Tiffany Parker

Tiffany Parker
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Zimmerman
College of Engineering
 
"I wanted to enrich my time in college with as much experience in applying my knowledge that I learn in the classroom to real life situations. In my mind, research is one of the best ways to not only accomplish my goal, but to catch a glimpse of the advancements being made in society each and every day."

Major

Civil Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Materials Testing
  • Erosion

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program

Organizations

  • Theta Tau

Volunteer

  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music
  • Sports

Research Description

Stabilized High-Organic Material through Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP)
The purpose of this research is to use Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) to evaluate cementation effects in high-organic material. Soils that contain a high organic matter content are often not used as a basis for any type of project due to their low shear strength and high compressibility. Time and natural processes cause the organic matter to decompose and the soil to settle, thus, cracking foundations and requiring repairs. As a result, any high organic matter soils found usually have to be completely removed and replaced, which is often not a feasible solution. MICP is a way to biologically enhance soil stability without requiring excavation.