Meredith Lochhead is interested in how structural engineering can be applied to natural disaster prevention and response. Specifically, Lochhead is working with Professor Kijewski- Correa to develop a model that can be used to predict structural damage from a hurricane before it happens. Lochhead is creating logic rules that will help govern the simulation with the hope of helping to create a model that will allow for more effective preparation and response to natural disasters around the world.
During the spring of 2019, Lochhead received a grant from the First Year of Studies to conduct a research trip in London, alongside two peers. Under the mentorship of Professor Eileen Hunt Botting, Lochhead studied various portrait representations of Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneering feminist who lived in the late 1700s. In addition to that, Lochhead is a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, through which she received funding to conduct a two-month service project in San José, Costa Rica during the summer of 2019.