Dr Evangelista is a Civil Engineer, Lecturer at the Engineering Institute of Technology. Her research in Australia has been focused on sustainability in construction and engineering materials. PhD research was mostly concentrated on non-destructive tests to evaluate concrete structures. In 1997, she started her academic career coordinating and teaching units at the School of Civil Engineering at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Additionally, she managed the Construction Materials Laboratory providing external consultancy to the Construction Engineering sector.
In 2008, she joined the Environmental Engineering Program at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) conducting research and supervising higher degree students investigating eco-friendly engineering materials. From 2016 to 2019 she worked as a visiting research fellow in the area of recycled concrete at Western Sydney University / School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. Also, she worked as a casual academic teaching Engineering and Construction Management Units.