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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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student spotlight logoStudent Spotlight: Marlon Hill

Marlon Hill, a Ph.D. Candidate at Florida A&M University (FAMU) is working on a research project entitled “Investigating the Effects of Extreme Winds on Civil Structures,” under the supervision of Makola Abdullah, MCEER Diversity Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Marlon also received his BA from FAMU.

Marlon Hill

Marlon Hill

Marlon became interested in his current research program after participating in the Ronald E. McNair Summer REU program, “by virtue of living in the south and wanting to know more about the effects of hurricanes on structures.”

He anticipates graduating in the Spring of 2009 and “plans to use my research to determine the most adequate hurricane mitigation methods and possibly new more effective techniques.” He expects to pursue a career in industry as a structural engineer. After obtaining a P.E. and some practical experience, he would like to return to academia to teach at an HBCU (Historically Black College and University).

In his spare time, Marlon likes to fish, golf, and play various recreational sports such as flag-football, softball, and soccer.