Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Thesis entitled Achieving Risk Reduction and Livability: Connecting Relocation Decision Making to Outcomes at Relocation Communities
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Graduate Certificate: Engineering in Developing Communities
    • Relevant Courses: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Disaster and Climate Change Planning, Civil Engineering Systems
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Minor: Religious Studies; Certificate: Peace and Conflict Studies
    • Semester at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Recognition and Research Funding

  • USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements Fellowship, 2017
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2017
  • Granted by the University of Colorado Boulder:
    • 2018 Outreach and Engagement Micro-grant (project, not personal)
    • 2017 College of Engineering Graduate Student Mentor Awardee
    • College of Engineering Dean’s Graduate Assistantship
    • Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Doctoral Assistantship for Excellence Award

Professional Experience

  • 219 RED HORSE Squadron, Montana Air National Guard, Captain
    • December 2018-Present, Malmstrom AFB, MT
    • Project manager in heavy construction unit
  • 240 Civil Engineering Flight, Colorado Air National Guard, Lieutenant
    • May 2015-November 2018, Buckley AFB, CO
    • Provided staff augmentation engineering support to Major Commands; focus on natural hazard and humanitarian emergencies North American and Pacific regions
  • Tacloban City Government, Volunteer Environmental Engineer
    • July-August 2016, Tacloban City, Philippines
    • Worked closely with city engineers and architects in design of decentralized wastewater treatment systems for resettlement sites motivated by 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan
  • Build Change, Labor Market Research Intern
    • August 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Interviewed construction industry experts in Kathmandu and rural laborers about Nepali labor market
    • Assisted writing of a World Economic Forum report; supported spin-up of organization’s in-country office
  • iDE, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Knowledge Management Intern
    • August 2014-January 2015, Denver, CO
    • Created sector literature reviews, issue briefs, and internal newsletter for staff in 14 country operations
    • Actively contributed to the development and articulation of knowledge management goals and strategy

Research Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant, August 2015 – May 2020, CU Boulder
    • Exploring post-disaster recovery, infrastructure, and resettlement decision making
    • Fieldwork collection (9 months) of qualitative and quantitative data in Typhoon-affected Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, August 2013 – December 2014, CU Boulder
    • Assisted interdisciplinary research of disaster recovery in developing communities, specifically Sri Lanka
    • Investigated economic, social, & infrastructural dimensions aided by Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Disaster and Recovery Specific Training

  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute
    • IS 100 and 200: Introduction to the Incident Command System
    • IS 322: Flood Mitigation Basics
    • IS 624: Introduction to FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
    • IS 700 and 800: Introduction to National Incident Mgmt. System and National Response Framework
  • Defense Support of Civilian Authorities Phase 1 and 2 (honor graduate)
  • United National Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR): Resilience Action Planning – Implementing the Sendai Framework at the Local Level

Teaching Experience

  • Guest Lecturer: CVEN 5837 Special Topics – Humanitarian Response and Disaster Management, October 2017
  • Teaching Assistant: CVEN 3227 Probability, Statistics, and Decision (for Engineers), January-May 2017
  • Teaching Assistant: CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology, January-May 2016

Peer-reviewed Papers

  • Palagi, S., and Javernick-Will, A. (2020a). “Pathways to Livable Relocation Settlements Following Disaster.” Sustainability, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 12(8), 3474.
  • Palagi, S., and Javernick-Will, A. (2020b). “Discrepancies between Postdisaster Relocation Policy and Implementation in the Philippines.” Journal of Management in Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 36(4), 04020040.
  • Palagi, S. and Javernick-Will, A. (2019). “Institutional constraints influencing relocation decision making and implementation.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 33, 310–320.
  • Palagi, S. and Javernick-Will, A. (2015) “Achieving risk reduction and infrastructure recovery after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: A comparison between India and Sri Lanka.” Proceedings of the 2015 Engineering Projects and Organizations Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Other Publications and Presentations

  • Contributor to New Mandala’s “Build back bitter? Five lessons five years after Typhoon Haiyan.” (2018).
  • Shelter and Settlements Working Group (February 2018)
    • Presentation of 2017 USAID/OFDA Fellowship Report: Palagi, S., and Javernick-Will, A. (2018). “Post-Disaster Permanent Relocation: Case Studies in Tacloban City, Philippines.” Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Updated and final survey report and supplemental data (October 2018)
  • Palagi, S., Mostafavi, A., and Javernick-Will, A. (2017). “Establishing a conceptual framework of post-disaster and relocation decision making.” Proceedings of the 2017 i-Rec Conference. Toronto, Canada.
  • Palagi, S., Groen, R., and Javernick-Will, A. (2017). “Humanitarian Considerations for Long-Term Resettlement.” Typhoon Haiyan: Shelter Case Studies, A. Opdyke, A. Javernick-Will, and M. Koschmann, eds., Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, University of Colorado Boulder, 100-102.
  • Tabo, P. and Palagi, S. (2017). “Insights for Integrating WASH into Shelter Programs.” Typhoon Haiyan: Shelter Case Studies, A. Opdyke, A. Javernick-Will, and M. Koschmann, eds., Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, University of Colorado Boulder, 96-99.
  • Young Researcher Award: Palagi et al. (2016) “Efforts to design wastewater treatment systems for Tacloban North relocation sites” Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on New Technologies for Urban Safety of Mega Cities in Asia. Tacloban City, Philippines.
  • Palagi, S. and Javernick-Will, A. (2016) “(Ostensibly) invulnerable distances: Investigating the role of post-disaster relocation for holistic risk reduction” Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction. Wellington, New Zealand.

Additional Certifications

  • Private pilot certificate: airplane single-engine land
  • I was born and raised in Montana. There’s no certificate for that, but there should be. If you’ve read this far, you probably agree.