Organizing Committee

Workshop Coordinators

Dr Maurizio Guadagnini
Department of Civil and Structural engineering
The University of Sheffield, UK

guadagnini_head_shotDr Maurizio Guadagnini has fifteen years’ experience in the field of experimental mechanics, advanced modelling of reinforced concrete elements and the use of innovative materials for the reinforcement and strengthening of concrete structures. He has been principal or co-investigator on several research grants and has managed and co-coordinated two large Marie Curie International research training networks, ConFibreCrete and En-Core. He is currently Chair of COST Action TU1207 ‘Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction’, Coordinator of the Marie Curie ITN endure – European Network for Durable Reinforcement and Rehabilitation Solutions, and secretary of fib T5.1 ‘FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) Reinforcement for Concrete Structures’. He is member of fib T2.5 on ‘Bond and Material Models’, two RILEM TC on strengthening of masonry and concrete structures, and member of the council of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC).

Professor Jose Manuel Jara Guerrero
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo

Jara GuerreroProfessor Jara has 33 years of experience in earthquake engineering and higher education. His PhD investigated the seismic performance of buildings with energy dissipating systems. His research and teaching at the UMSNH have focused on the seismic risk assessment, vulnerability and loss estimation of bridges/buildings. He has been visiting researcher at the a) Institute of Earthquake Engineering & Engineering Seismology (Macedonia), b) ELSA Laboratory (Italy), c) Texas A&M University (US), and d) University of Aveiro (Portugal).
Professor Jara has authored over 100 papers, two books and several book chapters, and is member of several editorial boards. He has been PI of several research projects supported by the National Council for Science & Technology (CONACyT), State Council for Science, Technology & Innovation, and Scientific Research Council (UMSNH). He is “National Researcher” in CONACyT’s National Researchers System, and “Academic Titular” in the Mexican Academy of Engineering.


Workshop Mentors

Professor Kypros Pilakoutas
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
The University of Sheffield, UK

a18Professor Kypros Pilakoutas obtained his degree in Civil Engineering (1984) and PhD in Earthquake Engineering (1990) from Imperial College. In 2003, he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Iasi. He was promoted to Chair of Construction Innovation in 2004. Since 1995, he has been the Manager and Director of the Centre for Cement and Concrete and he is currently leading the Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Group with over 30 academics and researchers.
Professor Pilakoutas’ research is in the fields of earthquake engineering, structural concrete, FRP, FRC, repair and construction innovation. He has over 400 papers and reports; mostly in refereed journals and conferences. He is an invited member of several International technical committees and networks and he led research contracts in excess of €18M, including 12 contracts under FP6 and FP7. These include major multi-partner projects such as “Eurocrete”, “ConFibreCrete”, “Encore”, “Ecolanes” and “Bandit”, with more than 40 international partners. Currently, he is leading FP7 collaborative research project “Anagennisi” and co-investigating 3 more EU and UK projects of total value €8M. Professor Pilakoutas is the departmental Commercialisation Champion and a Director of two technology spin-out companies. He has over 30 patents awarded, three of which are commercially exploited worldwide.

Dr Iman Hajirasouliha
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
The University of Sheffield, UK

Iman_Hajirasouliha 2Dr Iman Hajirasouliha is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and the leader of the Earthquake Engineering Group and Earthquake Engineering MSc Course Tutor in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has over 15 years of research experience in the field of Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Strengthening, Performance-based Design, Structural Optimisation and Advanced Modelling of Reinforced Concrete and Steel Structures. He has been Primary or Co-investigator of over €8M EU and UK funded projects, including co-Investigator of the Marie Curie International Research Training Network “endure”, FP7 EU funded project “Anagennisi” and COST Action TU1207. He has received several prestigious fellowships and awards such as Marie Curie Individual Research Fellowship (EU) and Distinguished Young Researcher award (Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association). He is a member of several national and international Technical Committees and Research Networks (e.g. ACI, fib, IStructE) and has developed a strong network of contacts within the industry and academia. Dr Hajirasouliha is the author of more than 100 papers in refereed journals and international conferences, and is a member of the editorial board of two international journals in the field of Structural Engineering. He has also over 10 years consultancy experience in structural design and rehabilitation of buildings and bridges.

Professor Manuel Jara Diaz
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Mexico

Jara DiazManuel Jara Diaz is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo (UMSNH) in Mexico. He received his BEng and MSc in Civil Engineering (Structures) from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico, and his PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain. After working as a lecturer at UAM, he joined the UMSNH in 1991. His research interests are in the fields of earthquake engineering and seismic bridge performance. Professor Jara has been actively involved in several research projects that led to new developments and advancement in the Mexican seismic design code, as well as in the bridge engineering design code. He is Member of CONACyT’s National Researchers System (SNI) and of several learnt societies in the field. He has received prestigious prizes as “Distinguished Graduate” from UAM and from the Civil Engineering Association of Mexico (CICM).
Professor Jara has published over 80 papers in referred international journals and in national/international conferences. He has authored two books on seismic design and is coauthor of several book chapters. His current research focuses on the effect of the vertical seismic component on full long-span bridges, and on bridge safety of long-span prestressed bridges under progressive construction. He has also over 25 years consultancy experience in design, construction and rehabilitation of bridges.

Professor Amado Gustavo Ayala Milian
Instituto de Ingenieria
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

Dr AyalaProfessor Ayala has 47 years of experience in the development/application of numerical methods in earthquake engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton (UK) and was appointed as professor at the Instituto de Ingenieria (UNAM) in 1974. Dr Ayala has been visiting professor at the Universities of Waterloo (Canada), Cornell (USA), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (USA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA). He was Head of the Applied Mechanics and Structural Dynamics sections at UNAM. He is member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, National Researcher Level II (CONACyT), and PRIDE researcher Level III. He received a Marie Curie fellowship in 2005, the “National Researcher Prize” by the Mexican Society of Structural Engineering in 2006 and became Honorary Member of such society in 2012. Dr Ayala also provides advice to national/international companies working in the field of seismic risk assessment.
Professor Ayala has written over 200 papers and is member of several editorial boards of high quality journals. He has been PI of several research projects supported by CONACyT, UNAM and Mexico’s Disaster Prevention Centre (CENAPRED). He sits on national committees in charge of management and development of public policies in the UNAM, CONACyT and the Ministry of Education (SEP). He is a member of national/international assessment boards to evaluate research proposals and a mentor of several COST Action International Training Schools.

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