Thursday, June 18, 2009

Immigrant of the Day: Feniosky Peña-Mora (Dominican Republic)

Main Feniosky Peña-Mora will join Columbia University as dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science on July 15. For the full story, click here.

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!


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