1997 – 2000 Centre for Lightweight Structures, University of Bath – Bath, England
Doctor of Philosophy – thesis “Stressed Spline Structures” with Prof.M. Barnes and dr.C.J.K. Williams
1996 – 1997 Centre for Lightweight Structures, University of Bath – Bath, England
Master of Philosophy – thesis “Hybrid Tensegrity Structures”
1991 – 1995 Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath – Bath, England
B.Eng. (Hons.) Civil / Structural Engineering
02/2009 – present Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Princeton University, Princeton, USA
10/2006 – present Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Brussels, Belgium
Affiliated with Department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions
10/2004 – 12/2008 St-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels and Ghent, Belgium
10/2003 – 9/2006 Ney and Partners, Engineering Consultants, Brussels, Belgium
Senior Project Engineer
9/2002 – 9/2003 Jane Wernick Associates, Engineering Consultants, London, England
9/2000 – 8/2002 Civil Engineering Department, University of Mauritius, Moka, Mauritius
Visiting Fellow in Structural Design and Analysis
3/1994 – 8/1994 Structwel Designers, Consulting Engineers, Mumbai, India
Structural Engineering Intern
3/93 – 8/93 Architektenwerkgroep, bOb Van Reeth Antwerp, Belgium
Architectural Engineering Intern
AWARDS AND HONORS
2016 Visiting Professor, Roma University Tor Vergata, Italy
2016 Selected Participant Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program
2015 Alfred Rheinstein ’11 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship, Princeton University
2015 Tsuboi Award for most outstanding paper in the Proceedings of the 2014 IASS-SLTE Symposium
2015 Faculty Fellow McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton University
2015 Selected Participant National Academy of Engineering’s 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
2015 Top 25 Most Downloaded Paper ScienceDirect in Engineering, Computer-Aided Design, January-March 2015
2006 Fortis Starters Award for female entrepreneurs for project DigiShape
1996-1999 Full Ph.D. Scholarship, University of Bath, UK
Keynote Speaker, ‘Grid shells in an urban context’, Sheffield University, Sheffield, November 2016.
Invited Speaker, ‘Structural Delights: Computation, Matter and Imagination’, São Paolo University, São Paolo, June 2016.
Speaker, ‘Sustainable Structural Form’, Bellagio, Rockefeller Foundation, May 2016.
Speaker, ‘In pursuit of sustainable structural forms’, Sustainable Agendas, School of Architecture, Princeton University, November 2015.
Keynote Speaker, ‘Structural form finding and optimization’, Concrete Light SPP1542 Annual Meeting, Ruhr-University, Bochum, October 2015.
Stream Speaker, ‘Compression and tension structures’, Institution of Structural Engineers International Conference 2015, Singapore, September 2015.
Invited Speaker ‘The beauty of lightweight structures’, joint seminar with K. Stockhusen from Schlaich Bergermann and Partners, São Paolo University, São Paolo, May 2015.
Invited Speaker, ‘Force-modeled structures for a future-oriented urban environment’, ENAC Structures and Materials seminar series, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, April 2015.
Invited Speaker, ‘Revisiting the force-modeled shells of Sergio Muscemi’, LaMS – Modeling and Simulation Lab scientific seminar, Roma Tre University, Rome, April 2015.
Invited Speaker ‘How a historian and a civil engineer look at the landscape and infrastructure’, Princeton Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment Princeton University, March 2015.
Invited Speaker, ‘Form Finding’, IBois research seminar, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, October 2014.
Invited Speaker, ‘Dialectic Form Finding’, Utzon(X) Symposium, Aalborg University, Aalborg, August 2014.
Invited Speaker, ‘Form and elasticity’, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering research seminar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, April 2014.
Invited Speaker, ‘Elastic structural shapes’, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering research seminar, University of California, Berkeley, March 2014.
Keynote Speaker, ‘Active bending’, 4th Design Modelling Symposium Berlin, University of the Arts, Berlin, October 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Active bending’, VI International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures – Structural Membranes 2013, Munich, October 2013.
Keynote Speaker, ‘Computation in shells’, WG13 IASS Symposium, Wroclaw, September 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Finding better forms for structures’, Department of Engineering research seminar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, March 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Better urban shells’, Block Research Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Zurich, March 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Bending active forms’, Labo Navier, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées, Paris, March 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘What I did next: structure and form’, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering research seminar, University of Bath, Bath, March 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Structural forms and forces’, School of Architecture seminar series, Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Biberach, March 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Shaping civil structures’, research seminar, TU Delft, Delft, March 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Shells: efficiency through form’, research seminar, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, March 2013.
Invited Speaker, ‘Form finding and optimisation in civil structures’, Department of Civil Engineering Research Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, November 2012.
Invited Speaker,’Ivy + Sustainability’, Princeton University, panel member, April 2011.
Invited Speaker,’Women in Science, Princeton University, colloquium, March 2011.
Invited Speaker ‘Designing Pedestrian Bridges’, Guy Nordenson Associates, Engineering Firm, NYC, October 2010.
Invited Speaker, ‘Finding sustainable forms: exercises in structural design’, M. Eng. research seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, September 2010.
Invited Speaker,’A Grand Challenge: Creative Structural Design’, M.Eng. seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, November 2009.
Invited Speaker,’Form Finding and Digital Fabrication’,Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), Engineering Firm, NYC, June 2009.
2018 Co-Organizer, IASS Symposium 2018, with Prof. J. Ochsendorf and Prof. C. Mueller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and B. Baker (SOM)
2017 Scientific Committee Member, Structural Membranes, Munich
2016 Scientific Committee Member, IASS2016 Annual International Symposium, Tokyo, September
2016 Structures co-chair, Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG), Zurich, September
2015 Special Session Co-Organizer, ‘Advances in Dynamic Relaxation Method’, Structural Membranes, Barcelona, October with Prof. R. Pauletti (University of São Paulo)
2015 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form Finding of Shell Structures’, Ruhr-University Bochum, October
2015 Scientific Committee Member, Design Modelling Symposium, Copenhagen, September
2015 Scientific Committee Member, IASS2015 Annual International Symposium: Future Visions, Amsterdam, August
2015 Special Session Co-Organizer, WG 5 ‘New directions for shell structures’ IASS2015 Annual International Symposium: Future Visions, Amsterdam, with Prof. P. Block (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), August
2015 Scientific Committee Member, Third International Conference on Flexible Formwork ICFF2015, Amsterdam, August
2015 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form Finding and Sustainable Infrastructure’, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, May
2015 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form, Structure and Material’, Roma Tre University, Rome, April
2014 Scientific Committee Member, International Conference on Innovation in Architectural Design and Fabrication ICIADF2014, Toronto, July
2014 Scientific Committee Member, Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology CST2014, Naples, August
2014 Scientific Committee Member, IASS-LSTE 2014 Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints, Brasilia, September
2013 Scientific Committee Member, Design Modelling Symposium, Berlin, September
2013 Scientific Committee Member, CC2013 Fourteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Cagliari, September
2013 Scientific Committee Member, IASS2013 Beyond the Limits of Man, Wroclaw, September
2013 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form Finding of Shell Structures’, HochSchule Biberach , Biberach, March
2012 Scientific Committee Member, ICFF2012 Second International Conference on Flexible Formwork, Bath, June
2012 Scientific Committee Member, CST2012 The Eleventh International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Dubrovnik, August
2011 Co-organizer of The Fazlur Rahman Khan Distinguished Lecture Series and Opening of the exhibition “Fazlur Khan: Structural Artist of Urban Building Forms”, co-organized with Prof. Garlock, September
2011 Co-organizer of INSA Workshop, Princeton University, co-organized with Prof. Garlock and Prof. Billington, June
2010 Organizer on Workshop on Sustainable Design in developing Countries, for Engineers without Borders, October
2016 Guest Editor, special issue ‘New directions for shell structures‘, Journal of the International Journal of Shell and Spatial Structures
2016 Guest Editor, special issue ‘Advance in the Dynamic Relaxation Method’, Journal of Spatial Structures
2015 Editor, Journal of Spatial Structures
2015 Review Editor, Structural Sensing (new Journal Frontiers in Built Environment)
2014 Co-Chair, Working Group 5 Shells, International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, with Prof. P. Block (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)
2012-2017 Scientific Advisory Board Member, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées, Paris
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2015 Federal Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Italian Agency for Research and University Evaluation
2013 Committee Member, Esthetics in Design Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers
2013 Member, Working Group 17, Historical Spatial Structures, International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures
2013 Member, Working Group 15 Structural Morphology, International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures
2009 Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
2009 Member, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
2009 Member, International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
2009 Journal Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Automation in Construction, Computer-Aided Design, Computers and Structures, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Shell and Spatial Structures
2006 Federal Grant Reviewer, FNRS Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research Belgium | SEN3 and Foresight
The Resilient City: Conquering the sky (co-curated with Maria Garlock and Branko Glisic). Princeton University Global Forum (Shanghai, China Jan 2013).
The Evolution of German Shells: Efficiency in Form (co-curated with Branko Glisic). Princeton University Engineering Library (January 2013) Website: http://shells.princeton.edu/
Fazlur Khan: Structural Artist of Urban Building Forms (co-curated with Prof. Garlock). Princeton University Engineering Library (September 9, 2011 – present).
Smart Mast (project with Prof. Glisic). Princeton University, Making Stuff (January 2011) and Princeton Annual SEE Expo (November 2011).
CEE205 Mechanics of Solids – Fall 09,10,11,12,13,14,15,16
CEE262A Structures and the Urban Environment (one lecture and precept) – Spring 09 and 11, 12,13,14,15
CEE546 Form Finding of Structural Surfaces – Spring 11, 12,14,16
EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering (one lecture) -Spring 14, 15
ARC 510 Structural Analysis for Architecture – Fall 2014, 2016
CEE473 A Social and Multi-dimensional Exploration of Structures (co-taught with Prof. Garlock and Prof. Glisic) – Fall 10, 12
VIS418-CEE418 Extraordinary Processes (co-taught with Prof. J.Scanlan) – Fall 2015, 16
EGR X Transformations (co-taught with Prof. N. Leonhard, Prof. A. Finkelstein, Prof. J. Snyders and Prof. M. Garlock)- Spring 2015
Independent Study Classes:
CEE376: Independent Study (undergraduate) – Spring 11,13,14,15 – Fall 14
CEE509: Directed Research (graduate) – 10,11,12,13,14,15,16
CEE510: Research Seminar (graduate) – 10,11,12,13,14,15
Current Ph.D. Students
Victor Charpentier (Ph.D. Civil Engineering, ‘2018)
Tim Michiels (Ph.D. Civil Engineering, ‘2018)
Former post-doctoral student
Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos (Ph.D. ‘2012 , Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), now Assistant Professor at University of Miami
Post-doctoral research visitors
Professor Ruy Pauletti, University of Sao Paulo (1/1/2016- 6/30/2016)
Professor Dr. Ing. Irmgard Lochner-Aldinger, Hochschule Biberach (9/1/2014-2/1/2015)
Professor Rajan Filomon Coelho, Université Libre de Belgique (7/1/2013-9/1/2013)
Professor Réne Motro, Université Montpellier II (1/1/2011-2/1/2011)
Former Ph.D. students
Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Characterization of polyester-rope suspended footbridges, now Assistant Professor at Hofstra University
Allison Beth Halpern ‘2014, Stability and serviceability optimization of footbridges, now project engineer at HNTB Corporation
Ashley Thrall ‘2011, Design and optimization of linkage-based movable bridge forms, co-advised by Prof. M. Garlock and Prof. D. Billington, now Assistant Professor at Notre Dame University
James Richardson ‘2012, Topology optimization of truss-like structures: from theory to practice, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, co-advised by Prof. R. Coelho, now project engineer at Thornton Tomasetti
Tine Tysmans ‘2010, Design of anticlastic shell sin innovative textile reinforced concrete cement composites, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, co-advised by Prof. J. Wastiels, now Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Current master student
Olek Niewiarowksi ‘2017
Former master students
Hannah Bands ‘2015, Performance-based design and analysis of pneumatic storm surge barriers, now project engineer at MacIntosh Engineering
Matthew Horner ‘2014, UV shading timber grid shells: design and construction, now Ph.D. Student at Lehigh University
Luca Nagy ‘2014, Implementation of a single-crease origami-arc for a movable footbridge structure, now Ph.D. Student at University of Toronto
Matthew Streeter ‘2014,Form finding and analysis of inflatable dams’ , now project engineer at SOM
Alex Jordan ‘2013, Material driven design for a chocolate pavilion, now project engineer at SOM
Daniel Reynolds ‘2013, now project engineer at Thornton Tomasetti
Meghan Krupka ‘2012, Numerical and physical form-finding of stresses membrane-spline systems, now project engineer at Severud Associates
Serguei Bagrianski ‘2012, A segmental approach to thin shell concrete structures
Graduate Student Research Awards
2015 Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Tsuboi Award for most outstanding paper in the Proceedings 2014 IASS-SLTE Symposium
2014 Tim Michiels ‘2018, Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship
2013 Hannah Bands ‘2015, Wu Fellow in Engineering, SEAS
2012 Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Sherrerd Fellow, CEE
2012 Allison Beth Halpern ‘2014, Sherrerd Fellow, CEE
2011 Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Upton Fellow in Engineering, SEAS
2011 Ashley Thrall ‘2011, Hangai Award for most meritorious paper written by a young talented researcher and presented at the 2011 IASS Symposium
Visiting Student Research Collaborators
Yousef Anastas (M.S.E., Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées) (5/1/2014-10/1/2014)
Victor Charpentier (M.S.E., Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées) (9/1/2013-8/1/2014)
James Richardson (Ph.D. 2014, Université Libre de Belgique) (5/12/2012-2/29/2013)
Hao Liu (Ph.D. 2014, Tsinghua University) (1/4/2012-8/16/2012)
Tine Tysmans (Ph.D.2010 , Vrije Universiteit Brussel) (10/10/2009-12/20/2009)
Kaloyana Kostova ‘2016, Design and Constructability of fabric-formed concrete elements reinforced with FRP materials, Bath University, UK
Frederic Tayeb ‘2015, Simulation du comportement mécanique non-linéaire de gridshells composés de poutres élancées en matériaux composites et de sections quelconques, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées
Dorotea Sigurdottir ‘2015, Strain-based monitoring methods for beam-like structures, PU
Jonathan Glassmann ‘2015, Web shear buckling of steel plate girders under fire, PU
Negar Elhami Khorasani ‘2015, A probalistic framework for multi-hazard evaluations of buildings and communities subject to fire and earthquake scenarios, PU
Yao Yao ‘2015, Direct damage detection using advanced sensing technologies, PU
Seyed Sina Nabei ‘2014, Mechanical form finding of timber fabric structures, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Caitlin Mueller ‘2014, Computational exploration of the structural design space, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Benoit Deschamps ‘2013, Optimal shaping of lightweight structures, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Hiba Abdel-Jaber, PU
Senior Thesis Advisees
Lu Lu (‘2016)
Dennis Smith (‘2016)
Russell Archer (‘2016)
Aaron Katz (‘2016)
Cristina Laura Anastase ‘2015, Comfort in outdoor spaces: an exploration of the urban microclimate
Denisa Buzatu ‘2015, Design and analysis of a deployable programmable origami structure
Michael Manhard ‘2015, Investigating the effects of different supporting structures on the performance of competition diving boards
Irmak Erman Eruz ‘2014, A methodology for the preliminary design process of a bulged diagrid tall building
Bar Shabtai ‘2014, The application of machine learning to active tensegrity structures
Mariam Nadjia Laura Wahed ‘2014, Boundary conditions and structural form: a comparative analysis of Pier Luigi Nervi’s sports stadia
Victoria Richardson ‘2013, Adaptable tensegrity modules, co-advised by dr. G. Herring
Katelyn Scanlan ‘2013, A Sustainable Solution for Terrace Club of Princeton, co-advised by Prof. R. Harris
Sabrina Siu ‘2013, Investigation into sun shading applications of electroactive polymers, co-advised with Prof. S. Wager (Department of Electrical Engineering)
Peter Szerzo ‘2013, Spoke wheel membrane structures, co-advised by Ing. M. Stein, Schlaich Bergermann and Partners, NYC
Nathan Brown ‘2012, Structural and geometric feasibility study of hypar Shells
Daniel Fletcher ‘2012, Barrier island system in New York Harbor, co-advised by Prof. G.Nordenson, (School of Architecture) and Prof. H. Stone (Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering)
Sarah Lux ‘2012, The evolution of the American synagogue, co-advised by Prof. P. Lewis (School of Architecture)
Daniel Weiss ‘2012, Forms for vaulted systems for abandoned churches
Tina Yuting ‘2012, Smart forms using dielectric elastomers, co-advised by Prof. S. Wagner (Department of Electrical Engineering)
Daneeka Abellard ‘2011, Plybamboo in Haiti: a feasibility study of the use of laminated bamboo lumber for bridge construction in Haiti
Scott Huang ‘2011, Parametric statics: automated graphical methods for design, analysis and form finding
Megan Prier ‘2011, Responding to Nigeria’s building challenges: a bamboo dome design for a Nigerian School
Maryanne Wachter ‘2011, Structurally efficient timber grid shell nodes: a case study of the Scunthorpe Sports Academy
Lauren Clark ‘2010, The true cost of construction: an analysis of the carbon dioxide emissions from the materials used in the Streicker bridge
Gregor Horstmeyer ‘2010, Glass hypar shells
Ben Sitler ‘2010, Integrated digital design to construction workflow: from a structural engineer’s perspective
Undergraduate student research awards
2015 Denisa Buzatu ‘2015, CEE Book Award and SEAS Mc Cracken Senior Thesis Award
2015 Michael Manhard ‘2015, CEE David W. Carmichael Prize and SEAS George J. Mueller Award
2014 Irmak Erman Eruz ‘2014, CEE Book Award and Moles Award
2013 Peter Szerzo ‘2013, CEE W. Mac Angus Prize
2012 Nathan Brown ‘2012, CEE W. Mac Angus Prize
2011 Maryanne Wachter ‘2011, CEE David W. Carmichael Prize
2010 Gregor Horstmeyer ‘2010, CEE Moles Award and SEAS George J. Mueller Award
Independent study advisees
Aaron Katz ‘2016, Form finding techniques in Musmeci’s work (Spring 2015)
Julia Wilcots ‘2016, Topology optimization using the homogenization method for basic structural elements (Fall 2015)
Bar Shabtai ‘2014, Dynamic relaxation (Spring 2013)
Peter Szerzo ‘2013, Geometry and structural analysis of deployable pantograph structures (Spring 2011)
Summer research interns
Andrew Percival ‘2017, funded by Council for Science and Technology, School of Architecture, PU, Summer 2015
Pedro Raposo, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Summer 2014
Demi Fang ‘2017, funded by Office of the Dean of the College, PU, Summer 2014
Denisa Buzatu ‘2015, funded by ACEE, PU, Summer 2013
Mariam Nadjia Laura Wahed ‘2014, funded by ACEE, PU, Summer 2012
Daneeka Abellard ‘2011, funded by High Meadows Fund, PU, Summer 2010
Lauren Clark ‘2010, funded by High Meadows Fund, PU, Summer 2010
Charles Evans ‘2010, funded by High Meadows, PU, Summer 2010S
Princeton University Service
Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy – Appointed member, Princeton University (Spring 2017)
Council Princeton University Community – Appointed Executive Committee Member , Princeton University (Spring 2017)
CEE Engineering and the Liberal Arts Program – Track Advisor 2016
Andlinger Energy Efficiency/Buildings Group – Committee member 2016
SEAS Freshman Year Study – Committee member 2016
University Research Board – Committee member (2016-2020)
Equilibrium, Studio Meredith – jury member, School of Architecture, PU (2015)
Affiliated Faculty, School of Architecture, Princeton University 2015, 2016
Affiliated Faculty, Princeton-Mellon Initiative, 2014-2017
Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Academics and Awareness – Committee Member (2015)
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning – Faculty Fellow (2014-2017)
SEAS Self-Study Committee: BSE Undergraduate Program – committee member (2014-present)
Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy – Elected member, Princeton University (2013-2016)
Council Princeton University Community – Elected Executive Committee Member , Princeton University (2013-2016)
Program in Urban Studies –committee member , Princeton University (2012-present)
Architecture and Engineering Program – committee member, Princeton University (2011-2017)
Robotics and Intelligent Systems Program – committee member, Princeton University (2011-present)
Civ / Arc track – advisor, Princeton University (Fall 2012)
ARC503 Integrated Building Studio – jury member, School of Architecture, Princeton University (2012).
Unflat Inevitabilities Option Studio – jury member, School of Architecture, MIT (2015)
Global Forum: Future of the City –member, Princeton University (2012-2013)
Freshman open house – presenter, CEE, (2011,2013,2014)
Princeton Preview -presenter, CEE, (2013,2014,2015)
SEAS Strategic Planning Workshop – organizer “Urban Resilience” Session (2014)
SEAS Major Fair CEE- presenter (2011,2014)
Freshman Class – advisor (2011-present)
Mathey College – Faculty Fellow (2011-present)