The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Foundation announced today that the $10,000 SOM 2013 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship has been awarded to Yao Xiao, who in April received her Master of Science Degree in Structural Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.
The SOM Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship is awarded annually through a national competition. In January 2013, the SOM Foundation received portfolio submissions from students at US schools having an accredited program in civil and structural engineering. The submissions were judged on the quality of the design portfolios, research proposals and travel itineraries.
In addition to her academic course work for which Prof. Gregory Deierlein served as her Advisor, Yao participated with a student team in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in 2012, and worked with Prof. Calvin Kam as a Research Assistant at the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, evaluating the BIM/VDC performance of various building projects.
This research contributed to her knowledge of construction technologies, including pre-fabrication, and inspired her to seek optimisation techniques and efficiency in structural design to improve project efficiency and cost. Yao’s Stanford research experience influenced her choice of research topic for her SOM Foundation Fellowship.