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Dr. Cheng Zhang - Postdoctoral Associate

Discovery Lead on Disaster Informatics Thrust

Cheng is a Postdoctoral researcher in Civil Engineering. He joined our research group in Spring 2018. He holds a Bachelor degree in Thermos energy and power engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also obtained his Master degree in Navigation, Guidance, and Control from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He got his Ph.D. degree in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable engineering from Arizona State University. In his spare time (if any :D), he enjoys cooking, music with different genres, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Shangjia Dong - Postdoctoral Associate

Discovery Lead on Network Dynamics of Interdependent Systems Thrust

Shangjia is a Postdoctoral researcher in our lab. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering, minor in Computer Sciences from Oregon State University. Prior to the graduate study, he obtained his dual bachelor degrees in information and computational science and Finance from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. His research interests focus on network robustness, resilience, and interdependency behavior and artificial intelligence in infrastructure. Apart from academia, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing tennis.

Kambiz Rasoulkhani - Ph.D. Student

Kambiz is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. He joined our research group in spring 2016 as a research assistant. He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology where he graduated with honor. During his undergraduate studies, Kambiz participated in multiple research studies and also was a teaching assistant in various construction engineering course. Kambiz research interests include sustainable and resilient infrastructure and system-of-systems modeling. When he is not busy doing research, Kambiz enjoys playing and watching soccer and reading poem.

Qingchun Li- Ph.D. Student

Qingchun is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. He joined the research group in fall 2017 as a research assistant. He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and Master Degree in Structural Engineering from Tongji University. After graduated from Tongji University, he worked as a structural engineer for more than seven years. Qingchun's research interests include community resilience and complex network dynamics. When he is not busy doing research, he enjoys reading, running and classic music.

Chao Fan- Ph.D. Student

Chao is a Ph.D. student in Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. He joined the  research group in Fall 2017 and is currently working as a graduate research assistant. Chao received his Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at China University of Mining and Technology and graduated with an Excellent Graduate Award. He has ever received many awards during his undergraduate studies, such as Excellent Thesis Award in National Undergraduate Student Forum in Civil Engineering. He got his Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering at University of California, Davis in one year. His academic interests lie in big data analytics in smart and resilient infrastructure systems, and dynamic network analytics in post-disaster response. In his free time, Chao enjoys reading, swimming and traveling.

Amir Esmalian- Ph.D. Student

Amir is a Ph.D. student in construction engineering management at Texas A&M University. He joined the group in Fall 2017 as a research assistant. Amir received his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. His research interests lie in community resilience and infrastructure network dynamics. He hopes his research work could serve people and be a part of the movement toward creating a better world. In his free time, he plays guitar, sings, and he reads poets. 

Jennifer Dargin - Ph.D. Student

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. She joined our research group in spring 2019 as a research assistant. She holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where she researched public health issues related to water security in the Middle East. Jennifer’s Ph.D. research focuses on human-centric aspects of resilience in infrastructure systems to improve community well-being. When she is not in the lab, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and their 4 adopted children (3 rabbits and 1 cat), learning languages, and traveling the world.

Hamed Farahmand- Ph.D. Student

Tamarah Ridha- Ph.D. Student

Tamarah is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. She joined the research group in Spring 2017. Tamarah completed her Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and Master degree in Structural Engineering at Al-Mustansiryia University in Iraq. She has 1 year of experience as a planning engineer. Tamarah received a scholarship from HCED (Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq) to study a doctoral degree in Construction Engineering and Management in the United States since she was one of the elite students in her country. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and painting.

Sheshwat Mehta - MS Student

Shashwat is pursuing his Master's degree from the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Pulchowk Campus, in Nepal. After working for two years as a professional software engineer, he joined TAMU and the urban resilience lab in Fall 2018 as a graduate mentor for AggieChallenge project. His interests lie in AI-driven data analytics, and technologies to make data more understandable and accessible to all. In his spare time, Shashwat enjoys catching up on latest tech, music and trying new food.

Xinyu (Vincent) Gao- Ph.D. Student

Vincent is a Ph.D. student majoring in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. He joined the  research group in Fall 2019 as a research assistant. Gao gained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Civil Engineering at Tongji University at 2016 and 2019. In 2014, he had a non-degree exchange studies experience in Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany. He also has received Study Scholarship during his undergraduate studies. Gao's research areas include complex network modeling and urban informatics for resilience modeling. After working, he enjoys singing and movies.

Dr. Shangjia Dong - Postdoctoral Associate

Discovery Lead on Network Dynamics of Interdependent Systems Thrust

Shangjia is a Postdoctoral researcher in our lab. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering, minor in Computer Sciences from Oregon State University. Prior to the graduate study, he obtained his dual bachelor degrees in information and computational science and Finance from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. His research interests focus on network robustness, resilience, and interdependency behavior and artificial intelligence in infrastructure. Apart from academia, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing tennis.

Kambiz Rasoulkhani - Ph.D. Student

Kambiz is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. He joined our research group in spring 2016 as a research assistant. He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology where he graduated with honor. During his undergraduate studies, Kambiz participated in multiple research studies and also was a teaching assistant in various construction engineering course. Kambiz research interests include sustainable and resilient infrastructure and system-of-systems modeling. When he is not busy doing research, Kambiz enjoys playing and watching soccer and reading poem.

Qingchun Li- Ph.D. Student

Qingchun is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. He joined the research group in fall 2017 as a research assistant. He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and Master Degree in Structural Engineering from Tongji University. After graduated from Tongji University, he worked as a structural engineer for more than seven years. Qingchun's research interests include community resilience and complex network dynamics. When he is not busy doing research, he enjoys reading, running and classic music.

Chao Fan- Ph.D. Student

Hamed is a PhD student in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. He joined the Urban Resilience, Networks, and Informatics Lab  in Fall 2018 and works as a graduate research assistant. Hamed received his bachelor in Civil Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. He received his Master of Science degree from Sharif University of Technology. His research focuses on urban resilience and modeling complex network of networks. In his free time, Hamed enjoys reading, cooking, and watching movies.

Tianbo Yu- MS Student

Tianbo is a Master student in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He joined the research team in Spring 2019 and works as a graduate research assistant. He received his Bachelor degree in Telecommunication Engineering at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. His research interests lie in Probability Model and Machine Learning. In his free time, Tianbo enjoys cooking and listening to music.

Yang Yang - MS Student

Yang is an undergraduate computer science honors student at Texas A&M University who is interested in data science related researches. Yang has previously worked in Dr. Mostafavi's AggieChallenge team for developing a disaster resilience web-service and is currently working on disaster informatics and community resilience research at the Lab. In his spare time, Yang likes to listen to music and hangout with friends.

Fangsheng Wu- MS Student

Fangsheng is a Master of Science student in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He joined the research team in Fall 2019 and works as a graduate research assistant. He received his Bachelor degree in Electronic Information Engineering at Wuhan University. His research interests lie in ML approaches on Data Science in interdisciplinary fields. During leasure time, Fangsheng enjoys playing piano, racing driving as well as meditating.

Wanqiu (Fiona) Wang- MS Student

Wanqiu (Fiona) is a Master of Science student in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. She joined the research team in Fall 2019 and works as a graduate research assistant. She received her Bachelor degree in Electronic Information Engineering at Dalian Maritime University. She is currently working on Complex Modeling research at the Urban Resilience Lab.  In her free time, Wanqiu enjoys traveling around and reading.

Natalie Coleman - Undergraduate Researcher

Natalie is an undergraduate civil engineering honors student at Texas A&M University. She is interested in learning more about the interaction between the environment and the respective surrounding community. She currently works as a writing consultant for the University Writing Center and is an executive officer for the ASPIRE student organization, which is a mentorship program for incoming freshmen. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys working on her creative writing projects and practicing her singing. 

Miguel Esparza - Undergraduate Researcher

Miguel is an undergraduate structural engineering student at Texas A&M University. He is interested in making buildings more resilient towards natural disasters. He currently works for the academic success center as a Supplemental instruction leader and tutor. He is an executive officer for Memorial Student Center Freshmen Leadership International which molds freshmen into global minded leaders and bring international awareness to campus. In his spare time he enjoys going to the movies with friends, reading, and playing video games.

Bora Oztekin - Undergraduate Researcher

Bora is a freshman in the College of Engineering intending to study Computer Science. As he learned more about natural disasters and discovered that relief organizations took great interest in the work of the research group, he was inspired to join the Urban Resilience Lab in Fall 2019. Bora’s research focuses on creating versatile models from our data using data science tools. He is also interested in machine learning and natural language processing and looks forward to being a part of its application in the lab. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, working out, and volunteering.

Melanie Beattie - Undergraduate Researcher

Melanie Beattie is a freshman in engineering who is looking into majoring in Civil Engineering.

In high school, Melanie was invited to represent the United States in an International Summer Softball Tour.

Because of her academic commitment, she received a scholarship called Brownsville Scholars which has given her many opportunities to expand in social networking skills to traveling around the country. In our lab, her research focuses on assessment of the interaction between people and infrastructure during disasters. In her free time, Melanie enjoys to workout, volunteer her time at her church and listen to music.

Alexandra Berk - Undergraduate Researcher

Alex is a summer 2019 undergraduate researcher visiting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she is entering her senior year in general civil engineering. In July, she will present her research at the Urban Water Innovation Network annual meeting, the program through which she was able to come to Texas A&M for the summer. She hopes to pursue a career in sustainability and is specifically interested in water resources. In her spare time, Alex enjoys going on walks and bike rides, listening to podcasts, and writing in her journal. 

Akhil Rajput - Undergraduate Researcher

Akhil is an undergraduate student of civil engineering with honours at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. He joined our research group in the last week of May as a research intern. His research focuses on examining social networks dynamics in disaster response. He currently is exploring different topics in his field to narrow down his research interests. In his leisure time, he likes to solve the Rubik's cube (2×2, 3×3, 4×4) and play chess.

Lab Alumni Members

Jin Zhu - Former Ph.D. Student

Current position: Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut

Hadi Nazarnia- Former Graduate Research Assistant

Brianne Logasa- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Gianny Romero- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tania Dillon- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Geeticka Chauhan- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Allen Llodra - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alex Inman- Former Graduate Research Assistant

Mostafa Batouli- Former Ph.D. Student

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, The Citadel

Peeraya Inyim - Former Postdoc

Beatriz Azevedo - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nupoor Pachekar- Former Graduate Research Assistant

Luciana DeSouza- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Timothy Libre- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Patrick Foucauld - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Taeho Kim - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Parul Srivastava - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Isabel McKnight - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

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