Samuel J. Rivera, MS

PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Samuel (Sammy) Rivera is a doctoral student in the Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems (SRIS) program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), advised by Professor Barbara Minsker. His research interests currently focus on the application of data mining and knowledge discovery techniques to improving understanding and management of sustainability problems, with an emphasis on urban hydrology. Sammy earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus in 2011, where he received the Etienne Totti award, which is given to the department’s most distinguished student. In 2013, he received his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering under the SRIS program at the UIUC. His M.S. thesis evaluated the feasibility of using text-mining techniques to identify, track, and report urban sustainability indicators by analyzing unstructured digital news articles. Sammy has received several fellowship and awards, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF), the Support for Under-Represented Groups in Engineering (SURGE) Fellowship and the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute (SPI).

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