Team Members



Ph.D. Candidate 2019

Originally from Tunisia, Omar graduated from Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie (EPT) in 2015 as an interdisciplinary engineer with a major in Mechanics and Structures (MEST) after conducting an 8-month graduation project at KAUST University, Saudi Arabia. Since January 2016 he is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering. His research work focuses on a novel bio-inspired form-finding approach for tensegrity structures.


Mohammad Reza GHIASIAN

Ph.D. Candidate 2021

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 form finding and design 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 2021

Originally from Miami Florida, Brianna is an undergraduate student pursuing a B. Sc. in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Spanish. Her research thus far has focused on the presence of antibiotic resistance genes in treated wastewater. She is now working as a undergraduate research assistant, focusing on the design and analysis of coastal structures with emphasis on sustainability.



B. Sc. in Civil Engineering 2022

Originally from Dania Beach Florida, Jan is an undergraduate student pursuing a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. His research as an undergraduate assistant focuses on modifying the cell-decomposition algorithm related with the morphogenesis of tensegrity systems so that it maximizes the number of cells while minimizing the numbers of other unicellular organisms.


Piermaria CAPONI

Visiting Student 2019

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.


B. Sc. in Civil Engineering & Marine Science 2022

Originally from Bass Harbor Maine, Drew is an undergraduate student at the University of Miami pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a secondary major in Marine Science and a minor in Math. Drew is assisting in the NCHRP IDEA project on the development of the SEAHIVE seawall system, as well as in other projects related with coastal structures. 

Former Members


Riccardo BARICCI



Zachary OTTEN


Jessica FLORES


Samantha MOREL