Dr. Maryam Hojati
Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
Describe your research in about 200 words.
During my academic experience over the past few years, I worked on a variety of research studies that equipped me with the skills to conduct diverse research in the area of material and structural engineering in the civil engineering field. These studies varied from the design and development of innovative and green construction materials, 3D-printing of concrete (additive manufacturing of concrete components), development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure, numerical modeling of structures, programming, and experimental work. My recent research is mostly focused on the digital fabrication of cementitious materials or 3D printing of concrete. This is an interdisciplinary research studying developing the 3D printing machine consisting of a robot arm and pump-driven printer, designing and developing printable (either cement or cement free) concrete, designing a toolpath and controlling printing process. One of the successful project done by my research team at Penn State University was participating in the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat on Mars and achieve four prizes in Phase II and III of this challenge.
What’s the most interesting thing you have learned from a student?
Failure is certainly necessary. It happened when they failed despite the time and effort they put.