Ephraim Bryski ’22 – URECA Researcher of the Month December 2021 – is a senior civil engineer who joined the coastal and hydraulic engineering research laboratory of Ali Farhadzadeh, assistant professor in the civil engineering department, as a student of first year. Bryski is working on designs to increase the effectiveness of oyster reefs for wave attenuation and shoreline protection. His previous work in Farhadzadeh’s group on the movement of flood-borne debris led to a presentation by URECA in 2019 as well as a recently co-authored publication in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.
During his second year, Bryski also joined the materials and mechanics laboratory of Kedar Kirane, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering, where he learned to use molecular dynamics to study the distribution of near-brittle resistance in silica, analyzed the effect of creep size in brittle rock, and developed rock beam models and run simulations in Abaqus.
In the summer of 2019, Bryski participated in the NHERI REU (National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure – Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program at the OH Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, Oregon State University.
On campus, Bryski has been involved as a peer tutor at the Academic Success and Tutoring Center since September 2019 and as a member of the Concrete Canoe Team since 2019. He has also served as secretary of the Stony Brook Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (August 2019-August 2021). Bryski plans to continue the Accelerated Master of Civil Engineering program at Stony Brook after graduation in May.
Read the interview with Karen Kernan, director of URECA