STILE always knew that they were destined for a career in academia. They have a natural ability to explain abstract concepts in an engaging, interesting and thought-provoking manner. As a busy Academic, they balance their demanding research commitments with their true love - sparking curiosity and interest through their teaching.


Stile StudentS

The STILE research group is designed to foster a sense of community around scholars interested in serving communities through people centered infrastructure design. 
CURRENT Students

Wendell Grinton, Jr.

Hi, my name is Wendell Grinton, Jr. and my research investigates improving civil infrastructure messages (e.g. energy feedback, traffic safety, disaster resilience) through current message design theories and an fNIRS instrument. The fNIRS instrument quantifies cognition by emitting near infrared light into the human cortex, and the light that is not absorbed is detected by a sensor-covered cap. This data is captured as changes in light density, but with a series of filters, is converted to changes in blood flow patterns. By utilizing existing message design theories and fNIRS, these improved civil infrastructure messages can enhance society's quality of life.

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Hi! My name is Joseph James. My research involves collaborating with residents of an affordable housing community, to create visualization that will promote their energy data literacy. 

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Hi! My name is Paige west and my research focus is on online engineering education. There were times in my education where I took good and not-so-good online classes. Therefore, my ambition is to improve online engineering courses for students and instructors. I am researching learning analytic data and exploring its usefulness for instructors. There is a plethora of information learning analytics can tell an instructor on student engagement. So, my goal is to harness the information and wield it to increase student engagement and make online courses more inviting for students and instructors.

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Hi, my name is Zach Boykin, and I am a current Direct Ph.D. student in the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program at Virginia Tech. I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering [structural engineering emphasis] from Clemson University. 


My research focuses on developing the current state of the art for the protective design industry.

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Hi, I’m Emma! I completed my Master’s degree at VT in 2018 through the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program. I’m working on completing my Ph.D. with interdisciplinary studies in Civil Engineering and Public Health.


My current work focuses on improving streets for bicycle commuters and exploring cycling impacts on population health outcomes. My broad research interest centers around the built environment’s contribution to chronic disease prevention. Watch the video below to learn more about the motivation behind my work and check out my page to learn more about my works in progress. 

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Hi, my name is Daniel Keku, I have a Master's degree from the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program at Virginia Tech and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina A&T.


My research involves conducting statistical analysis on inequities in infrastructure. 

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Past Students




Hi! My name is Fatemah and I graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering in in December 2021.

Sethu Madhavan Anilkumar

Hi! My name is Sethu and I graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering in in December 2018.

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Hi! My name is Santhosh and I graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering in May 2018.

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