O M A R I S S A
⇒ goal: enhance the resilience of our built environment
Welcome to my website!
I am a graduate student at Stanford University, currently pursuing a PhD in the Structural Engineering and Geomechanics Program (SEG) with interests in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE), urban resilience, and disaster risk management.
To date, I've pursued research projects at the John Blume Earthquake Engineering Research Center and Baker Research Group that explore post-earthquake recovery at the building-level and regional scale. In addition to characterizing the implications of our past and present design practices (in terms of safety, downtime, and business interruption), my work also seeks to aid the development of future recovery-based design provisions.
In my free time, I enjoy running, and hiking, and brewing coffee.
03/28/2022: Started PhD degree program in Structural Engineering at Stanford University.
08/20/2021: Recieved the 2021 SEI of ASCE San Francisco Chapter Scholarship
02/01/2021: Started new position as Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Blume Earthquake Engineering Research Center.
01/25/2021: Started new position as Vice President at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Chapter at Stanford.
01/20/2021: Started new position as Graduate Student Researcher at the Baker Research Group.
09/14/2020: Started Masters degree program in Structural Engineering at Stanford University.
06/26/2020: Awarded the 2020-2021 President's Certificate of Appreciation by the Structural Engineering Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) "in recognition of efforts to bridge the gap between students and the structural engineering profession".
06/18/2020: Started new position as Alumni Advisor for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI-SEAOSC) Chapter at UCLA.
06/13/2020: Started new position as Junior Research Engineer at the Natural Hazards and Resiliency Research Center (NHR3) at UCLA.
06/13/2020: Graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering.
06/01/2020: Started new position as Structural Engineer Intern at Arup.
04/28/2020: Co-authored article "Multi-Scale Cost-Benefit Analyses of the Los Angeles Soft-Story Ordinance" is published in Engineering Structures.
02/07/2020: Received the 2019-20 Muriel K. and Robert B. Allan Scholarship by the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.
02/05/2020: Received the 2020 SEAOSC Foundation Scholarship at the Annual Student Night and Career Fair.
01/17/2020: Presented poster on "Comparing the Seismic Collapse Performance of Cantilever Column and Moment Frame Retrofits for Wood Frame Structures Using Los Angeles Soft-Story Basic Ordinance Guidelines" at the 2020 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) Annual Meeting at UC Berkeley.
01/03/2020: Received the 2019 Undergraduate Student Paper Award by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). This paper was based on the research performed as an NSF REU student with the Burton Research Group during Summer 2019.
07/15/2019: Deployed to perform earthquake reconnaissance with the NHERI RAPID team following the M6.4 and M7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence.
06/19/2019: Started new position as a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Student with the Burton Research Group.
05/15/2019: Started new position as President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (now EERI-SEAOSC) Chapter at UCLA.