Gonzalo L. Pita

Director MSE - Systems Engineering program, Associate Scientist


Gonzalo Pita received his B.S. in Structural Engineering from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional (Cordoba, Argentina), M.Sc. (Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering) from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ph.D. from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Postdoc from Johns Hopkins University.

He is an associate scientist and lecturer at JHU's Civil and Systems Engineering Department. His research centers on natural disaster risk modeling, specifically on hazard modeling (hurricane, seismic, and floods), modeling of infrastructure vulnerability, simulation of natural hazards effects on socioeconomic systems (climate change, infrastructural inventory growth), and analysis and design of public policies in risk mitigation.

Dr. Pita is also a senior consultant at the World Bank where he conducts studies in natural hazards risk assessment and mitigation, design and implementation of asset management systems, and natural disaster mitigation policy since 2013. His expertise includes modeling effects of induced seismicity (fracking), riverine flood effects on vulnerable populations, and effects of hurricane hazard.

The structure and uncertainty of catastrophe models are also within his area of interest. Specifically, he conducts research in the development of catastrophe models, and their use in natural disaster mitigation policy from 1950 to 2000s in the United States.

He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in natural disaster risk modeling, international project management, and introduction to engineering.