I received my undergraduate and master degrees in architecture from MIT. At Cambridge under the MPhil program in environmental design, I investigated the relationship between buildings' ability to resist long and short term hazards. I am continuing my research as a PhD student. There is still a large gap in our understanding of the correlation between how well a building can resist earthquakes and how effectively it can protect its occupants from climatic elements such as hurricanes and cold winters. Yet over half of the world’s population lives in places where such an understanding can greatly increase the quality of life, if not the odds between death and survival. In the future I hope to apply what I learn from my research to reduce risks in the built environment of disaster-prone areas.