Dr. Jorge E. Pesantez

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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Dr. Jorge E. Pesantez is a postdoctoral research scholar in Center for Infrastructure Resilience in Cities as Livable Environments (CIRCLE), a collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Zhejiang University, leading efforts in the Energy Thrust around modeling and forecasting building-scale electricity consumption. Jorge’s expertise includes data-driven analysis of demand data from water and energy systems and model-based analysis of urban water systems. His research has focused on the development of demand-response strategies for the management of infrastructure systems including forecasting short-term water demand and building simulation-optimization models to improve the management and operation of water distribution systems. His research has covered the hydraulic and quality analyses of potable and non-potable water systems. He has also applied data analytics to build models for electricity demand reported by smart meters from single- and multi-family residential users.

Jorge’s previous work experience includes working as the Director of Public Works of the town of San Fernando, Ecuador (2011-2012), a project engineer at the town of El Pan, Ecuador (2012-2013), as a civil engineer at the Development Bank of Ecuador (2013-2014), and as the Director of the Technical Department of the Baños water utility in Cuenca, Ecuador (2017).

Research Topics

  • Smart meter data analysis
  • Modeling and forecasting methods
  • Machine learning and data analysis
  • Urban water infrastructure



  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2021
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2017
  • Master in Construction Management, University of the Armed Forces, Quito, Ecuador, 2014
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Cuenca, Ecuador, 2010