Carnegie Mellon University

Suss Xu

November 08, 2017

Xu Awarded Dowd Fellowship

PhD student Susu Xu was selected as one of four 2017 Dowd Fellows by the College of Engineering.

Xu earned her undergraduate degree at Tsinghua University in China before coming to CMU to continue her studies. Her research focuses on developing information-theoretic approach for building vibration signal analysis to help structural health monitoring and built environment monitoring.

Xu, advised by professor Hae Young Noh, designs new modeling framework to extract information-theoretic based features from structural vibration signals induced by environmental events (e.g. earthquake), data from previous events, and other buildings to diagnose structural damage states.

“I would like to thank Philip and Marsha Dowd and the committee for their support and encouragement,” says Xu. “I believe this project can help provide a new information-theoretic perspective to understand the structural vibrations, and better utilize the knowledge learned from existing large dataset to diagnose buildings which we do not have much knowledge about.”

The Philip and Marsha Dowd Engineering Seed Fund was established in 2001 through a generous gift to the College of Engineering (CIT) from Philip and Marsha Dowd. The fund is intended to provide support for graduate students proposing work on cutting edge research projects. The objective of the fund is to help enable future external research funding and possible future entrepreneurial activity by generating initial research results through the seed project.

Students receiving fellowships are referred to as Dowd Fellows and are required to present a seminar to the Carnegie Mellon community in the fall semester on the results of their work.