Bio

I am a postdoctoral associate at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. I'm currently working on the NSF-funded project Convergence Around the Circular Economy. Our transdisciplinary team of engineers, anthropologists, economists and political scientists is working together to redefine the Circular Economy and find solutions from a systems perspective (learn more here).

 

Prior to this position, I worked on another postdoctoral appointment at Arizona State University. Our team investigated diversity in engineering academia, specifically the representation of Native Americans in engineering faculty positions.

 

My background combines Architecture and Engineering, industry, and academia. Such a combination of skills and acquired knowledge provides me with a unique perspective on building design and the construction industry.

 

After 6 years working in the construction industry in Brazil as an architecture intern and later as an architect, I decided to pursue a doctoral degree in engineering in the U.S. I was awarded with a Government-funded scholarship and earned my Ph.D. degree in 2018 at Arizona State University.

 

My doctoral dissertation focused on Design for Disassembly (DfD), building materials reuse, and the Circular Economy in the built environment. I investigated the environmental benefits of materials reuse and the decision-making process surrounding DfD and reuse. I also published academic papers in other areas such as construction safety, project validation, energy retrofit, and energy efficiency.

I see major changes in education, technology, and society for the next 10 years. I see Circular Economy being integrated into the teaching curriculum of schools and universities. I see more and more discussion about the consequences (intended or not) of the Circular Economy to societies and cultures. I see a built environment where buildings are material banks, resources are "borrowed", tracked and maintained over a certain period, and after that, they become available for reuse or remanufacture. I see new technology such as the Internet of Things and blockchain reshaping the way we design and reuse things. I'm excited!

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Do Bomba House (top), project coordinated by me while working as an architect in Brazil. The project was awarded the Best Residential Construction Award.

My husband adjusting my cap before the graduation ceremony (right).

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After my dissertation defense in April, 2018. Committee members (left to right): Dr. Oswald Chong, Dr. Kristen Parrish, and Dr. David Grau.

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Left: Organization committee for the International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction  (ICSDEC 2016). Right: Holding the Mortenson Teaching Assistantship award