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 year’s committee is chaired by  Dr Samir Dirar, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at The 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.

Dr Samir Dirar, Senior Lecturer Structural Engineering, 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, Professor of Structural Engineering, BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, 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, Chair of Fire and Structures, 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, School of Engineering, Warwick University

Prof Toby expertise are with shapes and systems of fiber 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 Laura De Lorenzis, Head of the Institute of Applied Mechanics, TU Braunschweig

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, The University of Cambridge

Janet Lees 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 Structural Engineering

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

Marios Theofanous, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, The University of Birmingham

Marios main research interests include experimental and numerical research of structural steel, stainless steel and high strength steel structures at cross-sectional, member and system level. 

André Weber, Senior Engineer, Schöck Bauteile GmbH

Andrés 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.

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 specialises 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 main interests are; assessment of concrete structures, strengthening with FRP and structural health monitoring. 

Antonio Nanni, Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Miami

Dr Antonio Nanni is a structural engineer interested in construction materials, their structural performance, and field application.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.

Tim Stratford, Professor of Civil Engineering Design, The University of Edinburgh

Tims research focuses on  FRP strengthened metallic structures, structural performance in fire, FRP bridges.

Dr Geoffrey Turvey, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University

Geoffrey Turvey key research areas are, GFRP, CFRP Composite Materials, HFRP composite Joints, GFRP beams, columns.

Dr Wendel Sebastian, Reader in Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science, UCL

Wendels 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 John J Myers, Associate Dean and Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

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. 

Su Taylor, Senior Lecturer of Structural Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast

Su Taylors,  specific research interests are the application of Fibre Optic Sensors for structural and durability monitoring of concrete and timber structures, the development of low energy materials, the use of advanced composites in construction, structural analysis and CMA.

Dr Mithila Achintha, Lecturer of Structural Engineering, University of Southampton

Dr Mithila 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.