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.
Dr. Kevin Mackie
Civil Engineering and International Engineering
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
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
Brito, Lianne, "Lianne Brito, '19" (2017). McNair Scholars. 24.