projects—and their time with the Faculty of Engineering—very much.
Cruz Noguez said: “I wanted them to have the full experience of being part of a research project and present and become budding researchers and scientists.”
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