The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Gulf Research Program (GRP) selected YeongAe Heo, assistant professor in civil engineering, for its Early Career Research Fellowship.
Out of 10 recipients from across the country, Heo was the only recipient from structural engineering; others were from biology, chemistry, environmental engineering and policy.
The NASEM GRP Early Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientists as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in preventing oil spills and in the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.
Heo’s internal career mentor for this fellowship will be Hatsuo Ishida, professor of macromolecular science and engineering.
Supported by Case School of Engineering and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, her external career mentor will be Bruce Ellingwood, professor emeritus of structural engineering, mechanics, and materials at the Georgia Institute of Technology; professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University; and member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Heo’s research aims to promote a multi-hazard resilient modern society by protecting critical infrastructure from both natural and technological hazards. The fellowship program will support her research on minimizing risks in on and offshore oil and gas systems that are exposed to severe weather and operating conditions.