Cagdas Kafali, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, is working on a research project entitled "Fragility Based Rehabilitation Decision Analysis," and expects to finish his degree in August, 2005. His advisor is Professor Mircea Grigoriu.
Cagdas' research interests include structural dynamics, structural reliability, and random vibrations and he is very motivated by the research itself, stating that he "likes the probabilistic nature of the problem," and that "earthquake engineering is a field where I can fulfill my interest in stochastic modeling." He also attributes the seismic vulnerability of his native Turkey as a reason for his interest in earthquake engineering, stating "this is a very important topic in my country."
Research in structural engineering will remain at the center of Cagdas' future plans, be it at an academic institution or a company, in the United States or in Turkey, as long as the research topic is interesting and fulfilling. Eventually, he would like to teach, preferably in a university, but he would consider high school. He also wants to return to Turkey at some point.
Cagdas enjoys playing basketball, and, if time allows after research, he likes traveling, woodworking and reading about the history of science.