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O.H. Ammann Fellowship Member Profile - Karen Angeles

Friday, March 23, 2018

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Karen Angeles is currently a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a Bachelor's in Structural Engineering with an emphasis in Civil Structures from the University of California - San Diego (UCSD).

Prior to her PhD studies, Karen worked as a Seismic, Blast, and Wind Certification Engineering Intern at Tobolski Watkins Engineering, Inc. She was also involved in the design of a staging facility for the UCSD Large Scale Outdoor Shake Table at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. Karen participated in a Summer Research Opportunities Program at Notre Dame, where she was the lead investigator of an experimental program aimed at validating an innovative cladding and partitioning system for reinforced concrete homes in post-quake Haiti.

As a PhD student, Karen is a GEM Associate Fellow and is supported by a Dean's Fellowship from Notre Dame's College of Engineering. Her research interests include life cycle analysis, resilient and sustainable buildings, and hazard mitigation. Karen's doctoral work is dedicated towards the development of a Green Resilience Framework that addresses the current deficiencies in the design of resilient, sustainable buildings in offering the first integrated life-cycle assessment tool. This framework preserves the intrinsic relationship between multi-hazard resilience and sustainability and is being developed in such a way to facilitate its adoption into practice so that current and future generations of designers can make more informed decision in their designs. Karen is also an active member of the graduate student chapters for SEI and EERI at Notre Dame.