Shangjia Dong

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shangjia Dong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a core faculty member in the Disaster Research Center (DRC), and a faculty member in the Sociotechnical System Center (SSC) at the University of Delaware. He obtained his dual B.S.E. in Information and Computational Science and Finance from the University of Electronic Sciences and Technology of China. After he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering and minor in Computer Sciences from Oregon State University, he spent two years at the UrbanResilience.AI Lab of Texas A&M University at College Station as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He joined the University of Delaware Civil Engineering and the Disaster Research Center in 2020.

Graduate Students

Utkarsh Gangwal

Ph.D. Student (2021. 08 - Present)

Utkarsh joining UD as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2021. He was an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering with honors at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. He is interested in the application of network science to improve the resilience and equity of infrastructure system. His research interests include Human-Infrastructure system dynamics modeling, complex network analysis, and community resilience. In his leisure time, he enjoys swimming, playing basketball, and spending time with friends and family.

Undergraduate student

Annabelle Dorsett

Undergraduate Researcher

Annabelle is an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and currently a junior majoring in civil engineering. She joined the team in April 2022 and is assisting with research of the smart control of infrastructure systems for disaster resilient cities. On campus she is involved in various organizations including Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), Chi Epsilon, and Construction Engineers of America (CEA). Additionally, she is a UD OAE tutor and newly elected ASCE President. In her free time she loves being outdoors, going on hikes, swimming, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

Jiaji Ma

Summer REU researcher (2022)

Jiaji Ma joins RESC Lab as a summer researcher through NSF REU Site in Sustainable Resilient Transportation Systems. He grew up in China, graduated from Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia summa cum laude in May 2021. He is currently a first-year undergraduate student at The University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and double majoring in Statistics

We are always looking for strong candidates who is interested in resilient and equitable smart city research. We welcome the applications from civil engineering, computer science/engineering, industrial/systems engineering, applied mathematics, network science, and other related disciplines. Candidates with strong modeling and programming skills are preferred. Interested candidates are welcomed to send a CV and writing samples (e.g., manuscripts or reports) to: sjdong(at)