Mr Mohammad Rafiq Joo is a Prime Minister's Research Fellowship awardee pursuing his doctoral studies at IIT Bombay. His research interests include disaster resilience assessment and enhancement of built infrastructure, structural earthquake engineering, recovery-based seismic design, and disaster risk reduction. Mr Rafiq has also carried out research on the amplification of seismic waves, underground utility mapping, and load-capacity estimation of composite columns using machine learning approaches. He was awarded Institute Gold Model (Merit Award) from NIT Srinagar. He has published several peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers and has delivered guest lectures in engineering colleges.