Research Team

Faculty & Staff

Erin Bell

Civil Engineering
Degree: PhD in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Dr. Bell walked with lions and played with lion cubs in South Africa.
CEPS Profile
Email: erin.bell@unh.edu
Role: Principal Investigator/Structural Monitoring

 


Martin Wosnik

Mechanical Engineering
Degree: Ph.D.
Fun Fact: Likes to kayak in Great Bay Estuary… with the tides.
CEPS Profile
Email: martin.wosnik@unh.edu
Roles: Co-Principal Investigator, Tidal Energy.

 


Collette Powers

Computer Science
Degree: M.S. in Computer Science
Fun Fact: Professor Powers loves to play softball.
Email: collette.powers@cs.unh.edu
Role:  IT Coordinator

 


Vahid Shahsavari

Postdoctoral Scholar
Present Studies: Postdoctoral Research
Degree: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Dr. Shahsavari speaks French as well.
Email: vahid.shahsavari@unh.edu
Roles: Project coordinator/Evaluating the bridge structural behavior.

 


Lawrence Hamilton

Sociologist
Degree: PhD in Sociologist
Fun Fact: Dr. Hamilton is also a lifelong rock climber
CEPS Profile
Email: Lawrence.Hamilton@unh.edu
Role: Surveying and finding the public opinion.

 

Graduate Students

Kaelin Chancey

Mechanical Engineering
University of New Hampshire
Degree Working Towards:  M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Current Degree:  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact:  Kaelin is really into knitting socks.
Email:  klm233@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Implementation and data analysis of environmental and tidal resource instrumentation, maintenance and operation of turbine deployment platform and tidal turbine

 


Maryam Mashayekhizadeh

University of New Hampshire
Civil Engineering
Degree Working Towards: PHD in Civil Engineering
Current Degree: M.S. in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Maryam enjoys traveling and having new experiences.
Email: mm1182@wildcats.unh.edu
Role: Fatigue Assessment, structural health monitoring, model validation of the Memorial Bridge  

 


Milad Mehrkash

University of New Hampshire
Civil Engineering
Degree Working Towards: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
Current Degree: M.S. in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Milad enjoys watching soccer games.
Email: mm1193@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Model updating, structural health monitoring and damage detection of the Memorial Bridge

 


Fernanda Fischer

University of New Hampshire
Civil Engineering
Degree Working Towards: M.S in Civil Engineering
Current Degree: B.S in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Fernanda loves traveling.
Email: ff2004@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Fernanda is part of a coordinated Project funded by the NHDOT for scaled experimental testing of the gussettless connection.

 


Ian Gagnon

University of New Hampshire
Mechanical Engineering Renewable Energy
Degree Working Towards: M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Current Degree: B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Fun Fact: Ian has been to the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest lake in the world.
Email: ifh2@wildcats.unh.edu
Ian’s LinkedIn
Roles: Design, fabrication, assembly, deployment, and operation of the tidal turbine deployment system. Tidal energy resource assessment.

 


Shokoufeh Zargar

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Academia
Degree Working Towards: Ph.D. in Civil Engineeringg
Current Degree: M.S. in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Shokoufeh loves making handicrafts and cooking.
Email: sxu6@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Experimental fatigue testing of the gusset-less connection.

 


Duncan McGeehan

University of New Hampshire
Structural Engineer
Degree Working Towards: Master of Science – Structural Engineering
Current Degree: Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Duncan enjoys learning a new skill.
Email: Dwy32@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Experimental Fatigue of Gusset-less Connection

 


Linda M. Fogg

University of Maine
Researcher
Degree Working Towards: Master’s of Arts – Sociology
Current Degree: Bachelor of Arts – Sociology
Fun Fact: Linda loves to bake.
Email: lmf1023@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Social Science Researcher

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students


Andrew Lanza

University of New Hampshire
Degree Working Towards: Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Andrew likes to learn about and play basketball
Email: apl1004@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Assistant for the Gussetless Fatigue Testing Project

 

Interns


Morgan Pierce

Spaulding High School
IOL Highschool Intern
Fun Fact:  Morgan has gone to Aruba twice.
Email:  MorganPierce2000@gmail.com
Roles:  Improving and maintaining the public Living Bridge website.

 


Heidi Orestis

Teacher at Sanborn Regional Middle School
Teacher researcher
Fun Fact: Heidi has been to most of our National parks
Email: Hborestis@gmail.com
Roles: Researcher with the RETE program

 


Lee Leon

Teacher at Noble Middle School
Teacher Intern
Fun Fact: Lee can do a 5 minute plank.
Email: lee.leon@msad60.org
Roles: Researcher with the RETE program

 

 

 

Alumni

Kenneth Baldwin

Staff
Ocean Engineering
Degree: PhD in Ocean Engineering
Fun Fact: Dr. Baldwin is the only grandfather working on this project.
Email: kenneth.baldwin@unh.edu
Roles: Co-Principal Investigator
 
 


Travis Manning

Graduate
University of New Hampshire
Civil Engineering
Degree Working Towards: M.S. in Civil Engineering
Current Degree:  B.S. in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Travis had a name change when he was younger.  His original name was Earl Lambert Manning IV but was changed to Travis Earl Manning. 
Email:  teb27@wildcats.unh.edu
Role:  Comparing Digital Image Correlation to Strain Rosettes

 


Chao Yang

Graduate
University of New Hampshire
Civil Engineering
Degree Working Towards: M.S. in Civil Engineering
Current Degree: B.S. in Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Chao thinks summer is the greatest session for Fishing!
Email: cxl5@wildcats.unh.edu
Roles: Performance-based design of the TTDS: probabilistic approach.

 


Harrison Brewton

Undergraduate
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Computer Science
Degree Working Towards:  B.S. in Computer Science and Math/Econ
Fun Fact: Harrison enjoys cross country skiing.
Email:  hbrewton@wisc.edu
Role:  Creating researcher page for data acquisition and viewing.

 


Jake Daniels

Undergraduate
Purdue University
Civil Engineering
Degree Working Towards: B.S. in Aerospace Engineering
Fun Fact: Jake’s favorite food is sushi.
Email: danie116@purdue.edu
Role: Using GoPro cameras and Digital Image Correlation for strain testing.

 


Aung Khant Nyar

Undergraduate
University of New Hampshire
Computer Science
Degree Working Towards: B.S. in Computer Science
Fun Fact: Aung’s hobbies are reading and working out.
Email: an2023@wildcats.unh.edu
Role: Working on the front end of a researcher site.

 


Piper Bartlett

University of New Hampshire
Teacher Intern
Fun Fact: SCUBA is Piper’s favorite activity!
Email: pbartlett@stalux.org
Roles: Comparing the bridge data with local sensors in Great Bay and trying to determine if water quality is affected by shipping lane traffic, previewing the bridge data so that it can be used for educational purposes and collaborating with local organizations to make the data more accessible to the public.

 


Mallory Cashman

Berwick Academy
High School Intern
Fun Fact:  Mallory marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the past two Thanksgivings.
Email:  mallory.cashman@unh.edu
Roles:  Improving the public Living Bridge website, testing the effects of uric acid on galvanized steel.

 


Ian Wilson

Portsmouth Christian Academy at Dover
High School Intern
Fun Fact:  Ian plays soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Email:  ian.wilson@unh.edu
Roles:  Working on web design for the public side of the website, testing the effects of bird droppings on the zinc coated steel plates