University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2015/2016 academic year/graduate award
Transforming multifaceted infrastructure through research
"I see engineering as a way where I can personally impact public safety," says Michael Bell, PhD graduate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. It's a vision that has evolved for this future professor. While traveling to compete in gymnastics earlier in life, he saw a great deal of the complex, multifaceted U.S. infrastructure; one that is as much deteriorating as it is being transformed for the future. His Wire Reinforcement Institute Foundation scholarship for the 2015/2016 academic year has pushed him closer to his goal of transforming the infrastructure through research. "I'm hoping to develop innovative research projects aimed at improving the monitoring of structures, and ultimately pass this new-found knowledge on to others. As a professor at the college level, I will be able to continue mentoring students while researching new and emerging technologies." Bell graduated with honors distinction from Ohio State University and received an M.S. in structural engineering from Stanford University in 2012. He finished his doctorate in structural engineering in May 2016 and will pursue a career as a professor at a leading research university.