The great faculty members in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. The lectures given by many world-famous professors are second to none! Many professors have helped me with not only academic activities but also career opportunities.
My father is also an engineer and, since childhood, has positively influenced me to love and choose engineering.
Of course Ketter Hall, where I spent most of my four years in UB. All my achievements came out of my office room in Ketter. And that is the place where I met so many great people and felt accommodated.
I just graduated in August 2021 and am now a tunnel engineer at Mott McDonald. I do design and analysis for our tunnel structures. I am also a self-motivated researcher and volunteer journal reviewer.
During my program, I was a TA for two courses and mentored four female students during my PhD.
I am most proud of my research contributions. I gain great happiness when my research is appreciated by people and my papers get cited. The best part is, during this process, I have become a more confident and inclusive person.
I am passionate about being a great female tunnel engineer and scholar. I want to use my knowledge and experiences to make our infrastructures safer. I also want to show younger female generations that a woman can also be a great engineer!
Many thanks to my PhD advisors, Dr. Negar Elhami-Khorasani and Dr. Anthony Tessari, for their great mentorship and all the life guidance. Working with them for four years has made me prepared for my career and more importantly, a better person.
I plan to get my Professional Engineering license in the nearest future. The long-term plan is to practice leadership in the engineering field and try to help other members of underrepresented groups achieve success.
Be inclusive. Be thirsty for knowledge. And be a dreamer. You will achieve success in engineering at UB.
In the final year of her PhD, Nan Hua received a 2021 Dean's Graduate Achievement Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.