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Get Involved Early - Fellowship, Student & Young Professional Scholarships

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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I have benefited a lot from my involvement with SEI, and encourage students and young professionals to get involved early in their career to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them.

Receiving the O. H. Ammann Fellowship has been a great honor for me. With the fellowship funding, I have been able to attend Structures Congress to present my research and receive constructive feedback. I also learn from the wide range of topics at the conference and enjoy networking with people with different background and experience. 

The SEI Student Career Networking Event at Structures is a great opportunity to make connections for positions and internships. ASCE Collaborate is also a good forum to exchange ideas and seek advice on technical issues, and I can often find topics that are intriguing or relevant to my research. As a student, I also appreciate the free membership and discounted registration fees at conferences.

SEI Graduate Student Chapters give students the opportunity to gain professional experience. During the past few years at the Grad Student Chapter at Northeastern University, I have visited a braced steel building with composite floor systems under construction, a steel fabricator, a BIM company, etc. We also organize seminars and hear from top-notch engineers about their design philosophy. I gain a lot of opportunities to connect with and learn from many researchers and practitioners, and managing the student group also helps me build leadership skills.

I plan to continue with SEI into the future with local groups, continuing education, seeking advice on technical issues from colleagues, and getting involved in research committees. 

Lizhong Wang received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Since 2012, he has worked as a Ph.D. student under Prof. Jerome F. Hajjar at Northeastern University. His research focuses on developing new deconstructable systems for sustainable design of steel and composite structures to significantly reduce the use of non-renewable resources by reclaiming and recovering the materials from the existing structures. He is past president of the Northeastern Graduate Structural Engineering Association (NGSEA), the SEI Graduate Student Chapter at Northeastern University, and a 2015 recipient of O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship.