New PEER Student Representatives!

September 13, 2021

We are excited to present PEER Student Representatives. These students will support the PEER Student Committee in implementing new initiatives during the 2021-2022 year.

Ziran (Rachel) ZhouMy name is Ziran (Rachel) Zhou. I am a third-year Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate at California Institute of Technology working under the supervision of Professor José Andrade. My research aims to analyze the dynamical response of modular structures under seismic excitation through computational and experimental approaches. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, doing road trips and gaming. Contact:

 Niloufar BehboudMy name is Niloufar Behboud. I am a Ph.D. candidate in structural engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). My professor, Dr. Farzin Zareian, and I are working on a project with the subject of “Experimental and Analytical Study of Stiffened Column Base Connections and Their Effect on The Seismic Performance of Steel Moment Frames.” I also have professional experience in the industry as a designer of steel connections and an R&D team member. Traveling, biking, running, reading, and coffee are the bold words of my life. Email:

William RoserMy name is William Roser! I am in the second year of the Civil Engineering Ph.D. program at the University of Nevada Reno working under Professor Keri Ryan. I am currently taking part in the NHERI TallWood Project, where I am examining potential solutions to mitigate seismic damage to nonstructural walls and windows. Outside of school I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy and language learning. Email:

Ezgi CinarMy name is Ezgi Cinar. I am a fourth-year Civil Engineering Ph.D. student at University of Southern California working under the supervision of Professor Patrick Lynett. My research focuses on understanding the debris transport during extreme coastal events. Classic rock, video games, reading, friends and family are my happy places. Email:

Anders JohnsonMy name is Anders Johnson and I am an incoming graduate student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I have previously been involved with the design and fabrication of modular concrete footings to be used for a variety of research tests which was completed in Spring 2021. I am planning to focus on special moment frame connection research for my graduate thesis with Professor Michael Deigert. I keep myself busy outside of school by playing guitar and piano and I am a huge fan of traveling.