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CCEE Ph.D. candidate receives inaugural Goodnight Doctoral Fellowship

Jessi Thangjitham

CCEE Ph.D. candidate Jessi Thangjitham is one of 30 NC State students who have been awarded an inaugural Goodnight Doctoral Fellowship. The award recognizes Thangjitham’s academic success as a civil engineering student and is renewable for up to four years. The prestigious award provides an additional supplement directly to the student and covers the cost of student fees.

“I am proud to be among the 30 graduate students to receive the inaugural Goodnight Fellowship,” Thangjitham said. “So many accomplished graduate students are doing amazing work at NC State, so I am honored to be selected as one of the awardees.”

“We are truly delighted to award [Jessi] this Fellowship,” said ​​Peter Harries, dean of the NC State Graduate School.

Thangjitham, who is advised by Dr. Mervyn Kowalsky, focuses on structural and earthquake engineering. She serves in committee leadership roles in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and American Concrete Institute national chapters. Thangjitham also recently received the Paul & Dora Zia Graduate Fellowship Award and the 2022-2023 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)/Federal Emergency Management Agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Graduate Fellowship.

“The Goodnight Doctoral Fellowship will help me continue my studies and ensure that I can produce quality work up to the standards of NC State,” Thangjitham said. “It also encourages me to continue working hard to shape my field of structural engineering.”