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.
Throughout my PhD I have focused my efforts on developing an understanding of the following topics:
Natural catastrophe modeling.
Risk assessment of critical infrastructure.
Regional regional disaster management.
Development of people-centric metrics in disaster engineering.
Optimization under uncertainty.
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