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Parfait M. Masungi

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Maria Garlock, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI
Year of Study: G3
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Undergraduate Major: Civil Engineering

Personal Bio

I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My family and I moved to the US in November 2010. I completed my high school education at Haltom High School in Texas.
I completed my undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 2018. As an undergrad at UTSA, I conducted undergraduate research for 2 years as part of the McNair Scholars Program.
I am a polyglot who is fluent in four languages (English, French, Lingala, Kikongo) and currently learning Spanish.
Few interests that I would love to explore with undergraduate mentees are to help them develop their research interests and understanding, and provide them with insightful guidance, information, training, and feedback to allow them to grow their intellectual curiosity and professional skills.

Fun Fact

I enjoy playing musical instruments. My favorite instruments are the bass guitar and the piano.
Soccer is my favorite sport and FC Barcelona is my favorite team.

Research Pitch

My graduate research work looks at the behavior and design of steel plate girders for bridges and shear wall panels for tall buildings in order to (1) understand the true mechanics in the elastic and postbuckling stage of these elements and (2) improve the strength, efficiency, and design methods and innovations of these structural systems. What is really cool about this research is the fact that it impacts the present and future of engineering education, structural design, and contributes to the sustainability of steel as a construction material capable of resisting large forces and simultaneously dissipate energy without damage to structural elements. First, this research takes the approach based on computational mechanics through the use of finite element software such as ABAQUS to perform numerical modeling and finite element analyses of structural elements and systems. Second, experimental testings are conducted to verify and validate the numerical results.

Plans for Summer 2022

Confirmed pairing; no longer looking for a mentee.

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