Luiz Vieira Jr.

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Master, JHU and University of Sao Paulo
Bachelor, Universidade Estadual de Londrina

Luiz Vieira Jr. is an Eisenhower Fellow and Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at UNICAMP.  He is author of the study on induced earthquakes in the city of Manaus, Brazil and works in the risk analysis in climate change scenarios. Luiz is part of our founding team .


Stefanie M. Falconi

Ph.D. in Environmental Engieering, The Johns Hopkins University 
Master, The Johns Hopkins University


Stefanie is Founder and Principal at the Institute. As a Policy Entrepreneur working to bring science for better policy-making. Her work in Sustainability and Innovation began at The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and today spans four continents in diverse settings from rural communities in KwaZulu Natal to the metropolitan region of São Paulo. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
As a Policy Entrepreneur she writes and speaks about urban development and the effects of climate change on cities. She has been an invited speaker for the U.S. State Department, the Institute of Water Resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the World Resource Institute, and at various universities in Ecuador and Brazil. You can find more about her work here.


Gonzalo Pita

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology
Master, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Bachelor, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional


Previously a senior consultant at the World Bank and currently a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University on Risk and Vulnerability. Gonzalo has experience across several areas of engineering including: natural risk modeling and reduction, remote sensing, structural engineering, wind engineering, modeling of infrastructure vulnerability, and agricultural risk modeling. His consulting projects have been conducted in the United States, Latin-America, and the Caribbean. He worked as risk modeler for the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model where he conducted research and developed vulnerability and risk components.

His work includes: Windstorm team lead for Country Disaster Risk Profiles, Review of risk and vulnerability models for Latin America and Caribbean region, Assessment of Climate Change and Urban Sprawl Impact in Central America, and Prioritization of post hurricane shelters in Dominica.


Manuela Powidayko

Master in Architecture and Urbanism from Columbia University
Bachelor from Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL)

Manuela is a Senior Urban Planner and Zoning code expert with emphasis in post-disaster recovery and resiliency planning. Manuela manages Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency as a City Planner in NYC and is involved in the City’s ongoing efforts in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. She also consulted for the Urban Land Institute to develop zoning regulations for the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, and was a Forefront Fellow with the Urban Design Forum looking at heat mitigation strategies. Manuela also has been an invited lecturer at several universities in Brazil and the United States, including Universidade de Brasília, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Columbia University, and University of California Berkeley. Manuela holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. 

Her work includes: Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency of NYC, Special Coastal Risk Districts of NYC, Heat waves and vulnerability in NYC vulnerable neighborhoods. 


Marina Corona Cosmo
Master student at Universidade Estadual de Campinas  (UNICAMP)
Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)

Marina is currently a Master Student in Architecture, Technology and cities at UNICAMP.  Her masters work focuses on resilient cities. Past projects include the collective publication “Contemporary perspectives on Brazilian cities ”, organized by Eduardo Costa and published by Editora Alameda. Her Undergraduate project was the Cais do Lago: Culture and Leisure Centre for Araras City.
She was also a finalist in the 1st Student Acoustic Competition Conrado Silva, promoted by Brazilian Society of Acoustics, awarded on 2nd place. She was an intern at UNICAMP Project Coordination from 2017 to 2018 and at weme in 2019. Her portfolio is available here.