Thursday, June 18, 2009
Feniosky Peña-Mora currently is an Associate Provost, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a Center Affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and a Faculty Affiliate at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois.
Professor Peña-Mora earned a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Civil Engineering and a Doctor of Science (Sc.D) in Civil Engineering Systems from MIT in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Before going to the University of Illinois in 2003, Professor Peña-Mora worked at MIT as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of information technology and project management in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He has also served as a visiting professor at Loughborough University in Great Britain and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
A native of the Dominican Republic, going to Columbia represents a homecoming for Peña-Mora, who spent part of each year while growing up living with family in Washington Heights. He first learned to speak English in his early twenties by attending English-as-a-second-language community programs at Teachers College, Riverside Church and other organizations in the city.
Hat tip to Dan Kowalski!