Luiz Manella Pereira is a Ph.D. student and former DHS CAESCIR Fellow at the School of Computing and Information Sciences at FIU. He is a member of the Sustainability, Optimization, and Learning for InterDependent networks laboratory (solid lab) working with Dr. Amini. Prior to that, he was an Undergraduate DHS CAESCIR Fellow with solid lab. He graduated as a Worlds Ahead Scholar in the Fall of 2019 with a BBA in Finance, followed by a BS in Applied Mathematics Fall 2020. He is very passionate about tackling real-world problems from a mathematical point of view. His current research interests are the theory of artificial intelligence, machine learning and their application in network resilience and autonomous systems. He is now supported by a US Deartment of Education funded GAANN Fellowship.