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Dominic Wirkijowski


Fall 2017

I am a graduate student studying Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My area of study is bridge engineering, where I have experience in concrete material research, non-destructive evaluation methods, and structural health monitoring. I completed my bachelor’s at Rutgers University and have spent my entire life in the Garden State. I am an avid triathlete, mountain biker, and traveler in my spare time. After spending a couple summers in Bolivia building bridges, I understand how annual changes in weather can endanger communities and disconnect them from basic necessities. The same principle applies to the changes in climate we are experiencing today along the New Jersey coastline. I believe engineers must identify, improve, and protect critical infrastructure that is most vulnerable to flooding and coastal storms. My goal is to use the transdisciplinary perspectives of this program to create such a tool for decisionmakers.