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Student Spotlight: Daniel Fenz

Daniel Fenz discusses his experience as an REU student at MCEER's recent NSF site visit.

Beginning this fall, former REU student Daniel Fenz will start graduate studies in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Dan decided to pursue further studies in earthquake engineering after participating in the 2002 REU program. He explains that he “never really considered earthquake engineering as a career until I came to UB for my undergraduate education.” He added that when he learned the university was “home to a leader in the field, I wanted to be a part of it.”

Dan’s research area is base isolation and testing of seismic isolation bearings; he will continue to work on testing these bearings under the advisement of Professor Michael Constantinou, department chair. He expects to finish his Master’s degree by December 2005, and hopes to follow it with a Ph.D. in the field.

After finishing his studies, Dan would like to obtain a research-oriented position, although he is not sure whether he wants to work in industry or academics. His hobbies, when not working twelve hours a day, include working out, sampling beers from around the country, shopping at thrift stores and going out with friends.


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