Current PhD Students
Pablo is a PhD candidate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Pablo received his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering at The University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez.
Pablo’s PhD research investigates new ways to retrofit old concrete buildings and applications of shape memory alloys in structural engineering. He also has a keen interest in automation of design/analysis processes for civil engineering projects. While finishing his PhD, Pablo works as a structural analyst at Arup’s Advanced Technology + Research group in New York. In his spare time, Pablo enjoys sports and athletic activities, playing guitar, and exploring the wide variety of cuisines New York City has to offer.
Research: Cost-Benefit Analyses for Seismic Retrofit of Nonductile Concrete Buildings
Sujith Mangalathu is a PhD scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta. His research is focused on the problems in performance based grouping of structures for regional risk assessment, statistical decisions that supports post-earthquake response and infrastructure resilience.
Further, he also dabbles in biomedical engineering research, especially in the area of big-data analysis and is collaborating with neurologists to assess the upper extremity performance of stroke patients.
He is also a member of the SEI-ASCE’s Task Group 3 (TG3) on the risk assessment of structural and infrastructural systems. He has a MS degree in Earthquake Engineering from Rose School, Italy and EPFL Switzerland. Currently, he is leading the EERI and SEI chapters at Georgia Tech.
He attends independent film festivals and have an active passion for movies. He also plays football and do hikes in his free time.
Research: Response of CA Bridges in Earthquakes
Nan Gao is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Tongji University in 2008. After that, he worked as a structural engineer in China for five years. In 2012, he became a registered structural engineer in China. In 2013, he started his graduate studies at Georgia Tech.
His major research interest is the application of shape memory alloys in earthquake engineering and blast protection. Nan is currently carrying out experimental research at the Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Reginald DesRoches and Dr. Lauren Stewart.
Research: Experimental Testing of Strain Rate Dependency of Shape Memory Alloy Materials under Quasistatic and Dynamic Loading
Farahnaz is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her Master’s degrees from Tufts University and Georgia Tech.
Her Ph.D. work in the Natural Hazards Mitigation Research Group under the supervision of Dr. DesRoches focuses on the fragility analysis of California bridges.
In general, her research interests include seismic probabilistic assessment, multi-hazards analysis, structural reliability, finite element analysis, structural damage identification, and performance of advanced materials for structures.
She enjoys baking, jogging, and playing music in her spare time.
Research: Fragility of California Bridges: Development of Modification Factors
La Sasha Walker
Research: Application of Recycled Concrete Aggregate in Seismic Design of Buildings
Past PhD Students
Dr.Tim Wright (2015)
MS Student in Data Analytics, GT
Dr. Laura Redmond (2014)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
Prof. Jong-Su Jeon (2013)
Andong University, Seoul, Korea
Dr. Berk Taftali (2007)
Dr. Walter Yang (2006)
Research Engineer II
Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA