Rodrigo Silva-Lopez
PhD (c) in Civil Engineering

I am Rodrigo Silva-Lopez, a PhD Candidate working under the supervision of Jack W. Baker at Stanford University. My work focuses on managing complex transportation systems to improve their resilience against natural disasters, specifically against earthquakes.

I envision a world in which natural hazards do not become natural disasters. I hope that we will learn how to live in this world without being afraid of suffering major consequences of natural disasters, and that the vulnerability of our cities and our communities will not be the result of social inequalities.

Academic Interests

Throughout my PhD I have focused my efforts on developing an understanding of the following topics:

  • Earthquake engineering.

  • Natural catastrophe modeling.

  • Risk assessment of critical infrastructure.

  • Regional regional disaster management.

  • Development of people-centric metrics in disaster engineering.

  • Optimization under uncertainty.

  • Machine learning.

  • Artificial intelligence.

  • Decision making.

Personal commitments in Academia

I have been lucky in my life. Through the opportunities I have been given, and the work of people that surrounds me, I have been provided with resources to pursue the highest levels of education. Considering this, I have a strong commitment to give back to the community that has put their faith in my personal development. The values that I embrace as a researcher are:

1- Developing research focused on providing solutions to marginalized communities. This is particularly important in disaster research, where we are faced with making public policies that directly affect vulnerable members of our community.

2- Embracing diversity. I strongly believe that it is our duty to embrace diversity in Academia as a way to compensate for historical marginalization. All genders, sexual orientations, races, nationalities and religions should have equitable access to academic opportunities.

3- Promoting science outreach. Access to knowledge is scarce and elitist, which is highly problematic. As a young researcher I think that science should be accessible to all people


February 2022

I presented my work on Corridors at the 2022 LIfelines Conference

January 2022

My work in deep learning application on building recovery models was distinguished as an Outstanding Project of the Deep Learning class at Stanford University

October 2021

I presented my work in Corridors at the HayWired Volume 3 Rollout

October 2021

My research was presented at the 17th World Conference in Earthquake Engineering by Prof. Jack Baker.

September 2021

My work about neural networks was featured by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center newsletter.

August 2021

I presented my work on neural networks at the PEER Researchers' workshop.

June 2021

I became part of the PEER students council.

September 2020

My research was presented at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center Researchers' workshop by Professor Jack Baker.

June 2020

I successfully presented the research proposal for my PhD Dissertation, passing my general qualification exam.

March 2020

I became part of the Student Board of the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative.

March 2020

My work in bridge Corridors was featured in the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center newsletter.

June 2019

I obtained my Master's Degree in Civil Engineering at Stanford University.