Mr Andreas H Nielsen
Andreas H Nielsen is a Chartered Civil Engineer working for Atkins
in Glasgow. His experience includes analysis and design of steel, reinforced concrete and composite steel and concrete structures. He has developed advanced methods for seismic analysis and authored several papers and presentations on various topics in earthquake engineering. He has provided consultancy services to the nuclear industry and other industries requiring expert advice concerning earthquake and blast protection. He is an annual guest lecturer in the Earthquake Engineering module at Heriot-Watt University.
Immediate Past Chair
Dr Stavroula Kontoe
Stavroula Kontoe is a Reader in Soil Dynamics at Imperial College London
, specialising in geotechnical earthquake engineering and computational geomechanics. Her research and professional activities have included studies on the seismic performance of tunnels, retaining structures and dams, on site response analysis and its incorporation in seismic hazard studies, soil liquefaction, topographic effects on seismic ground motion, modelling vibrations induced by pile driving and slope stability in strain softening materials. She sits on the editorial boards of Computers & Geotechnics
and the Journal of Earthquake Engineering
, has served on the Géotechnique
Advisory Panel (2013-2015), represents the UK in Technical Committee TC203 of ISSMGE and in the European and International Associations of Earthquake Engineering.
Dr Damian Grant
Damian Grant is an Associate Director in Arup
and Seismic Skills Leader for the UK, India, Middle East and Africa region. He is a structural earthquake engineer with experience in the design and analysis of tall buildings, bridges, offshore platforms and other structures under seismic action. He is interested in all aspects of earthquake engineering, seismic design, analysis, risk assessment and code development. Dr Grant has edited the SECED Newsletter since 2012, and in 2020 he co-authored the 4th edition of Earthquake Design Practice for Buildings
with ICE Publishing.
Dr Guillermo Aldama-Bustos
Guillermo Aldama-Bustos has worked as a geotechnical earthquake engineer/engineering seismologist at Jacobs
(previously CH2M and Halcrow) since completing his PhD in 2009 at Imperial College. During his PhD he focused on the area of seismic hazard analysis, with particular interest on regions with low to very low seismicity. At Jacobs, Guillermo has been involved as seismic hazard analyst and geotechnical earthquake engineer in several major projects around the world involving the design of ports, bridges, off-shore oil developments and dams amongst others. He actively promotes developments in his specialist field both through his job and through his continued research interests, especially in the area of seismic hazard analysis. Guillermo’s main areas of interest are: probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, site-response analysis, liquefaction assessment and the seismic design of geotechnical structures.
Dr Barnali Ghosh
Barnali Ghosh is a Technical Director at Mott MacDonald
(London) and a Fellow at Institute of Civil Engineer (FICE). She is a chartered civil engineer with specialization in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. She was recently selected among the top 50 women in engineering in UK in 2020. She is the International Winner of 2017 Shamsher Prakash Award for Excellence in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Practice. During her long career, she has acted as a seismic designer and reviewer for high-profile projects around the world. She has been propagating sustainable solutions for developing countries which have wide social outcomes. She remains connected to the academic world as a Royal Academy Visiting Professor at Cambridge University where she teaches Geo Seismic Engineering. She is currently the treasurer for SECED.
Dr Andrew Mair
Andrew Mair is a Director of Operations in Jacobs
. He has particular interests in seismic engineering, design for blast and impact loads, and soil-structure interaction, and has been involved in the design of a range of structures including military facilities, nuclear plants, dams, bridges, airports and buildings. Andrew is a member of the BSI committee on Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance, and is a Fellow of both the ICE and IStructE.
Dr Christian Málaga
Christian Málaga is a researcher, engineer, and educator currently working as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London where he leads the Emerging Structural Technologies Research Group
and is Director of Undergraduate Admissions. His research is centred on improving the response of structures and infrastructure systems to short-term and long-term stressors through emerging structural technologies. Of particular interest are engineering problems arising in extreme or hostile environments such as earthquakes and extra-terrestrial settings; including the development, design, optimization and implementation of passive, semi-active and other protective strategies. His esearch has received several prizes including the Structures Best Research Paper Prize from the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Tso Kung Hsieh Research Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Unwin Prize from Imperial College London.
Mr Mohammad Nazri Mustafa
Mr Mark Scorer
Mark Scorer is a Chief Engineer working for Atkins
in the Ground Engineering Team as the Discipline Lead for Seismic Geotechnics and Market Sector Lead in Nuclear and Defence. He has fourteen years’ experience working on and managing a range of sensitive projects in the oil & gas, nuclear, defence, dams and building development sectors both in the UK and internationally. Mark leads a team of more than 20+ specialists with a special interest in earthquake engineering and international development. He is also a qualified Urban Search and Rescue Engineer with the UK charity SARAID and their Engineering Training and International Development Officer.
Dr Ming Tan
Ming Tan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with his experience mostly in the UK nuclear and defence industries. He is currently a Senior Principal Structural Engineer within the nuclear division of Mott MacDonald
. He has extensive experience in the field of seismic analysis and design, blast protective design and aircraft / vehicular impact assessments. Ming is currently leading a team of engineers / analysts specialising in dynamic analysis of civil engineering structures against extreme natural and man-made hazards.
Mr Brian Young
Brian Young is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is the Lead Technical Authority for Civil, Structural & Architecture at AWE
. He has 25 years of experience in the design, assessment, construction and testing of structures to resist explosion effects for a range of applications. Since joining AWE in 2009, he has developed a keen interest in earthquake engineering, which resulted in completion of an MSc in this subject at Imperial College London in 2021.
Mr Piroozan Aminossehe
Piroozan Aminossehe is an independent consultant. He has extensive experience of analysis and design of heavy complex structures subjected to dynamic loads and had a key role in the design of Sizewell ‘B’ nuclear power station as head of the analytical group. He is a fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and has served as an elected member of council of the Institution.
Mr Ian G Smith
Ian G Smith is a Chief Engineer in the Civil Infrastructure Division of Atkins
Design and Engineering. He is a Civil/Structural Engineer experienced in design, analysis and construction across a broad range of projects in the nuclear, highways, water and maritime sectors with particular reference to dynamics, soil-structure interaction and seismic design.
Dr Valentina Putrino
Valentina Putrino is currently working as Catastrophe Risk Analyst at Ariel Re
. She gained her PhD from University College London (UCL), focusing on the development of a framework for the multi-hazard assessment of historic masonry structures. She has gained experience in the seismic risk assessment field by taking part in many field investigations within research and consultancy projects in Italy, Ecuador, and the Philippines. In 2016 she took part in the EEFIT mission to Central Italy and later she won the EEFIT 2017 Research Award to continue her research on the cumulative damage to the historic urban fabric of Norcia (Italy). She currently holds the position of Vice-Chair of the EEFIT Committee, she is the SECED Representative for the World Federation of Engineering Organization (WFEO) – Committee on Disaster Risk Management (CDRM), and she is also the designated liaising member between both SECED and EEFIT Committees.
Dr David Hawthorn
David Hawthorn is a seismologist with the British Geological Survey
. He has more than a decade of experience in onshore passive seismic data acquisition around the world for a variety of governmental, private and academic groups and including site specific monitoring of critical infrastructure. His current role is the management of the BGS’s seismic network of approximately 100 stations across in the UK.
Young Members Representative
Ms Tina Marinatou
Tina Marinatou is a Geotechnical Engineer at Atkins
, currently working on seismic soil-structure interaction problems for nuclear facilities. Her professional experience includes seismic hazard studies, site response analyses, liquefaction assessments, numerical modelling for seismic analyses as well as pseudostatic design. She has worked on national and international infrastructure projects in a number of countries including Brazil, the Philippines, Mozambique, the Kingdom of Tonga, Angola, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. Tina holds and MEng (Hons) from the National Technical University of Athens. Having received several scholarships, she continued her studies in Imperial College London, where she obtained an MSc (Dist) in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology. Her MSc dissertation was awarded the ‘Atkins Prize for Soil Dynamics and Engineering Seismology’.
Geological Society Representative
Dr Anna Hicks
Anna Hicks is a volcanologist at the British Geological Survey
(Edinburgh), specialising in Disaster Risk Reduction and Development. Her research explores the relationships between humans, landscapes, and natural hazards, with a risk reduction focus. She mainly works at the local community level and integrate methodologies from the social and physical sciences, arts and humanities to co-develop innovative ways of empowering communities to respond to and cope with the threat and impacts of disasters. She became the leader of the Geological Society's new "Geohazards, Geoengineering and Georesilience" theme in March 2021. This is one of five new strategic themes which present an opportunity for the Society to engage with major global challenges and advance the contribution of the geosciences towards solutions.
Prof Ahmed Elghazouli
Ahmed Elghazouli is Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of the Structures Section at Imperial College London
. He is also Director of the MSc programme in Earthquake Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStructE). In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contributions to engineering. His main research interests are related to the response of structures to extreme loads, focusing on the areas of structural earthquake engineering, structural fire engineering and structural robustness. He has led many research projects and authored more than 300 publications in these areas, and has worked as a specialist consultant on numerous engineering projects worldwide. He has also participated in various activities related to international code development and to committees formed by industry and other professional institutions/learned societies. He is past Chairman of SECED and UK National Delegate to the International and European Associations for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE and EAEE). He also chairs the British Standards Institution (BSI) Committee B/525/8 on seismic design.
Mr Richard Fowler
Richard Fowler is an Earthquake Engineer working for the Office for Nuclear Regulation
as a Principal Inspector - Nuclear Safety within the Civil Engineering and External Hazards specialism. He has been with ONR since 2013 and has been working within the nuclear industry since 2006. He continues to lead the ONR assessment of seismic hazard work for new build projects, and is also involved with Generic Design Assessment.
Mr Zygmunt Lubkowski
Ziggy Lubkowski is an Associate Director at Arup
, and is their geo-seismic skills leader for UK, India and the Middle East. He has carried out geotechnical and seismic design, analysis and assessment for a range of structures in the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and humanitarian sectors. He has acted as the seismic specialist for major projects such as nuclear plants, major bridges, tunnels, dams, and numerous seismic hazard studies around the world. Ziggy has been Chair of both SECED and EEFIT. In 2009 he won the Shamsher Prakash prize for excellence in practice of geotechnical earthquake engineering. In 2018 he was made a Royal Academy of Engineers Visiting Professor at UCL. Ziggy is responsible for press and social media communications for SECED.
Prof Tiziana Rossetto
Tiziana Rossetto joined UCL
in 2004. She founded and co-directs EPICentre
, which is a multidisciplinary research Centre for the study of natural hazard risks to communities and the built environment. She founded and teaches on the MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management. From 2009-2011 she helped establish and co-directed the EngD Centre in Urban Sustainability and Resilience. The main focus of her personal research, has been the development of empirical and analytical methodologies for the derivation of fragility and vulnerability curves, which can be used to predict the probable damage in structures during an earthquake. Tiziana has undertaken a number of field missions to assess damage to buildings and infrastructure in earthquake zones including the L'Aquila earthquake 2009, Wenchuan, China earthquake of 2008, the Kashmir Earthquake of 2005, the Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami 2004, and the Bhuj Earthquake, India 2001.