Justin Yip, an undergraduate researcher in the Sustainability and Health of Urban Infrastructure Laboratory, participated in the SUNY Explorations in STEM program. Sponsored by the SUNY-Research Foundation, the Explorations in STEM program supported the research projects of freshman or sophomore students in the STEM fields. Part of the program included weekly seminars that talked about how to conduct responsible research and then present that work to both the scientific community and the public at large. One workshop was held at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
On August 1, 2014 Justin presented a poster entitled “Role of cross section shape on the seismic energy dissipation of rocking columns” at the STEM Summer Internships Research Symposium and Closing Ceremony. Twenty-seven other students from many departments across the university also presented their work. Justin was one of only two participants from engineering disciplines and made quite an impression with the 3D printed and plaster columns that he brought to display.