Dr. Faxi Yuan - Postdoctoral Associate

Discovery Lead on Smart Resilience Thrust

Faxi is a Postdoctoral researcher in the UrbanResilience.AI lab. He received his Ph.D. degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida. Prior to the doctoral study, he obtained his master’s degree in Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation from Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Southeast University in China. His research interests concentrate on artificial intelligence for social and infrastructure resilience, and IoT-enabled smart and intelligent infrastructures. In the recreation time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and watching England Premier League matches as a Kopite.  

Chao Fan- Ph.D. Student

Discovery Lead on Urban Intelligence/Computing Thrust

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.

Qingchun Li- Ph.D. Student

Discovery Lead on Urban Complexity/Dynamics

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.

Amir Esmalian- Ph.D. Student

Discovery  Area: Equitable Resilience/Smart Resilience

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 systems. 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

Discovery Area: Human-centric/Equitable Resilience 

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

Discovery Area: AI for Flood Resilience

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.

Xinyu (Vincent) Gao- Ph.D. Student

Discovery Lead on Human Mobility Networks 

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.

Natalie Coleman- Ph.D. Student

Discovery Area: Equitable Resilience/Smart Resilience

Natalie will start her Ph.D. in Fall 2020 as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She is curremtly 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. 

Akhil Rajput- Ph.D. Student 

Discovery Area: Urban Complexity/Dynamics

Akhil will start his Ph.D. in Fall 2020. Prior to his Ph.D., He was an undergraduate student in the Urban Resilience Lab in Summer 2019. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering with honours at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. His research interests lies at the intersection of urban resilience, complex networks, and data science. In his leisure time, he likes to solve the Rubik's cube (2×2, 3×3, 4×4) and play chess.

Tamarah Ridha - Ph.D. Student

Discovery Area: Human-Centric Resilience

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.

Tianbo Yu- MS Student

Discovery Area: AI for Flood Resilience

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 

Discovery Area: Urban Intelligence

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

Discovery Area: Urban Intelligence

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.

Alex Jiang- MS Student

Discovery Area: Urban Intelligence

Xiangqi is a Master of Science student in Computer Science at Texas A&M University. She joined the research team in Spring 2020 and works as a graduate research assistant. She received her Bachelor degree in Xi’an Jiaotong University. Her research interests lie in Machine Learning and Social Networks. In her free time, Xiangqi loves reading, cooking and playing the piano.

Wanqiu (Fiona) Wang- MS Student

Discovery Area: Smart Resilience

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.

Sanghyeon Lee - MS Student

Discovery Area: Smart Resilience

Sanghyeon is a Master of Science student in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He joined the research group in Spring 2020 as an Aggie Civic Analytics Fellow . He holds a Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from Gangneung-Wonju National University where he graduated with honor. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in three ML research and was a teaching assistant in various programming courses. His research interests lie in Explainable AI and data analysis. In his free time, he enjoys trail running and watching movies.

Xin Xiao- MS Student

Discovery Area: Urban Dynamics

Xin is an incoming Master of Engineering student in Computer Engineering this fall. She worked in Dr. Mostafavi's AggieChallenge team in Spring 2020 to produce a web application that integrated and visualized urban flooding data from social media sources. She has technical interests in data analysis, software engineering, and machine learning.

Bora Oztekin - Undergraduate Researcher

Discovery Area: Smart Resilience

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.

Evelyn Tang - Undergraduate Researcher

Discovery Area: Urban Dynamics 

Evelyn is a civic analytic fellow and undergraduate researcher at the Urban Resilience Lab. She is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Applied Math at Texas A&M University. She had an internship in 2019 summer working on a NLP project using machine learning. She is passionate about machine learning and deep learning.

Cristian Podesta - Undergraduate Researcher

Discovery Area: Smart Resilience

Cristian is an undergraduate civil engineering honors student at Texas A&M University. Cristian has a passion for urban development and resilience and hopes to make a profound impact on this field of research. He currently works as an Academic Peer Mentor at the University where he serves as an academic coach to new students.

Sara Garcia- Undergraduate Researcher

Discovery Area: Equitable Resilience

Sara is an undergraduate civil engineering & project management student here at Texas A&M University. She began her research at the UrbanResilience.AI Lab in January of 2020. She conducts research on disaster data computation and analytics with the social media and well-being disparity group. She has been involved in the SWELites leadership program and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Her passions include learning new languages, spending time with friends and family, and traveling the world.

Ronald Lee- Undergraduate Researcher

Discovery Area: Urban Intelligence

Ronald is a Civil Analytics Fellow and undergraduate researcher in the Urban Resilience Lab. He is currently pursuing a major in Computer Science at Texas A&M University, and has a strong interest in data analytics. His research primarily focuses on building social and spatial networks to map different types of interactions.
In his free time, Ronald likes to read, play guitar, and play basketball

Miguel Esparza - Undergraduate Researcher

Discovery Area: Equitable Resilience

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.

Jared DeLeon- Undergraduate Researcher

Discovery Area: Human Mobility Networks

Jared is an Undergraduate Computer Engineering student at Texas A&M University and a Civic Analytic Fellow at the Urban Resilience Lab.  He has a strong passion in software engineering, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He is also a Peer Teacher at Computer Science and Engineering department since Fall 2019 and joined the Urban Resilience Lab in Spring 2020 when he learned about the efforts being made to help our community by doing civic analytics research.

Luciana DeSouza- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lab Alumni 

Jin Zhu - Former Ph.D. Student

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

Shangjia Dong- Former Post-doc

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware

Mostafa Batouli- Former Ph.D. Student

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

Yucheng Jiang - Former Undergraduate Researcher 

Current Position: Graduate Student at Cornell University

Ankit Ramchandani- Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Current Position: Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon

Alex Berke - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kambiz Rasoulkhani-Former Ph.D. Student 

Current Position: Asset Management Analyst, Hazen and Sawyer

Taeho Kim - Former Undergraduate Researcher 

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at Caltech

Beatriz Azevedo - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shashwat Mehta - Former Graduate Research Assistant

Current Position: Software Developer at Amazon

Allen Llodra - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alex Inman- Former Graduate Research Assistant

Parul Srivastava - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Patrick Foucauld - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hadi Nazarnia - Former Graduate Student

Isabel McKnight - Former Undergraduate Research Assistant

Cheng Zhang-Former Post-doc

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Science, Purdue University Northwest

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