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Young SECED Webinar

17 September 2020

I was invited by Young SECED to give a talk on the latest advances in tsunami engineering, together with Prof Tiziana Rossetto and Dr Marta Del Zoppo (University of Naples). My presentation focused on a novel nonlinear pushover static analysis procedure for the tsunami design of buildings according to the ASCE 7-16 Standard. The webinar was chaired by Valentina Putrino (SECED Young Member Subcommittee Chair).

AGITHAR Meeting in Rome

14-17 January 2020, Rome (Italy)

COST Action CA18109 AGITHAR hold a working group meeting in Rome. This meeting saw intense collaboration on finalising the first deliverable - a report on research gaps. I contributed to Chapter 3 on current advances and challenges in Probabilistic Tsunami Resarch Assessment (chapter coordinators: Dr Raffaele De Risi and Prof Tiziana Rossetto).

Engineering Ambassador Talk

2 December 2019, Brescia (Italy)

I was invited to talk to students at a secondary school in my hometown Brescia (I.C. 'Franchi') about civil engineering, my education path and my current research activities.

World Bank BRCA Workshops in Maldives

15-16 July 2019, Male (Maldives)

Prof Tiziana Rossetto and I took part in two Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment (BRCA) Action Planning Workshops in collaboration with the World Bank local partners from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, and Riyan Private Limited in the Maldives. These workshops were hosted by the Governments of Sri Lanka and Maldives. More information here and here.

Workshop on coastal flooding risk in Tofino, British Columbia (Canada)

9 May 2019, Tofino, BC (Canada)

I gave a presentation on tsunami building vulnerability in a workshop titled ‘Ground Truthing: moving from flood risk to adaptation in Tofino'. This saw the active engagement of the local community, including the mayor and council leaders, planners, emergency officers, local First Nations, and members of the business community. More details here.

Structural Survey of Sri Lanka Hospitals Subjected to Tsunami

April 2019, Colombo and Southern Province, Sri Lanka

A team of researchers from UCL EPICentre (Dr David Robinson, PhD student Juan Palomino and myself) in collaboration with University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka carried out a survey of hospitals along the South Coast of Sri Lanka, which was severely hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. More information here.

EEDM Field Trip in Central Italy

June 2018, Umbria and Marche, Italy

As part of the MSc in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management (Programme Director: Dr Carmine Galasso), a week-long field trip was organised to Central Italy, which recently suffered from damaging earthquakes, to observe the extent of the destruction and the latest structural strengthening techniques. I helped organising and delivering the fieldtrip led by Dr. Fabio Freddi and Valentina Putrino. The UCL team visited Camerino, Norcia, Amatrice and L'Aquila and also took part in a joint research workshop with the University of Camerino. More info here.

Invited Talk at IStructE Young Engineers’ Conference

April 2017, London

I was invited to give a talk titled “Seismic resilience: how to minimise damage in steel structures” to 1st Young Engineers’ Conference, Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). The conference was created to help develop young engineers providing them with a platform for exploring critical issues.

Best Steel Paper Award at ICSAS 2016

December 2016, Hong Kong

I won the "Best Steel Structures" paper award at the 8th International Conference on Steel and Aluminium Structures (ICSAS), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. I was first ranked in the steel category, among a total of 152 conference contributions from 29 countries and 6 continents.

Best Poster Award at IStructE 18th Young Researchers’ Conference

April 2016, London

I won the the best poster presentation award at the Young Researchers’ Conference 2016. The 18th Young Researchers’ Conference took place at the Institution of Structural Engineers HQ in London. My poster presentation was titled: ‘Experimental validation of a novel seismic-resistant steel frame for damage minimisation’.