Ilham Siddiq
MS Student
Civil Systems

Ilham (he/him/his) is a first year MS student in civil systems engineering.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Universitas Muhammadiyah Aceh, Indonesia (2017) and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (2021), where he was a Fulbright scholar.

A survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, Ilham is passionate about the topics of disaster risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction. He is particularly interested in learning how to sustainably manage natural and human resources so that disaster-struck communities could be rebuilt in the most time- and cost-effective manner, while emphasizing on reducing vulnerability and promoting resilience.

Previously, Ilham worked at Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center iin Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where he enjoys working in the field and with communities to educate and to collect data for research. He also disseminated research findings in various forms, including social media infographics and policy briefs. He is proud to have made such contributions as co-developing a document that sets the city’s goals and actions in mitigating the impacts of sea level rise due to climate change. The document was signed and enacted by the Mayor of Banda Aceh in 2020.

When not geeking out about disaster risk reduction or sustainable development, you will find Ilham in the kitchen cooking spicy Indonesian food or on the couch watching cartoons. You may also run into him on your daily hikes.


  • MS in Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Universitas Muhammadiyah Aceh, 2017