SIGMa invites applicants for a Master's position in size and topology optimization for fall 2018. Highly-motivated individuals with a strong background in programming, geotechnical and structural modeling, adequate English proficiency, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications 

Applicants must have a degree in civil, mechanical or materials engineering. Ideal candidates should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: modeling and simulation of structures and materials, programming and machine learning.

Compensation package and contact information

The assistantship provides a tuition remission worth ~ $32000 for the first year. Renewal beyond the first year will be contingent upon the student's satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

Interested individuals are encouraged to send their current CV and the contact information of three references to Dr. Hessam Yazdani at Please put “Prospective graduate student in SIGMa for Fall 2018” in the subject line.


Two URA positions are available in SIGMa for research on the design of materials using topology optimization and data mining.
The ideal candidates should have experience in working with MATLAB and be willing to learn independently the basics of a data mining method (e.g. artificial neural networks, support vector machines or genetic programming). Programming experience will be meritorious.
The selection process will be based on academic merit. Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Yazdani at with a current CV.


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