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Rebecca Napolitano

Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State

Becca is the BEAM Lab’s director. Becca, as an NSF Graduate Fellow, received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 2020. Additionally, she received her bachelor’s in physics and Classical Languages at Connecticut College in 2015. She has received a variety of awards for her research, teaching, and mentoring including Female Innovator of the Year, Woman of Innovation, the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton Award for Excellence, and the Graduate School of Princeton University Teaching award. Her current research initiatives include the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for infrastructure inspection, the fusion of nondestructive evaluation for multi-modal documentation, finite-distinct element modeling for simulating system interactions, and augmented reality for synthesizing disparate data sets into an intuitive cyber-physical system.


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    Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State