Doctoral examinations: A structural engineering PhD student is required to pass three examinations. The first is a departmental comprehensive examination that should be taken within three to six quarters of full-time graduate study and requires a 3.5 GPA. This examination is intended to determine the student’s ability to successfully pursue a research project at a level appropriate for the doctoral degree. It is administered by at least four faculty, three of whom must be in structural engineering. The student is responsible for material pertaining to four focus areas. One focus area can be satisfied by course work, provided that all courses in that area have been taken at UC San Diego, the grade in each course is B or better, and the overall GPA in that area is at least 3.5. In order to insure appropriate breadth, the focus areas should consist of the following: (a) two focus areas within structural engineering which are closely related to the student’s research interests, (b) one focus area within structural engineering that is not directly related to the student’s area of research, and (c) one minor focus area outside the Department of Structural Engineering. An update list of sample focus areas for PhD students is available in the structural engineering Graduate Handbook. Minor areas too closely related to the major areas will not be approved by the SE Graduate Affairs Committee. The Solid Mechanics Focus Sequence, which is jointly taught by the Department of Structural Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, cannot be used to satisfy the outside structural engineering requirement. Students intending to specialize in the emerging areas of structural health monitoring, damage prognosis, and validated simulations are advised to take courses in the focus areas of Advanced Structural Behavior and elective courses MAE 283, MAE 261, ECE 251AN, ECE 251BN, ECE 254, and CSE 291 which can be used to satisfy the outside structural engineering requirement.
As described above, students in Structural Engineering develop a program of courses in consultation with and the approval of a faculty advisor in Structural Engineering. Provided below is a list of faculty in Structural Engineering that can serve as a faculty advisor. For students conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member in Structural Engineering, the research supervisor will also serve as the faculty advisor for course selection. Students not conducting research are free to choose any faculty member in Structural Engineering as their faculty advisor. For students conducting research with a faculty member outside of Structural Engineering, course selection and approval must still be done with a faculty advisor in Structural Engineering.
Structural engineering thesis topics
1993 - 1998 Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy Specialization in Structural Engineering Thesis: "Theoretical and experimental studies on dynamics and controls of axial piston pumps"
2001 Charted Engineering Status, Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
1999 - 2008 Modulo UNO - D&D department, Role: Analysis and Testing Engineer, Products: Consulting in industrial plants (Noise and Vibration Control)
2008 - 2009 Oerlikon Graziano - D&D department, Role: Analysis Engineer, Products: Automotive Transmissions
2010 Oerlikon Graziano - D&D department, Role: Advanced Development Engineer, Products: EV and HEV Transmissions
2011 Oerlikon Graziano - D&D department, Role: Product Manager, Products: EV and HEV Transmissions