Team Members


Mohammad Reza GHIASIAN

Ph.D. Candidate 2022

Originally from Iran, Mohammad graduated from University of Tehran in 2018 with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and since May 2018 he is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering. His research focuses on the morphogenesis of efficient and ecofriendly  coastal structures, as well as the role of green infrastructure such as coral reefs on storm surge and waves.


B. Sc. in Environmental Engineering 2023

Originally from Wilmington Delaware, Claire is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering. She is now working as an undergraduate research assistant, focusing on the design of efficient and ecofriendly coastal structures as well as the role of green infrastructure such as coral reefs on storm surge and waves.


Piermaria CAPONI

Ph.D. Candidate 2021

Originally from Italy, Piermaria graduated from University of Rome "La Sapienza" with a B.Sc./M.Sc in Architectural Engineering and a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from NYU - Tandon School of Engineering. Since October 2017, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Engineering - Architecture and Urban Planning - focusing on the dialectic form finding of buildings during the conceptual phase.


Ph.D. Candidate 2024

Originally from Iran, Tara graduated from the Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2019 with a M.Sc. in Structural Engineering and since February  2020 is a Ph.D. candidate in Structural Engineering at EPFL. Her research focuses on developing FRP bending-active load-bearing structures for temporary or permanent building roof structures, vertical axis wind turbines, rockfall and avalanche barriers.


M.P.S. in Tropical Marine Ecology 2021

Originally from Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Ayla graduated from the University of Florida in May of 2020 with a B.Sc. in Biological/Biosystems Engineering. She is now pursuing a Professional Master's degree in Tropical Marine Ecology. Her research focuses on selected aspects on the research and development of green/gray infrastructure systems focusing at the intersection of theoretical and practical aspects of tropical marine ecology with engineering knowledge.


M.P.S. in Coastal Zone Management 2021

Originally from Indiana, Hanna graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2020 with a B.A. in Marine Science & Conservation and is pursuing her M.P.S. in Coastal Zone Management. Her research focuses on investigating ecological impacts on coastlines brought on by the exploitation of natural resources and urban development, and incentivizing lawful practices at a corporate level through the commodification of externalities. 


Emily ASHE

M.P.S. in Coastal Zone Management 2021

Originally from Fairfax Virginia, Emily graduated from Eckerd College with a B.Sc. in Marine Science and a minor in Sustainability in 2020. She is now a graduate student pursuing an M.P.S. in Coastal Zone Management. Her research has focused on mangrove ecology in restored and created mangrove sites in Tampa Bay, Florida. She is currently investigating green/gray systems that include mangroves.

Former Members

Ph.D. Students and Visiting Scholars


Dr. Omar ALOUI

Ph.D. Student


Fulbright Scholar

Graduate Students and/or Research Assistants


Riccardo BARICCI

Zachary OTTEN


Samantha MOREL




Undergraduate Students and/or Research Assistants




Jessica FLORES