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Zaira Pagan-Cajigas

PhD Student



Personal Pronouns


Zaira Pagan-Cajigas is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Industrial and Operations Engineering department at the University of Michigan, advised by Dr. Seth Guikema. Her current research focuses on community resilience to natural hazards by measuring building-level access to essential services pre- and post-hazard using only publicly available data. Additionally, she focuses on evaluating climate change projections impact on power outages using statistical forecasting outage models.

Research Interests

My research interest include risk analysis, equitable access to essential services, hazards impact on essential services, and community resilience.

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  • Ph.D., Industrial and Operations Engineering; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI;Expected Graduation: May 2025.
  • M.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering; University of Michigan
  • B.S, Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Graduation Date: May 2020.

Awards and Service

  • University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellow, 2020-2025