I received my PhD in 2012 from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for the design of an active deployable tensegrity structure. From 2012 to 2014, I joined Princeton University as Postdoctoral Researcher for the Form-Finding Lab. Since January 2015, I am an Assistant Professor at Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University of Miami. My research interests include tensegrity structures; adaptive, sensory and active structures; form finding and analysis of structures; structural design and optimization; space engineering and construction; resilience and sustainability; and computer-aided engineering.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in pursuing a collaboration.



2015-Present, Assistant Professor

University of Miami


2012-2014, Post-Doc

Princeton University


2008-2012, Ph.D.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


2006-2008, M.Sc.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


2002-2006, B.Sc.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Funded Research Projects

Research Interests

Tensegrity structures

Adaptation and green/gray infrastructure


Adaptive, sensory and active structures


Form finding and analysis of structures


Structural design and optimization

Space engineering and construction


Dynamics and controls

Resilience and sustainability


Computer-aided engineering

06/2022 - 05/2027: REEFS (Reef Engineering to Enhance Future Structures), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (SP)

05/2022 - 04/2025: Analysis, Comparison and Experimental Investigation of Hurricane Wind, Storm-Surge and Wave Load Models, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (PI)

05/2022 - 04/2025: Enhancing Windstorm Resilience of Coastal Communities through Ultra-High Performance Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer Concrete Seawalls, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (Co-PI)

01/2022-12/2022: Wahoo Bay SEAHIVE™: A Real-World Experiment of Green Engineering Shoreline Protection, University of Miami Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge (PI)

01/2022-12/2022: Multidimensional Resilience of Port Miami: Collaborative Engagement, Interdisciplinary Assessment, and an Educational “Port Hub”, University of Miami Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge (Co-PI)

01/2022-12/2022: Engineering Corals for Climate Change Resilience, University of Miami Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge (Co-PI)


09/2020-08/2022: Climate and Equity Mapping Platform (CAMP), JPMorgan Chase Foundation (SP)

01/2020-12/2022: Enhancing the Resilience and Climate Readiness of South Florida’s Most Vulnerable and Valuable Shorelines Through Coral Reef Restoration: From Coral Colonies to Coastlines (FL), National Coastal Resilience Fund 2019, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) (Co-PI)

01/2019-04/2022: SEAHIVE - Sustainable Estuarine and Marine Revetment, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) (PI)

10/2019-12/2021: Phase II - Identifying, prioritizing, and validating green infrastructure approaches to enhance coastal resilience, University of Miami Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge (Co-PI)


09/2018-08/2020: Housing Resiliency and a Sustainable South Florida, JPMorgan Chase Foundation (SP)

01/2018-08/2018: Phase I - Enhancing resilience and reducing vulnerability of our coastal communities through ecological restoration: The role of green infrastructure in reducing wave energy and mitigating the impacts of climatic hazards, University of Miami Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge (Co-PI)

01/2017-12/2018: A Human-Centered Computational Framework for Urban and Community Design of Resilient Coastal Cities, NSF CRISP Type 1/Collaborative Research (PI)

08/2016-07/2017: Tensegrity Modules for Shape Control and Locomotion through Simulation and Physical Rapid Prototyping, Florida Space Research Program (PI)