How to Be Outstanding During Your Graduate Research With Dr. Lantsoght

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Dr. Lantsoght graduated with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 2008. She later earned a Master's degree in Structural Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) in 2009 and the title of Doctor in Structural Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft, the Netherlands) in 2013. In the academic field, Dr. Lantsoght is a full professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Quito, Ecuador) and a tenured assistant professor at Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft, Netherlands).

The industry experience of Dr. Lantsoght includes design work in structural and bridge engineering in Belgium (Establis, and Ney & Partners) and working as an independent consultant in structural engineering in Ecuador (Adstren). Dr. Lantsoght is an active member of the technical committees of the Transportation Research Board in Concrete Bridges (AKB-30) and the Secretary of Testing and Evaluation of Transportation Structures (AKB- 40).

She is a member of the technical committees of the American Concrete Institute and Deutscher Ausschuß für Stahlbeton Shear Databases (ACI-DAfStb-445-D), incoming Secretary of the joint ACI-ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) committee on Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs (ACI-ASCE 421), Vice Chair of the Committee on Torsion (ACI 445-E) and a member of the ACI Committees on Evaluation of Concrete Bridges and Concrete Bridge Elements (ACI 342) and on Shear and Torsion (ACI-ASCE 445), as well as an associate member of the Committee on Strength Evaluation of Existing Concrete Structures (ACI 437). Her field of research is the design and analysis of concrete structures and analysis of existing bridges.
In addition, she is the editor and main author of the PhD Talk blog, co-host of the PhD Talk podcast, and author of several advice books for PhD candidates.

What you will learn in this episode

  • What to consider before going to graduate school
  • The difference between a masters and PhD program
  • Dr. Lantsoght experience as an international student doing a PhD program in the US
  • The difference of research and culture between the US, Netherlands, and Ecuador
  • The tools she uses to keep her life in order
  • What strategies she use to boost productivity as a professor and researcher


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