Student Spotlight: Robert Corbin
Robert Corbin graduated with a Master of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in December 2006, after successfully defending “Experimental Evaluation of the Seismic Performance of Hospital Copper Piping Systems.” Dr. “Manos” Maragakis was his advisor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Robert’s interest in earthquake engineering began with “structures such as skyscrapers and bridges, especially those that could withstand earthquakes such as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.” A Las Vegas native, he chose the highly-ranked Civil Engineering Department at Reno to stay in Nevada, and was pleased to later discover that the structural staff and facilities were responsible for a large part of the department’s popularity. After completing his undergraduate degree, he was given the opportunity to test a replica of a hospital piping system using the shake table in the James E. Rogers & Louis Weiner, Jr. Large-Scale Structures Laboratory at UNR.
“This experience gave me the knowledge needed to further my understanding of how we as engineers can enhance the seismic resiliency of past, present, and future structures as well as their nonstructural components,” Robert explains, describing the importance of research to his career. He is currently considering several job opportunities at structural engineering firms in the Reno/Tahoe area. In February, he will oversee the next set of experiments involving the testing of a copper piping system as a part-time engineering consultant at UNR.
An avid soccer player, Robert is a member of teams in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Trukee (California). He also likes to travel and snowboard.