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Bio

My research is focused on modeling natural disaster risk and understanding the impact of disasters on society. I am fascinated with the modeling and communication of uncertainty as it relates to disaster risk, and the translation of resilience science into policy. I have an academic background in earthquake sciences and engineering, predictive modeling, machine learning, geostatistics and other tools that I use to attempt novel and impactful research to promote resilient societies. I hold a bachelor’s degree from MIT (2007), master’s degree from UC. Berkeley (2010) and a PhD from Stanford (2015).

I am also a consultant for the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), with who I worked in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for two years following the Jan 2010 earthquake, and in Nepal following the April 2015 earthquake. I am a visiting faculty at the Understanding and Managing Extremes graduate school in Italy. I am a co-founding member of ResilientUrbanism.org.

Academic Positions

Education

  • Ph.D. 2015

    Stanford University

    Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and Geomechanics - Focus on Mathematics of Disaster Risk

  • M.Sc. 2010

    U.C. Berkeley

    M.Sc. in Structural Engineering - Focus on Earthquake Engineering

  • B.Sc. 2007

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    B.Sc. in Civil & Environmental Engineering ; Minor in Urban Studies & Planning

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2014
    Google Earth Engine Research Award
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    Research funds awarded to support work using Google’s Earth Engine analysis platform for rapid high-resolution earthquake risk analysis at urban and regional scales.
  • 2013
    Development Impact Honors Award - Haiti Post-Disaster Damage Assessment
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    I developed and coordinated a World Bank project to evaluate damage following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The project led to the engineering evaluation of over 400,000 buildings in 6 months, and was instrumental in promoting the recovery of Port-au-Prince. Awarded by the United States Treasury, the award recognizes the “highest standard in development” undertaken by multi-lateral development organizations. This prestigious award is provided to only a single project by each multi-lateral development organization. The award was accepted by World Bank President Jim Kim from US Congressman Eliott Engel.

    See Press Release and CNN news coverage of the project.

  • 2013
    California Seismic Safety Commission Grant
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    Co-wrote with the Global Earthquake Model foundation a successful grant proposal to research and model the earthquake recovery of cities.
  • 2012
    Shah Family Graduate Fellowship on Catastrophic Risk
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    Fellowship awarded for research on catastrophic risk.
  • 2012
    NSF Grant – Urban Disaster Risk Forecasting
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    Successfully applied for NSF grant for 3-year funding for research to forecast disaster risk in rapidly changing urban environments.
  • 2011
    John A. Blume Graduate Fellowship for Earthquake Engineering
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    Fellowship for research in earthquake engineering and risk reduction.
  • 2011
    World Bank Vice Presidency Unit Award - Haiti Post-Disaster Response
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    Awarded provided to the World Bank team based in Haiti for work on post-disaster damage assessment and recovery planning.
  • 2008
    P.K. Mehta Fellowship - U.C. Berkeley
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    Fellowship awarded for research on earthquake resistant materials.