Welcome to the

Department of Civil Engineering





Brina J. Blinzler, B.S.
Graduate Assistant
Civil Engineering Department
Auburn Science and Engineering Center
The University of Akron
Akron, OH  44325-3905


Ph. D. Candidate Civil Engineering, University of Akron (2012)
B.S. Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology (2008)
High school, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing (2005)


Professional Experience

    HNTB Corporation – Overland Park, Kansas
    Transportation Engineering Intern (2006 – 2008)

    The Doe Run Company, Resource Recycling Division – Boss, Missouri
    Chemical Engineering Intern (2006)

    Elgin Surveying and Engineering – Rolla, Missouri
    Surveying Assistant (2005)

Academic Experience

National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Cleveland, Ohio
       Graduate Student Researchers Program (2009 – present)

University of Akron Civil Engineering Department – Akron, Ohio
       Graduate Research (2008 – present)

University of Missouri - Rolla Civil Engineering Department – Rolla, Missouri
       Surveying Teaching Assistant (2006)

University of Missouri – Rolla, Environmental Engineering Department – Rolla, Missouri
       Undergraduate Research (2005)



Graduate Student Researchers Program 2009 & 2010

University of Akron Graduate Assistantship 2008

Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship 2005

University of Missouri-Rolla Trustees Scholarship 2005

Tuition Scholarship Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematic, and Computing 2003

Activity in Research

High Velocity Impact on Composite Structures

Characterization of Aging Influence on Braided Composites

Explicit FEA of Composite Structures – Impact Perforation Analysis

Organization Memberships

Engineers Without Borders

Chi Epsilon

Kappa Delta Sorority

American Society of Civil Engineers


Engineers Without Borders
Consultant (2008-present)
Fundraising Chair (2007-2008)
Programming Chair (2007-2008)

Women in Higher Education
Graduate Assistant Chair (2009-present)

Chi Epsilon
National Scholarship Committee Chair (2008)

Kappa Delta Sorority
Panhellenic Delegate (2005-2006)

Panhellenic Council
Greek Service Chair (2005-2006)
Programming Chair (2005-2006)
Community Events Coordinator (2006)

Improvisational Drama Club
President (2003-2005)


Professional Development

Chi Epsilon National Conclave 2008

Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference 2010

LS-DYNA Users Conference 2010