Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brian Waldron, Director, Center for Partnerships in GIS (CPGIS)

Contact: (901) 678-3283 or

Project Description: CPGIS performs a number of services to local, state and federal government as well as NPO’s on mapping spatial features and conducting spatial analyses using geographic information systems, or GIS.  GIS is a very powerful tool for building, identifying and analyzing spatial connectivity between features whether it be identifying the shortest ambulatory route from the hospital to a home, mapping habitat impairments along a stream, finding trends in health for epidemiology, or creating a network of man-made infrastructure.  Hence, GIS is used in geography, engineering, business, medical, biology, archeology, computer science, city planning, law, and many more fields.  CPGIS hires students from nearly 12 different departments to work in interdisciplinary teams on projects both in the field and in the lab.  Knowing GIS is not a requirement as we will teach you the software – you will learn some of the most advanced functions of GIS making you quite marketable upon graduation.  All workers are paid well with raises given based on productivity and added responsibility.

Requirements:  Provide a resume to Dr. Waldron.  Students must be able to work at least 10 hours a week.  Employment is continued during the summer.

Starting date:  Hiring occurs throughout the year based on project demands.

Method of compensation: Hourly wages.  You do NOT need to be a full-time student to work at CPGIS.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ricardo Taborda

Faculty Mentor's Department: Civil Engineering, and Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Telephone Number and/or E-mail Address: 901-678-1527 \

Project Description: Our research group focuses on earthquake simulations and the prediction of earthquake effects. Research tasks for an undergraduate student in our group will concentrate on helping develop computer tools to analyze results from simulations and to compare simulation results with recorded data. In particular, we have several ongoing projects that require the development of software to process results. We would like these tools to be developed in Python. Therefore, we are looking for bright enthusiastic minds willing to apply (and learn) programming skills to scientific research. Support for interested undergraduate students could extend beyond the Summer Honors program if the student demonstrate abilities that are worth keeping in our group.

Requirements for Student Applicants: In general, this project requires having good programming skills. Preference will be give to someone with knowledge in Python, but we will consider someone who can learn Python rapidly. We assume that if the student is already enrolled in the Honors program, good academic record is understood as by default.

Start Date: Anytime

Method of Compensation: Volunteer or academic credit through a project course. Monetary compensation will be considered for skilled individuals.