Joshua T. Dimasaka

Urban Resilience Fellow. EMI, Philippines.

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We are living in a time witnessing the global impact of climate change and other disasters to underprepared communities with poor capacities, and I aspire to shape an equitable disaster-resilient future to face this crisis through engineering, policymaking, and artificial intelligence.

I’m Joshua, an Urban Resilience Fellow at EMI, working on the climate change and disaster risk management plan for the local government of Quezon City, and an Earthquake Hazard Modeling Consultant at DCCD Engineering Corporation this summer. I’m interested to work on projects that use probabilistic machine learning, graphical models, disaster risk assessment, Earth observation data, structural engineering, and public policy.

In October 2022, I’ll start my MRes+PhD in the Application of Artificial Intelligence to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER) at the University of Cambridge, funded by the UK Research and Innovation - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Last June 2022, I graduated from Stanford University, finishing two master’s degrees in MS Civil and Environmental Engineering and MA Public Policy, as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. I also completed the Ignite Executive Education Program on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business (2021) and BS Civil Engineering at the University of the Philippines (2018). Here’s a list of courses I’ve taken.

During my graduate studies at Stanford, I worked with Dr. Wald (USGS), Prof. Xu (SUNY), and Prof. Noh (Stanford) to use NASA Earth observation data to improve PAGER, a global real-time earthquake loss estimation system. I also worked with Prof. Baker (Stanford) in conducting a metropolitan-scale estimation of average annualized earthquake economic loss of the Greater Metro Manila Area to develop equitable policies that consider the latest 2021 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index.

In 2021/22, I served as a consulting assistant to Dr. Bendimerad to evaluate all 750 buildings of Stanford to formulate their earthquake mitigation policy, which was last done in 2012. I had also spent time at Blume Earthquake Engineering Center (2022), FM Global Engineering & Research (2021), Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (2020), New Story Charity (2020), FASAE (2020), Arup (2018/19), TMU (2017), Ayala-MDC AGSIP (2017), and UPLB Civil engineering Executive Organization (2016/17).

You may access my resume here.