Meet Jan Cordero-Casillas

Jan is a second year PhD Puerto Rican student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society where he concentrates in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. Previously, Jan worked as a research assistant in the National institute of Energy and Island Sustainability in Puerto Rico where he assisted in improving the performance of community aqueducts with the use of renewable energy. He also worked as research assistant in the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP-Puerto Rico) realizing a stakeholder analysis on energy governance for sustainable energy transitions. He obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus.


Jan is interested in designing community-based information systems that empower communities to pursue decentralized governance strategy and planning to increase community resilience. He would like to explore the intersections between the media arts and the sciences to open research outputs to greater publics. By combining participatory governance and civic engagement practices with innovative science communication methods, Jan would like to advance the involvement of the public in research and decision-making spaces.

Jan is currently a graduate fellow in the program of Urban Resilience to Extremes (UREx) working with the Governance and Scenario Planning team. He got the opportunity of forming part of the Environmental Fellowship Program from the University of Michigan, where he spent his summer working in the Natural Resources Defense Council identifying past, ongoing and future resilience strategies with the hopes of increasing equity and leveraging just climate adaptation transitions. Jan recently got accepted as a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Fellow in the program of Citizen Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living. 

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Meet Danielle Jacobs


Danielle graduated from Arizona State University in 2015 with an B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering.  Inspired by her undergraduate work and a drive to dive deeper into IOT, Danielle is currently pursuing a PhD with National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship program for Smart Cities and Smart Living at the School of Computing, Informatics, and Design Engineering at Arizona State University.

 Prior to the PhD program, Danielle worked in Industry.  Her first experience out of college, was in pre-silicon manufacturing design at Intel Corporation.  After following an interest in cyber security, she moved into a Cyber Risk Management team at Intel Corporation.  Here, Danielle was given an opportunity to work as a Scrum Master and team coordinator for various projects and to pursue learning more about the rapidly changing field of cyber security.  Currently, Danielle hopes to apply her learned experience in the world of Smart Cities and Smart Living.

Find me on Twitter: @Danijay16

Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellerjacobs/

Meet Josh Massad


Josh Massad is a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science & Technology program and received the National Science Foundation Traineeship in Smart Cities and Smart Technology. He has varied academic and industry experience with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Ancient History with a minor in Classics and the Classical Greek language. His Master’s is from University of Central Oklahoma in Crime and Intelligence Analysis where he concentrated on data and emerging technologies risk. He co-founded a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) consulting company which worked with local police and citizens to reduce crime and risk by changing the physical designs and attributes of built environments. He was the Statistical Research Analyst for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office in the Victim Services Unit working in domestic violence homicides looking for ways to mitigate domestic violence in Oklahoma. Josh was the Decision Support Analyst III at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Lead Evaluator of a $1 million/year federal grant tracking fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses and how many lives were saved due to the drug Naloxone and providing analytical insight into where more Naloxone and training was needed. Josh’s Ph.D. interests are threatcasting emerging technologies as well as helping design technology and policy in hopes of innovation being un-hindered due to fatal risk or backlash.

Find me on Twitter: @MassadJosh