Meet Our Inaugural ClassAwais Malik
Awais graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences with Honors and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. He was part of Dartmouth’s $300 House Initiative, which sought to provide affordable housing solutions for Haiti. He received the Dean of Faculty grant to lead an independent investigation into the structural feasibility of earth-bag systems, which culminated in the successful defense of an honors thesis. He was a student instructor at the Thayer School of Engineering’s Machine Shop for 4 years, and a teaching assistant for several engineering courses. Awais is a certified SolidWorks Associate, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and an Engineer-in-Training.
While pursuing his Masters of Science at CUSP, Awais was a graduate research assistant in CUSP’s Building Informatics Research Group. Led by Professor Constantine Kontokosta, the group employs data-driven approaches to help reduce resource consumption in buildings. Awais also worked to provide the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies (RISE) with a unified, multi-factor index of local and regional resilience capacity and vulnerability. Awais’s culminating experience at CUSP was a group project that created an economic map of New York City: a web-based visualization tool that identifies spatial patterns related to economic equity.
In the Fall of 2014, Awais began his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at NYU and is continuing his research at CUSP. He plans to become a Professional Engineer and help with the design and development of smarter cities.