As a complex system, CSUN is constantly evolving. Here is a list of its current members. For past members, click here.

To prospestive members, please click here for information about the recruitment process.

Current Members

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Sybil Derrible, Ph.D.
derrible @ uic . edu

Web Presence: Faculty Profile, Personal Website, Google Scholar, Academia, Research Gate, LinkedIn, Twitter

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Amirhassan Kermanshah
Post-Doctoral Researcher
akerma2 @ uic . edu

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Sk Nasir Ahmad
Ph.D. Candidate
sahmad38 @ uic . edu

Web Presence: Research Gate

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Dongwoo Lee
Ph.D. Candidate
dlee226 @ uic . edu

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John Mulrow
Ph.D. Candidate
jmulrow @ uic . edu

Web Presence: On the New Economy (blog), LinkedIn, Twitter

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Nicholas Haas
Ph.D. Candidate
nhaas3 @ uic . edu
Co-Advised by: Prof. S Vitousek

Web Presence: LinkedIn, Research Gate

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Scot Maciver
M.S. Candidate
smaciv2 @ uic . edu

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Ranjita Tiwari
M.S. Candidate
rtiwar3 @ uic . edu

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Dena Delpazir
M.S. Candidate
ddelpa2 @ uic . edu

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Huanghe Hu
M.S. Candidate
hhu27 @ uic . edu

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Eva Chancé
M.S. Intern
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) eva.chance @

Web Presence:LinkedIn

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Sania Ali
Undergraduate Researcher
sali78 @ uic . edu

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Kathy Machaj
Undergraduate Researcher
kmacha2 @ uic . edu

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

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Joshua Deanes
Undergraduate Researcher
jdeane2 @ uic . edu

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

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Jovaun Shaw
Undergraduate Researcher
jashaw2 @ uic . edu

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Peter Cairo
Undergraduate Researcher
pcairo2 @ uic . edu

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David Klawitter
Research Affiliate
davidmklawitter @ gmail . com

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Kathy Sitko
Undergraduate Researcher
ksitko2 @ uic . edu

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Daniel Kessler
Undergraduate Researcher
dkessl3 @ uic . edu

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Saulius Imsha
Undergraduate Researcher
simsha2 @ uic . edu

Past Members

Post-Doc: Farid Peiravi (2016)

Ph.D.: Amirhassan Kermanshah (2017), Farid Peiravi (2014)

Master: John Mulrow (2016), Nasir Ahmad (2014), SrimaniTejaswini Bulusu (2013 - non-thesis)

Research Affiliate: Alireza Karduni (2016)

Undergraduate: Ian Hill (2017), Paloma Morais de Souza (2016), Kimberly White (2015), Matthew Reeder (2015), Eduardo Schaefer Sombrio (2015), Flavio Irã Godinho Jr. (2015), Laura Nainggolan (2014), Anthony Nedumgottil (2014), Felipe Pereira (2014), Gary (Joe) Andrews (2014), Paul Jacobs (2014), Marian Agamy (2013)


Prospective Members

First of all, thank you very much for your interest. CSUN is a constantly evolving place and we are always eager to welcome bright minds who aspire to change the world (in fact, make sure to read our mission statement since everything we do must contribute to this mission). Although we would very much like to accept more people, funding is limited, and many deserving applicants do not get offers. There are definitely skills that we seek in our candidates however, and if you do not have these skills, we can only encourage you to acquire them. Most of these skills are not typical in civil engineering, but to quote Einstein: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." The civil engineer of the 21st century must therefore acquire new skills.

Here is a short list of skills we look for:

# Python programming: In this era of Big Data, there are definitely many ways to change our thinking, and coding can help us greatly. Python can be insalled directly from the website, but we recommend you install Anaconda, which installs both python and a set of necessary libraries (that would have to be installed manually otherwise). To learn how to code in python, we recommend,, A Byte of Python and CodeAcademy, but many more tutorials exist. So many libraries exist that we can now do some very sophisticated calculations with very little coding background. Naturally, we welcome applicants with knowledge of other languages, including R.

# Geographic Information Systems (GIS): GIS enables the mapping of just about everything. When coupled with python, we can nearly calculate anything we set our mind to. Knowledge of QGIS (free) or ArcGIS (license needed) is encouraged.

# Network Science: Network Science is a relatively new science that offers a practical way to measure and analyze the properties of networks, and it is increasingly being used in civil engineering (after all, most civil engineering systems are networks). Resources to learn Network Science include the textbooks Network Science (free), Networks: An Introduction, and Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World (free), or some popular books that include Nexus, Linked, and Six Degrees. For practical use, different resources exist that include Gephi (free software), NodeXL (Microsoft Excel Add-On), igraph (R and python library), graph-tool (python library), NetworkX (python library). We use python-igraph extensively at CSUN.

# Machine Learning (ML): We do not necessarily expect new members to have any prior knowledge of machine learning, but it would likely become very useful if you join us. To learn about ML, the book Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques by Han, Kamber, and Pei (2011) is incredibly easy to read and offers an amazing introduction. To actually use ML, we recommend scikit-learn (python library) and Weka (software package).

In addition, we can recommend reading resources including publications, textbooks, and popular books to get better acquainted with the topic of cities, infrastructure, and urban science. A brief list of relevant resources include:

# Publications: Urban infrastructure is not a tree: Integrating and decentralizing urban infrastructure systems (Derrible, 2016) and Complexity in future cities: the rise of networked infrastructure (Derrible, 2016) - publications from CSUN Director Sybil Derrible on urban infrastructure systems (please contact us if you would like a free copy); Re-engineering cities: a framework for adaptation to global change (Dawson 2007); Infrastructure ecology: an evolving paradigm for sustainable urban development (Pandit et al., 2015).

# Popular Books: Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis (Winkless 2016); The Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth (Kennedy 2011); Triumph of the City (Glaeser 2012).

# Textbooks: The New Science of Cities (Batty 2013) - Prof. M. Batty is one of the fathers of Urban Science; The Structure and Dynamics of Cities: Urban Data Analysis and Theoretical Modeling (Barthelemy 2016).