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Davis Chacon-Hurtado

Davis focuses his research on the civil engineering of transportation systems in city environments. In particular, he is investigating the possible factors that make communities resistant or resilient to disruptions and economic shocks that can affect their quality of life and the role transportation can play in this resiliency.

Why Purdue?

I chose Purdue because of the reputation of the engineering schools and the opportunity to visit the Midwest of the US.

Career goal?

To have a job where I can travel a lot and impact people's everyday lives by leading and overseeing projects in my field.

Favorite fact about Purdue?

From an academic point of view, I like having the opportunity to get an interdisciplinary education through taking courses from top-ranked departments. Besides that, Purdue makes many investments in order to improve the quality of campus-life. In other aspects, I also like the fact that Purdue is in a small town, yet it offers a lot of activities and student organizations. Another fact is that Neil Armstrong studied here.

Three words that best describe your work?

Transportation, Communities, Resilience

If you have free time, how do you choose to spend it?

I go running, watch movies, go to salsa club, or simply go out with friends.

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

Calendar, News Spotlights, Viber, Pandora

What’s your workspace setup like?

I'd like to work at a table rather than a desk. I usually have my headphones with good non-vocal music, a mocha, my bottle of water, and more importantly, a quiet room.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

Whenever I have a presentation, I start designing it and then practicing it aloud while I walk to/from home.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

I still prefer a little pocket notebook where I can physically cross out once I accomplish something.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

I don't see myself better than everyone else, but a strength is that I found myself connecting and listening to people frequently. I like to hear and learn from other people’s experiences, cultures, etc. and I like to share about mine. So, I would say I am good at establishing connections with people.

What are you currently reading, or what is the last thing you read (aside from academic reading)?

Team of Rivals by Doris K Goodwin

How do you recharge physically and/or mentally?

Playing sports, working out at the gym

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

To stay humble and be clever in any situation. Also something I liked to hear is that while combing my hair, I should be thinking about combing my hair.

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