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  • April 2023: Luis Ceferino leads a team with cross-disciplinary expertise in engineering and emergency medicine to do field reconnaissance in Turkey after the devastating M 7.8 and 7.7. earthquakes. The team focused on emergency response systems, including hospitals, search and rescue operations, and patient mobilizations. 

  • April 2023: Luis Ceferino participates as a panelist in the Discussion "Opportunities to Contribute to Earthquake Reconnaissance" at the EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He also presents lightning talks inviting EERI members to join the EERI Learning from Earthquake's Subcommittee on Public Health.

  • February 2023: Azin Ghaffary joins our CUSP as a Faculty Fellow. Se will work with our group on wind engineering and risk analysis. She joins after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno, in Civil and Environmental Engineering and working as a consultant at Exponent. Welcome!

  • January 2023: Luis Ceferino is re-appointed as co-chair of the EERI Learning from Earthquake's Subcommittee on Public Health to bridge gaps between earthquake engineering and public health research.


  • November 2022: Our research group hosted a workshop with multiple stakeholders of the FloodNet Initiative, including researchers, emergency responders, city officers, and risk and flood specialists. We brainstormed areas that should be prioritized to deploy 500 sensors for hyper-local flooding in NYC to enhance climate resilience. 

  • October 2022: Luis Ceferino spent four days surveying damage in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, after Hurricane Ian with StEER. 

  • July 2022: Luis Ceferino presents the research "Hospital System Response to Earthquakes in the COVID-19 Pandemic" and "Effective Policies for Hospital Systems during an Earthquake Emergency Response" at the 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Salt Lake City, UT. He also chaired the session "Addressing the Public Health and Healthcare Impacts of Earthquakes"

  • June 2022: Charalampos Avraam presents our research on "Critical Infrastructures Resilience Against Compound Cyber-Physical Threats" at the 2022 Macro-Energy Systems Workshop hosted by Stanford University

  • June 2022: Carlos Mesta joins our group as a visiting Ph.D. student. He is a Ph.D. student at the Scuola Universitaria Superiore (IUSS) Pavia, in the Understanding and Managing Extremes Graduate School. Welcome!

  • April 2022: Prateek Arora is awarded the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)'s Fellowship for 2022-23. This is an international recognition that supports his research plans. Congratulations (see award ceremony)! 

  • March 2022: We are excited to announce our C2SMART grant to build a digital twin of NYC to assess flood risks and inform an impact-based deployment of FloodNet sensors. NYC is planning to deploy 500 sensors across the city over the next 5 years for climate resilience.

  • February 2022: Luis Ceferino presents the research "Community Resilience through Microgrids and Solar Generation to Earthquakes and Hurricanes" at the ASCE Lifelines Conference 2021-2022 (link to video).

  • January 2022: Luis Ceferino is elected the co-chair of the EERI Learning from Earthquake's Subcommittee on Public Health to bridge gaps between earthquake engineering and public health research.


  • November 2021: Luis Ceferino presents "Earthquake Resilience of Hospital Systems" and “Modern Power System’s Resilience” at the University College of London, England.

  • November 2021: Luis Ceferino participates in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the NYU official delegation.

  • September 2021: Charalampos Avraam joins our group as a Smart Cities Postdoctoral Associate at CUSP. He will also work with Prof. Yury Dvorkin and Ramesh Karri. He joins after finishing his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in Civil and Systems Engineering. Welcome!

  • July 2021: Luis Ceferino and Yury Dvorkin, from the NYU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the NYU Climate Change Seed Funding for the project entitled "Data-Driven Testbed for Studying Urban Energy Resiliency under Climate Change".

  • May 2021: Yvonne Merino joins our group as a visiting Ph.D. student. She is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Welcome!

  • April 2021: Luis Ceferino presents his work on hospital system modeling in the "Critical Healthcare Infrastructure & Operational Modeling" workshop at Johns Hopkins University.

  • January 2021: Prateek Arora joins our research group as a Ph.D. student. He holds an M.S. degree in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from BITS Pilani, India. Welcome!

  • January 2021: Luis Ceferino joins New York University to start a tenure-track assistant professorship. Luis joins NYU from Princeton Univerisity, where he was a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 2019.

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