Parfait Masungi

Hello Forbesians!

My name is Parfait Masungi. I am a PhD Student in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering studying the mechanics, behavior, and design of structural steel plates.
I was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My family moved to the US in
November 2010. I completed my undergraduate education in Civil Engineering at The University
of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). During my undergraduate experience at UTSA, I served as a
member, mentor, and ambassador in various organizations and was also involved in
undergraduate research (McNair Scholars Program and REU/SURF). Before joining Princeton
University, I worked as a Civil Design Engineer in Texas.

My life journey has granted me opportunities and the ability to speak, read, and write in
different languages such as French, Lingala, Spanish, and others. My favorite sport is soccer. I
can play the percussion, drums, piano, and I am currently teaching myself how to play the bass
guitar. Definitely, do reach out if you want to discuss and talk about school, classes, research,
sports, music, life, or even if you just want to have a simple conversation in a different

I look forward to meeting all of you, and I am excited to hear about your journeys, interests,
and goals because you are part of a fantastic community.