Scientific Committee

We are grateful to all members of the Scientific Committee for their guidance and support, which helps our team produce an innovative and exciting programme for the Conference. This years committee is chaired by  Dr Samir Dirar, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at University of Birmingham. The Scientific Committee for ACIC 2019 is composed of  independent academics and industry experts which have been selected due to their expertise in the field.

Meet the Committee…

Dr Samir Dirar is Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

Samir’s main research interests are in concrete structures, in particular the rehabilitation and strengthening of existing reinforced concrete (RC) structures with fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs), non-linear finite element analysis of RC structures, development of design guidelines for strengthening of RC structures, and structural health monitoring.

Tim Ibell FREng is Professor of Structural Engineering at the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at the University of Bath.
Tim’s research interests include the use of FRP to reinforce or strengthen concrete structures, the use of fabric to form innovative concrete structures, and the efficient use of structural materials in buildings.

Prof Luke A Bisby, PhD, CEng, PEng, FIStructE, FIFireE, FIIFC, Chair of Fire and Structures at the University of Edinburgh.
Luke’s research focuses on strengthening of concrete and masonry structures,strengthening of metallic and timber structures and internal reinforcement and prestressing.

Prof J Toby Mottram DSc FIStructE CEng SFHEA at School of Engineering, Warwick University.

Prof Toby is an academic whose research and teaching in structural engineering has at its core the application and preparation of design standards for construction materials. His expertise is with shapes and systems of fibre reinforced polymer materials made by the composite processing method of pultrusion. Research activities cover all topics for the design of structures, with specific emphasis on understanding the performance of connections and joints.

Prof. Dr. Laura De Lorenzis, Head of the Institute of Applied Mechanics, TU Braunschweig, Germany Prof. Janet Lees, Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Laura’s main research interests are in finite element modeling, external strengthening and debonding problems.

Prof. Janet Lees, Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Prof Janet Lees is a Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer.   She is the leader of the Concrete and Composite Structures Group (CCSG)within the Civil Engineering Division. Her main research interests are, strengthening of concrete and masonry structures, internal reinforcement and prestressing, long term performance and durability and analysis and design.

Anders Carolin Analyst Ph.D Structural Engineering M.Sc. Bridge expert

Anders is a  civil engineering expert with focus on rail infrastructure research. His main interests are strengthening of concrete and strengthening of metallic.

Antonio Nanni, PhD, PE,Inaugural Senior Scholar, Professor and Chair Dept. of Civil, Arch. & Environ. Engineering, University of Miami

Dr. Antonio Nanni is a structural engineer interested in construction materials, their structural performance, and field application. His interests are in the fields of concrete reinforced with FRP bars; concrete prestressed with FRP strands. Nanni chairs the University of Miami College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, where he also is a professor and the inaugural Senior Scholar.

Dr. Feng,Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua Unvierstiy, China

Dr. Feng’s research field is the high-performance structures with emerging materials and advanced construction techniques for civil engineering, including the following interests, All FPR structures, FRP hybrid structures, pultruded profiles.

Marios Theofanous, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, University of Birmingham

Marios Theofanous is Lecturer in Structural Engineering. His main research interests, in respect of which he has co-authored more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences, include experimental and numerical research of structural steel, stainless steel and high strength steel structures at cross-sectional, member and system level. Other research interests include FRP-strengthened concrete structures, structural fire engineering and semi-rigid connections, strengthening of metallic and timber structures and damage mechanics and failure criteria.

André Weber, Senior Engineer, R&D, Schöck Bauteile GmbH.

André Weber currently works at the R&D, Schöck Bauteile GmbH. André does research in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Structural Engineering. His current interests are durability of FRP materials,long term behavior of FRPs, bond of internal FRP reinforcement to concrete,quality tests for FRPs, fatigue and fire behavior of internal FRP-reinforcement.
Dr Mithila Achintha, Lecturer Structural Engineering, University of Southampton.
Dr Mithila is currently a University Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Southampton. His main interests are internal reinforcement; long term performance and durability, analysis and design, inspection and monitoring, FRP Materials and systems and strengthening of concrete structures

Raafat El-Hacha, Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Calgary

Dr. El-Hacha is currently the Faculty representative to the Calgary local chapter of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. His main research area is the strengthening of structures.

Neil Farmer, Executive Director, TonyGee 

Neil has responsibility for Tony Gee’s Marketing and UK Business Development activities while still maintaining an involvement with the delivery of projects. Neil’s main expertise area is  “strengthening and repair of structures with FRP composites”.

Thanasis Triantafillou, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece

Thanasis Triantafillou is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Patras. Thanasis specializes in Strengthening and seismic retrofitting of concrete and masonry structures with composites.

Björn Täljsten, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Luleå Tekniska Universitet

Björn Täljsten is a professor and has actively worked for the past 20 years in the field of state assessment of concrete structures where reinforcement using composites has been an important part. Professor Täljsten has also been driving in Sweden when it comes to implementing state assessment through measurement. He has successful research groups in Denmark and Sweden. Björn Täljsten main interests are; Assessment of concrete structures, Strengthening with FRP and structural health monitoring. 

Dr Maurizio Guadagnini, Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield.

Maurizio’s research focuses on the experimental investigation and use of advanced composites as reinforcing materials for concrete structures. Maurizio’s work also extends into design philosophy and the development of design recommendations for the ongoing improvement of codes of practice used in Europe and throughout the world. He works to create and maintain an active and lasting collaboration between industry and academia. Dr Guadagnini key topic strengths are;  Strengthening of concrete and masonry structures, Internal reinforcement, Long term performance and durability, Analysis and design, Inspection and monitoring.

Tim Stratford, Professor of Civil Engineering Design. Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

Tim worked on bridge, tunnel and building design with FaberMaunsell before joining the University of Edinburgh. Whilst at FaberMaunsell he worked within Maunsell Structural Plastics, specialising in advanced FRP composite bridges, and strengthening structures using fibre reinforced polymers.Tim research focuses on  FRP strengthened metallic structures, structural performance in fire, FRP bridges.
David Kendall, Managing Director Optima Projects (FRP Engineering Consultancy).
Optima is a Specialist Consultancy, led by David Kendall, who has over 30 years international experience in advanced engineering design, analysis and FRP Composite materials. Davids main interests are FRP structures and bridges.

Dr Geoffrey Turvey, Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University.

Dr Geoffrey Turvey is a Senior Lecturer within the department of Engineering his key areas are: GFRP and/or CFRP Composite Materials, Bolted/Bonded GFRP and/or HFRP composite Joints, GFRP and/or HFRP composite components – beams, columns, plates and/or shells, GFRP and/or HFRP composite structures – frames, trusses etc.

Dr Wendel Sebastian, Reader in Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science, UCL.
Dr Sebastian is a Reader in Structural Engineering at UCL. His research themes and topics include: High-cycle fatigue behavior of key infrastructure components, Novel symbolic, graphical and numerical nonlinear analyses of hyperstatic structures & Low-carbon composite structures, e.g. timber-concrete composite floors and advanced composite road bridges. Dr Sebastian’s notable achievements include
  • Editor-in-chief of the ICE’s Structures and Buildings journal, from November 2017.
  • Recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • Consultant to Highways England on the in-service performance of advanced composite road bridges.
  • Examiner of PhD theses submitted to Universities in Australia, Italy, Switzerland and the UK.
  • Visiting Professor to the Composites in Construction Laboratory (CCLab) research group at EPFL, Switzerland.
  • Appearance (July 2017) on BBC2 televised programme “Britain’s Greatest Invention”.
  • Outstanding Teaching Award nomination.


Dr. John J. Myers, Ph.D., P.E, Associate Dean and Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri, USA.

Prof. Myers’ scholarly interests include the use of composite materials in both concrete and masonry systems for both repair and new construction including their deployment, monitoring and load testing in field demonstration applications. He has been an active researcher investigating various developmental and durability aspects of FRP, FRCM, SRG, SRP, and hybrid composite beam (HCB) systems.