GSA Award for Conferences Awardees – Spring 2015
Melissa earned her B.S. degree in biology at the College of Idaho in 2011. She joined the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Program at North Carolina State University that fall as a PhD student, and is working in Dr. Nanette Nascone-Yoder’s lab to uncover molecular mechanisms underlying vertebrate gut development. After graduating, Melissa hopes to pursue a career in academia.
Conference: Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 11-15, 2015
Being interested in construction procedures and knowing that civil engineers play an important role in building, maintaining and expanding the societies, I have spent the past 14 years of my life studying civil engineering and doing research on the behavior and performance of construction materials such as cement and asphalt concrete. I received my B.S. degree in Civil Engineering (2005) and M.S. degree in Construction Engineering, and Management (2008) from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in Iran. I am currently a PhD candidate in Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NCSU and my research is focused on the fatigue and fracture characteristics of grid-reinforced asphalt pavements and effect of interlayer systems in mitigating the asphalt pavement distresses. After graduation I would like to put my knowledge of construction materials into practice and add to my experience and knowledge of construction materials and management by being involved in construction industry in a professional environment.
James (Jim) Creager, a Georgia-native, moved to North Carolina in 2012 to attend NC State. He has since received a B.S. in Computer Science from the Department of Engineering and is currently a Ph.D. student of Human Factors and Applied Cognition in the Department of Psychology. His focus is applying psychology to industry by considering human nature during product design and development. His current research is a) examining how software interface designers can maximize human-information processing capabilities, b) developing new usability methods, and c) integrating human factors methods into the design cycle. After completing his Ph.D., James wants to lead an industry team of talented user experience researchers.