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
02/09 – present Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Princeton University, Princeton, USA
10/06 – present Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Brussels, Belgium
Affiliated with Department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions
10/04 – 12/08 Polytechnic for Art and Science St-Lucas Brussels, Belgium
10/03 – 9/06 Ney and Partners, Consulting Engineers Brussels, Belgium
Senior Project Engineer
9/02 – 9/03 Jane Wernick Associates, Consulting Engineers London, England
Full-time Project Engineer
9/00 – 8/02 Civil Engineering Department, University of Mauritius, Moka, Mauritius
Visiting Fellow in Structural Design and Analysis
3/94 – 8/94 Structwell Designers, Consulting Engineers Mumbai, India
Structural Engineering Intern
3/93 – 8/93 Architektenwerkgroep, bOb Van Reeth Antwerp, Belgium
Architectural Engineering Intern
REPRESENTATIVE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES – PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Scientific Commitee of Ecole des Ponts ParisTech | France
FNRS National Fund for Scientific Research Belgium | SEN3 and Foresight
ASCE | American Society of Civil Engineers – member Aesthetics in Design Committee
IASS | International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures | member WG Concrete Shell Roofs, WG Structural Morphology and WG Historical Structures
IABSE | International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
TensiNet | Association for Tensile Surface Structures
International Association of Space Structures | Editorial Board Member
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).
Invited talks and presentations
“Form and Elasticity”, research seminar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, April 2014.
“Elastic Structural Shapes”, research seminar,University of California, Berkeley, March 2014.
Keynote Lecture, 4th Design Modelling Symposium Berlin“Rethinking Prototyping” , University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany, 29 September – 2 October 2013.
“Active Bending”, invited presentation, VI International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures – STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2013, Munich, Germany, 9 -11 October 2013.
“Computation in shells”, Keynote lecture, WG13 IASS Symposium, Wroclaw, Poland, September 2013, 23-27 September 2013.
“A glass roof based on a 16th century sea chart”, invited talk Engineering and the Arts lunch time lecture series, Princeton University, May 2013.
“Better Urban Shells”, Research presentation, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, March 2013.
“Finding Shapes for Shells”, Research Presentation, Laboratoire Navier, Ecole des Ponts, Paris, France, March 2013.
“What I did next: Structure and Form”, Research presentation, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, England, March 2013.
“Structural Forms and Forces”, Research presentation, Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Germany, March 2013.
“Shaping Civil Structures”, Research presentation, TU Delft, The Netherlands, March 2013.
“Shells: Efficiency through Form”, Research presentation, VUB, Belgium, March 2013.
“Finding Better Forms for Structures”, Research presentation, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, March 2013.
“Getting into Shape: Sustainable Civil Infrastructure”, Project Showcase, Shanghai, China, January 2013.
“Form Finding and Optimisation in Civil Structures”, Department of Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, USA, November 2012.
“Finding Form”, Lunch Time Talk, Mathey College, USA, November 2012.
“Ivy + Sustainability”, Princeton University, panel member, April 2011.
“Women in Science”, Princeton University, colloquium, March 2011.
“Form-Finding of Footbridges”, Princeton University, School of Architecture, lecture in IWS Fa10, October 2010.
“Designing Pedestrian Bridges”, Guy Nordenson Associates, Engineering Firm, NYC, October 2010.
“Finding Sustainable Forms: Exercises in Structural Design”, M.Eng. seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, September 2010.
“Women in Science, Math and Engineering.”, Princeton University,orientation panel member, September 2010.
“A Grand Challenge: Creative Structural Design”, M.Eng. seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, November 2009.
“The Challenges of being a female engineer”. Princeton University, Keynote speaker GWISE (Graduate Women in Science and Engineering) yearly opening ceremony, October 2009.
“Form and Forces”. Princeton University,MIRTHE Summer Program, July 2009.
“Form Finding and Digital Fabrication”,Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), Engineering Firm, NYC, June 2009.
Structural Membranes 2015, co-organizer session “Advances in Dynamic Relaxation Method”, Barcelona, 2015.
International Conference on Innovation in Architectural Design and Fabrication (ICIADF2014 ), member international scientific committee, Toronto, 2014.
Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology (CST2014), member editorial board, Naples, 2014.
IASS-LSTE 2014 Symposium, member international scientific committee, Brasilia, Brasil, 2014.
Structuring the built environment: Time, Place and Progress, member organizing committee, Rome, Italy, 2014.
ASCE/SEI Design Forum, member organizing committe, NYC, USA, 2014.
ICAMA 2013, chair person session on Engineering-Kinetics and Adaptability, Toronto, Canada, 2013.
Design Modelling Symposium, member scientific committee, Berlin, Germany, 2013.
CC2013 Fourteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing , member editorial board and session chairperson, Sardinia, 2013.
IASS 2013 Symposium, member international scientific committee and session chairperson, Wroclaw, Poland, 2013.
ICFF2012 Second International Conference on Flexible Formwork, member scientific steering committee, Bath, UK, 2012.
CST2012 The Eleventh International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, member editorial board and session chairperson, Croatia, 2012.
The Fazlur Rahman Khan Distinguished Lecture Series and Grand Opening of the exhibition “Fazlur Khan: Structural Artist of Urban Building Forms”, Sept. 9, 2011, co-organized with Maria Garlock.
INSA Workshop, Princeton University, June 2011, co-chair with Prof. Garlock and Prof. Billington.
Optimization Workshop, Princeton University, co-organised with Prof. Lochner, Hochschule Biberach, Germany, March 2011.
Workshop on Sustainable Design in developing Countries, for Engineers without Borders, funded by the High Meadows Sustainability Fund, October 2010.
Form Finding Workshop, Princeton University, co-organised with Prof. C.J.K. Williams, Bath University, UK, April 2010.
CEE205 Mechanics of Solids – Fall 09,10,11,12,13,14
CEE262A Structures and the Urban Environment (one lecture and precept) – Spring 09 and 11, 12,13,14
CEE546 Form Finding of Structural Surfaces – Spring 11, 12,14
EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering (one lecture) -Spring 14
CEE473 A Social and Multi-dimensional Exploration of Structures (co-taught with Prof. Garlock and Prof. Glisic) – Fall 10, 12
CEE474 : Steel Bridge Design (co-taught with Prof. Garlock and Prof. Glisic) – Spring 14
Independent Study Classes:
CEE376: Independent Study (undergraduate) – Spring 11,13
CEE509: Directed Research (graduate) – 10,11,12,13
CEE510: Research Seminar (graduate) – 10,11,12,13
Visiting Post-doctoral and Student Research Visitors:
Victor Charpentier (Fall-Winter 2013), Labo Navier, Ecole des Ponts, Paris, France.
Rajan Filomon Coelho (Summer 2013), Batir, Universite Libre de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium.
Hao Liu (Spring 2012),Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CFINS), Department of Automation, Tsinghua University,China
James Richardson (Fall 2011- Spring 2012), Université Libre de Bruxelles, BATir (Building, Architecture and Town planning Department), F. D. Roosevelt, 50 – CP 194/2, B – 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Rene Motro (Spring 2011), Laboratoire de Mécanique et Génie Civil, Case courrier 048, Université Montpellier II, Place Eugène Bataillon 34095 Montpellier, Cedex 5,France
Tine Tysmans (Fall 2009), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B – 1050 Brussel,Belgium
Evrard Fauche (Summer 2009), École Polytechnique ParisTech, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex, France
Landolf Barbarigos-Rhode, Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, (2012-present)
Ashley Thrall (2011). “Design and Optimization of Linkage-Based Moveable Bridge Forms”, Ph.D. dissertation presented to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University. (co-advised with Prof. Garlock)
Sina Nabei, Ecole des Ponts, Paris, France (2014)
Kaloyana Kostova, Bath University, UK (2014)
Caitlin Mueller, MIT, Building Technology Group,USA (2013-present)
Dorotea Sigurddotir, Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,USA (2013 – present).
Jonathan Glassman, Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USA(2012 – present).
Yao Yao, Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,USA (2012 – present).
Benoit Deschamps, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Batir, Belgium(2010-present).
Ting Tan, Princeton University, Department of Mechanical and Aero Engineering, 2011.
Hannah Bands, Ph.D., Class of 2017.
Edward Segal, Ph.D., “Polyester rope in suspended footbridges”, Class of 2015.
Allison Halpern, Ph.D., “Sustainable Footbridge Design Methods”, Class of 2014.
Matthew Streeter, M.S.E. Class of 2014.
Matthew Horner, M.S.E. Class of 2014.
Luca Nagy, M.S.E. Class of 2014.
Daniel Reynolds, M.A., Class of 2013.
Alex D Jordan, M.S.E. Class of 2013.
Meghan Krupka, M.S.E. Class of 2012.
Serguei Bagrianski, M.S.E. Class of 2012.
Patrick D’Ambrosio, M.Eng, Class of 2009 (2009)
Undergraduate Senior Theses
Sabrina Siu (2013) – “Investigation into Sun shading applications of Electroactive Polymers” (co-advised with SigurdWagner)
Peter Szerzo (2013) -”Spoke wheel membrane structures” (co-advised with Michael Stein, Schlaich and Bergermann NY)
Katelyn Scanlan (2013) – “A Sustainable Solution for Terrace Club of Princeton” (co-advised with Robert Harris)
Victoria Richardson (2013) – ” Adaptable tensegrity modules” (co-advised with Gordana Herning)
Lux, Sarah (2012) – “The evolution of the American synagogue” (co-advised with Prof. Lewis, School of Architecture)
Weiss,Daniel (2012) – “Forms for vaulted systems for abandoned churches” .
Brown, Nathan (2012) – “Structural and Geometric Feasibility Study of Hypar Shells”
Fletcher, Daniel (2012) – “Barrier island system in New York Harbor” (co-advise with Guy Nordenson and Howard Stone)
Tina Yuting (2012) – “Smart Forms Using dielectric elastomers” (co-advise with Sigurd Wagner and Catherine Peters)
Wachter,Maryanne (2011) – “Structurally efficient Timber Grid Shell Nodes: a case study of the Scunthorpe Sports Academy.”
Prier, Megan (2011). “Responding to Nigeria’s Building Challenges: A Bamboo Dome Design for a Nigerian School.”
Huang, Scott (2011). “Parametric Statics: Automated Graphical Methods for Design, Analysis and Form Finding.”
Abellard,Daneeka (2011). “Plybamboo in Haiti: A Feasibility Study of the Use of Laminated Bamboo Lumber for Bridge Construction in Haiti”
Clark, Lauren (2010). “The True Cost of Construction:An Analysis of the Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the Materials Used in the Streicker Bridge”
Horstmeyer, Gregor (2010). “Glass Hypar Shells”
Sitler, Ben (2010). “Integrated digital Design to Construction Workflow: from a structural engineer’s perspective”
Undergraduate Independent Research Work
Bar Shabtai (2013). “Dynamc Relaxation.”
Szerzo, Peter (2011). “Geometry and Structural Analysis of Deployable Pantograph Structures”
Princeton University Service
Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy – Elected member, Princeton Univeristy (2013-present)
Council Princeton University Community – Elected Executive Committee Member , Princeton University (2013-present)
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).
Global Forum: Future of the City -member, Princeton University (2012-2013)
Freshman open house – presenter, CEE, (2011,2013)
Princeton Preview -presenter, CEE, (2013)
Princeton Preview - host, CEE (2014)
SEAS Major Fair CEE- presenter (2011)
Freshman Class – advisor of 2011
Mathey College – Faculty Fellow (2011-present)