David Melecio-Vazquez

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering


Research: David graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in December 2011 with a Dual Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. His current research focuses on evaluating the vulnerability of coastal communities and their threat to extreme weather events. The research isolates the Staten Island community affected by Superstom Sandy as a case study. He looks into forming a methodology for a vulnerability index to quantitatively assess the risk of damage to a building with respect to their distance in-land and topography.