Catalina Gonzalez-Duenas

Mason CEIE professor Catalina Gonzalez-Duenas
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Assistant Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

Contact Information

Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 1405


Catalina González-Dueñas is dedicated to enhancing community and infrastructure resilience in the face of extreme events and climate change. Her research interests lie in the application of probabilistic methods to assess risks under extreme hazard events, community resilience under climate change conditions, climate justice, and the interaction of built, natural, and social systems. Catalina aims to develop innovative solutions for complex problems by conducting convergent research at the intersection of civil engineering, climate science, and community dynamics. 

In addition to her research pursuits, Catalina is a passionate advocate for effective science communication. She strongly believes in fostering engineering leadership, with a particular focus on empowering women and underrepresented communities. Through her work, Catalina aims to collaborate on building a more equitable and sustainable future. 


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Rice University 
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Universidad de los Andes 
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Universidad de los Andes 

Research Interest 

  • Risk and resilience assessment of infrastructure systems 
  • Performance‐based assessment of structural systems under multi‐hazard conditions 
  •  Structural adaptation engineering for climate change 
  • Climate justice 


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