Notification of upcoming SECED YMSC Elections 2023

More than 4 nominations have been received for the SECED Young Members Subcommittee vacancies, therefore an election will be held. The election will be conducted through Choice Voting. Eligible voters will receive an email on Monday 9 October 2023 from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which will contain a link to the online ballot form. Voting will close at 6PM on Tuesday 24 October 2023.

The full list of nominations is shown below. 

Candidate Name


Supporting Statement

Yazan Asia

University of Cambridge

I am a passionate and energetic engineer and readily take up opportunities to develop myself. I was elected as President of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2017/2018, after being Treasurer in 2016/2017, when the student branch was awarded two distinguished prizes.  Currently doing a PhD in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, funded by Cambridge Trust. In 2021, I was awarded a Master's in Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience at the University of Bristol, with a Distinction classification, funded by the Chevening Scholarship. I was ranked as the fifth top graduate student in the Civil Engineering Department during my undergraduate course. 

Mohamed Elzeadani

Imperial College London

I have been a co-opted member the past year where I helped with co-editing the quarterly newsletter of the society. I would like to continue working on the newsletter to disseminate information to other young members and foster greater knowledge share. I am also eager to meet other young professionals and work with them closely over the next two years. 

Kaveesh Abeysuriya

University of East London

As a PhD candidate reading ‘Seismic Structural Damage Assessment using AI’ at University of East London, a MEng graduate from University of Bristol, and with 7-years in industry as a Structural Engineer, I'm committed to using my academic and practical knowledge to support YMSC's mission. With prior experience in similar roles, I am As a PhD candidate reading ‘Seismic Structural Damage Assessment using AI’ at University of East London, a MEng graduate from University of Bristol, and with 7-years in industry as a Structural Engineer, I'm committed to using my academic and practical knowledge to support YMSC's mission. With prior experience in similar roles, I am committed to fostering collaboration, promoting innovation, and advancing our field for a safer, more resilient future.committed to fostering collaboration, promoting innovation, and advancing our field for a safer, more resilient future.

Fernando Gutierrez Urzua

Gallagher Re

I am a Civil Engineer with 10+ years of experience in structural, earthquake, and risk engineering, both as practitioner and researcher. My work focuses on innovative structural seismic-resilient solutions, risk-based design and assessment tools. As a member of the committee, my contribution will include co-organising and promoting SECED events, and creating collaborative spaces where young members and students can connect with experienced practitioners and researchers.

Nurullah Bektas

Széchenyi István University

Nurullah Bektaş, a PhD candidate in Structural Engineering and Geotechnics at Széchenyi István University in Hungary, specializes in seismic risk reduction and Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) of existing buildings. With BSc and MSc degrees in Civil Engineering from İzmir Institute of Technology, he's received prestigious scholarships and awards. His current research focuses on advancing RVS methods using AI algorithms. As a Research Assistant, he teaches courses and mentors students at Széchenyi István University. Nurullah actively participates in professional organizations, contributing to post-earthquake site investigations and reports.

Zeme Andrews Haycocks


I am an Assistant Engineer at AtkinsRéalis, having graduated from Imperial College with an MEng in Civil Engineering. My experience is primarily in the nuclear sector, with a focus on structural dynamics, seismic design, in-structure shock and FEA. I’m enthusiastic to contribute to SECED, as this position allows the perfect opportunity to learn from and actively involve myself in a community of like-minded individuals and influence this discipline’s future.

Daniel Gilmore


I am a Chartered Structural Analyst at Sellafield Ltd, undertaking FEA in static, seismic and thermal analysis of new and existing nuclear structures, in addition to undertaking structural designs of new nuclear builds. I would like to stand for the YM subcommittee both to represent the nuclear decommissioning industry, and to promote collaboration across the wider dynamics community, particularly between industry and academia on seismic analysis.

Yugal Kishore

University of Cambridge

I am enthusiastic about contributing to the SECED Young Member’s Sub-Committee as it aligns with my passion for promoting excellence in earthquake and civil engineering dynamics. With my dedication to fostering collaboration among young professionals, I am eager to actively participate in initiatives that advance knowledge-sharing, innovation, and networking within our community. I am committed to helping the sub-committee achieve its goals and support the growth of future leaders in earthquake and civil engineering.

Hang Li


I am Hang Li, a geotechnical engineer having been working in Atkins for two years. I have more-than-one-year experience in civil structure design, and I am currently working for Sizewell C nuclear project in seismic and soil structure interaction analyses using FLAC3D.
I graduated from the University of Sheffield with PhD and MSc degrees. I have strong capabilities in numerical modelling using open-source DEM and commercial FEM techniques.

Zeyad Khalil

Imperial College London

Zeyad is a PhD scholar at Imperial College London. He obtained his MSc degree in Earthquake Engineering with Distinction from Imperial and his BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the German University in Cairo. Zeyad’s research focuses on the seismic risk assessment of offshore wind farms and fatigue-induced fracture in steel components. By being part of the SECED YMSC, Zeyad aims at helping to develop a strong active network of the society’s young members.

Ludovica Pieroni

University College London

My name is Ludovica Pieroni and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Structural and Earthquake Engineering at University College London. I obtained my Bachelor's and Master's in Civil Engineering in Italy, and I was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. My research focuses on low-damage systems to reduce the effects of earthquakes on the built environment. As passionate about Earthquake Engineering, I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve YMSC.

This election will be held online. Access to the internet and a working email address are prerequisites for participation in the election. The eligible voters are those members of the Society that qualify as Young Members at the time of the election. All eligible voters will receive a link to the online ballot form via email. Please note that SECED individual members are responsible for keeping their email addresses up-to-date, and SECED corporate members are responsible for keeping the list of nominated representatives up-to-date, including their email addresses. Please refer to the FAQs for guidance on keeping your email address up-to-date. SECED cannot accept any responsibility in the event that the email address of an eligible voter is not up-to-date or not working during the election process.

SECED Fund 2023 Winner

We are happy to announce the winner of the SECED Fund 2023. The SECED Committee selected the proposal by Numan Aloko (PhD student at University of Bristol), titled “Cyclic Axial and Flexural Behaviour of Built-up Cold-Formed Steel Columns”. The Committee was impressed by Numan’s application that looks at the experimental testing of innovative building technology in seismic regions, fully aligned with the aims of SECED. The new round of applications for the SECED Fund will open in June 2024.

More info about the SECED Fund can be found at

SECED Conference 2023 - Keynote Speakers

Details of the eight Keynote Speakers at the upcoming SECED 2023 Conference (14-15 September 2023) can be found below:

Sebastiano Foti Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Stavroula Kontoe Imperial College London, UK
Andrew Mair Jacobs, UK
Eduardo Miranda Stanford University, US
Ellen Rathje Texas University, Austin, US
Emily So Cambridge University, Centre for Risk in the Built Environment, UK
Dimitrios Vamvatsikos National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Irmela Zentner EDF R&D Lab Paris-Saclay, France

Please find abstracts of the Keynote Lectures at the Conference webpage here.

We remind that the full Conference Programme is available at the Conference webpage here and that registration to the Conference is open until the midnight of the 13th of September.

Call for Nominations to SECED Young Members Subcommittee

Take the opportunity to be part of the YMSC!

We achieved a lot this year and we aim at doing even more in the future. That's why we would love to have fresh ideas from motivated, young, creative minds, coming from industry and academia. There are four (4) vacancies for elected members on the Young Members Sub-Committee (YMSC).

Check these links if you want to find out who we are and what we did last year.

How to apply

If you are not yet a SECED member but wish to put yourself forward for nomination, please click here. Note that you need to apply for an individual or student membership, even if you already work for a corporate member.

If you are already a SECED member, please download the Nomination Form and follow the instructions.

Should you require further information, you can always contact us.

SECED Conference announcement

The SECED Committee is pleased to announce that the official Conference Programme is now available on the SECED Conference website.

We would like to invite our attendees to follow our LinkedIn page as more details and highlights related to keynote speakers and conference sessions will be shared in coming days.

The SECED Conference Committee would also like to remind that the registration is still open and available here.