I have been working as Structural Engineer for about 10 years in Civil & Structural Engineering consultancies worldwide. My initial work experience was focused in new design-build projects in Scotland, and then in structural and seismic assessments of existing buildings mainly in New Zealand and partly in Netherlands. My undergraduate degree was in Civil Engineering and my first postgraduate degree in analysis of earthquake resistant structures. My personal interest in historical construction and heritage structures, led me to a second postgraduate degree in the field of Conservation Engineering.
Both my academic background with the Master degrees and the hands-on work experience assessing buildings gave me not only an appreciation and insight of the actual behaviour of structures and their structural weaknesses but also motivated me to pursue and develop advanced skills towards damage assessment and technologies providing an early warning system on critical infrastructures. Hence, at the University of Twente, I will be joining as a PhD researcher to work on bridge monitoring under the supervision of Prof. André Dorée and Dr. Rolands Kromanis. The work will be focused on developing sensor technologies to assess efficiently and effectively the structural condition and damage state of bridges in the Netherlands.