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 & Environmental 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


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

01/01/ 2020 - 12/31/ 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)

01/2019-12/2021: SEAHIVE - Sustainable Estuarine and Marine Revetment, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) (PI)

10/2019-09/2020: 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 Chace Foundation (Co-PI)

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)