Kenneth Idem

Kenneth Idem, Ph.D. Student

Graduate Assistant, Minority Engineering Program

Kenneth Idem started working with the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) as a Graduate Assistant in September 2017. He assists with the Algebra by 7th Grade (AB7G) program focusing on the parent activity sessions along with preparation work for summer program activities.

He obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University along with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in August 2014. Due to his passion for engineering, he continued on to pursue a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, focusing on Geotechnical and Structural Engineering. He graduated with his M.S. in August 2016 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University.

His current research includes the design, analysis and testing of instrumented model pile foundations in density controlled sand chambers. His area of research includes topics such as: the effect of friction degradation, the effect of surface roughness and the effect of size alteration in closed and opened ended cylindrical steel pile foundations. Through his research, he hopes to provide a better understanding of deep foundations and alternative approach to foundation designs.

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