Our Founder


Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora is the President and Founder of Pena-Alcantara Consultants, Inc. He is also the Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. In addition, he is the Executive Director of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space at Columbia University. From 2014 to 2017, he served as the New York City Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction. Prior to his public service leave at DDC, he was the Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering at Columbia University. Previously, he was Associate Provost and the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the faculty at Illinois, Dr. Peña-Mora was the Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in civil engineering in 1991 and 1994, respectively. Dr. Peña-Mora is the author or co-author of more than 230 scholarly publications. He holds six patents and one provisional patent. He is a Professional Engineer in the Dominican Republic. He is also a fellow of the United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) and the American Society of Civil Engineers as well as an elected member of the Dominican Republic Academy of Sciences, and the United States National Academy of Construction.