Lianne Brito, '19


Lianne Brito, '19





Lianne Brito was born and raised in La Habana, Cuba. She moved to the United States in December of 2010. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in international engineering. After starting her college career at UCF with the LEARN program, she developed a passion for research. She has explored her research interests within civil engineering by gaining experience in the construction, structural, and geotechnical fields. Lianne also dedicates her time to extracurricular activities by taking on roles such as UCF STEM Ambassador and Communications Chair for the SHPE student organization’s Executive Board. Her future plans are to obtain a Ph.D. in civil engineering and become a professor.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Kevin Mackie

Undergraduate Major

Civil Engineering and International Engineering

Future Plans

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering


Using Triaxial Accelerometer and Gyroscope Sensors for Activity Recognition in Construction Sites.

Conducted at the University of Central Florida part of the LEARN Program
Mentor: Reza Akhavian, Ph.D., Civil Engineering.

In complex construction projects, acquiring knowledge on construction workers’ activities can help increase productivity and safety. The objective of this study is to utilize smartphone built-in accelerometers and gyroscope sensors in order to predict basic daily activities of construction workers such as hammering, drilling and shoveling.

A Comparative Analysis of Grouted Splice Pre-Cast Columns vs. Standard Cast-in-Place Columns.

Conducted at the University of Central Florida part of the ICubed and FGLSAMP Program.
Mentor: Kevin R. Mackie, Ph.D. Civil Engineering

The study of precast concrete columns is essential to ensure safety in construction projects especially in high seismic zones. This investigation compares grouted splice pre-cast columns with standard cast-in-place columns typically found in seismic regions. In order to make these comparisons, half-size concrete column assemblies were fabricated and tested to failure. From this investigation data will be analyzed to draw conclusions about the benefits and potential downfalls of the grouted splice pre-cast columns when used for construction in seismic regions.

Summer Research

Dynamic Centrifuge Modeling of Multiple Structures

Conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder part of Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program.
Mentor: Dr. Shideh Dashti, Ph.D., Civil Engineering

Seismic induced liquefaction has had enormous economic and social impact in cities where the soil is prone to liquefaction during seismic shaking. The response of structures to liquefaction is poorly understood. Consequently, it is difficult to determine how the liquefaction risk may be mitigated. Two different mitigation techniques were tested in the geotechnical centrifuge at the University of Colorado Boulder: 1) Densification of the soil underneath a structure; and (2) vertical prefabricated drains placed around the structure. The behavior of the structures with each mitigation technique is compared to the response of a similar structure without mitigation in terms of accelerations, settlements, foundation rotation, and strains imposed on structural elements. The experimental results presented in this study represent the importance of understanding better the different mitigation methods, which, on the one hand, may reduce soil settlements and, on the other hand, may increase ground shaking intensity that result in larger drifts and damage to the superstructure.

Summer Research Institution

University of Colorado Boulder


Civil Engineering | Construction Engineering and Management

Lianne Brito, '19