Assistant Professor/Teacher in Structural Engineering Cover Letter
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502 W. Main Street #221
Houston, TX 77204
November 23, 2012
Dr. John Matthews
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 76019-0308
Dear Dr. Matthews,
I am writing to apply for the position of Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering beginning
Fall 2011, as advertised on the University of Texas website. I am currently a doctoral candidate at
the University of Houston and fully expect to complete my Ph.D. degree requirements by May
2011. I am extremely interested in obtaining a faculty position at the University of Texas, as its
engineering research programs have a stellar reputation that is known worldwide.
I believe that my academic training and my six years of experience working as a structural
engineer prepare me to be an effective researcher and instructor in your department. My doctoral
dissertation was conducted under the direction of Prof. Mark Daniels, and looks at the use of a
relatively new methodology for the design of joints, walls, footings, and other portions of
reinforced or prestressed concrete structures. In my research, I developed an integrated design and
analysis environment for this methodology in which both strength and serviceability requirements
are explicitly satisfied. This was delivered in a computer-based program that is freely available to
the community and has been downloaded by more than 2500 people.
Although my dissertation focuses on a single topic, other areas that interest me for my future
research stem from my goal of developing improved analytical models and methods for design,
evaluation, and upgrade of concrete structures subjected to monotonic and reversed loading and
structures equipped with passive systems. One of the studies that I have started is the development
of a performance-based seismic design under the auspices of a project from the Applied
Technology Committee, a national organization.
During my graduate training, I have been fortunate enough to also serve as a teaching assistant
and occasionally instruct for an intermediate level course on reinforced concrete design. My five
years of professional experience as an engineer have provided me with a broad view that is useful
in assisting students with projects and assignments. Through my participation as a teaching
assistant, I have developed confidence and an interest in teaching and look forward to the
opportunity to both teach assigned classes and to develop my own classes.
I would enjoy discussing this position with you in the weeks to come. In the meantime, I am
enclosing my Curriculum Vitae and statement of teaching and research interests. Letters of
recommendation will arrive under separate cover. If you require any additional materials or
information, I am happy to supply it. Thank you very much for your consideration.
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