Young Members Sub-Committee (YMSC)

Young members are represented within the SECED by the Young Members' Subcommittee (YMSC). The aim of the YMSC is to provide a platform to showcase the talent of young members to the wider community, promote collaboration amongst students and young professionals, enhance knowledge in the fields of earthquake engineering and civil engineering dynamics and sharing ideas and concerns with the wider membership of the Society. They all share a passion for earthquake and engineering dynamics and have already shown great enthusiasm and ideas in the early meetings. Included as part of this section are brief bias of each YMSC member.

Evangelos Yfantidis YMSC Chair

Evangelos is a Civil & Structural Engineer at AtkinsRéalis working in the Nuclear & Power sector of the UK. He is involved in the design, analysis and assessment of nuclear structures under extreme loading conditions, such as aircraft impact and seismic loading. He has also gained experience in the modelling of blast loading conditions while working for the Steel Construction Institute, where he developed new software features for the calculation of blast wave parameters considering blast wave - structure interaction effects. He holds an MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc (Dist) in Earthquake Engineering from Imperial College London, including an MSc Cluster Scholarship. His MSc dissertation proposed a method to determine the nature of accidental explosions by assessing the response of impacted steel members in the vicinity.

Marco Baiguera

YMSC Immediate Past Chair
Marco Baiguera is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering at the University of Southampton. Prior to joining Southampton, he was a Research Fellow at University College London (EPICentre). His primary area of expertise is the impact of natural hazards on the built environment, with particular emphasis on tsunami and cascading earthquake-tsunami vulnerability. He has worked on a number of research and consultancy projects in countries highly prone to earthquake and tsunami, including Canada, Chile, Indonesia, and United States of America.
Maria Liapopoulou YMSC Elected Member
Maria is a PhD student at Imperial College London. Her research focuses on developing numerical and analytical approaches that predict the seismic collapse of structures under realistic earthquake loading, with due account of the strong motion duration. She holds an MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc (Dist) in Earthquake Engineering from Imperial College London. She has been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Imperial, supporting the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and she is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Michalis Michailidis YMSC Elected Member
Michail Michailidis (Michalis) is a Structural Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti, currently being involved in high-rise buildings and stadiums. His experience varies with commercial and residential developments, exhibition centres, museums, refurbishments, stadiums, and offshore wind projects in the UK, Greece, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. He holds an MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc (Merit) in Earthquake Engineering from Imperial College London, including an MSc Scholarship from the Bodossaki Foundation. His MEng dissertation investigated the design of an offshore wind turbine 5 MW in North Aegean, that is supported in a monopile foundation, considering the soil structure interaction, whereas proposing an optimisation workflow to reduce the penetration length's requirements and satisfy simultaneously the serviceability, strength, and fatigue limit states.
Mohamed EI­-Zeadani YMSC Elected Member
Mohamed is a PhD researcher in the Structures Section at Imperial College London. His research is focused on the mechanical and structural behaviour of rubberised alkali-activated concrete, including the material characterisation and structural response under cyclic and impact loading conditions. His technical interests involve developments in sustainable concrete materials, numerical modelling, and mechanics-based solutions for concrete structures under various loading conditions. Mohamed holds an MSc (Structural Engineering) and BEng (Civil Engineering) from University of Putra Malaysia.
Yazan Asia YMSC Elected Member
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. My research is around the backfill-integral bridges behaviour under earthquakes. 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 at An-Najah National University, Palestine.
Daniel Gilmore YMSC Elected Member
Daniel is a chartered Civil and Structural engineer working for Sellafield which presents one of the most significant environmental remediation challenges in Europe.  After graduating from University of Leeds with an MEng in Civil and Structural Engineering, he joined Sellafield Ltd through the graduate programme and had previous roles within the company in structural design, as well as placements in site construction, and geotechnics. He is currently a senior engineer working in the structural analysis team and provides technical expert support to project teams. He is also responsible for the development of new methods for seismic, impact, and SSI analyses.
Ludovica Pieroni YMSC Elected Member
Ludovica is Ph.D. Candidate in Structural and Earthquake Engineering at University College London (UCL). Her research focuses on low-damage high-performance systems to reduce the effects of earthquakes on the built environment. As part of her doctoral studies, she was a Visiting Student Researcher at Stanford University, and she has collaborated with international researchers from the US and EU. She holds a Bachelor's and Master’s in Civil Engineering from Marche Polytechnic University in Italy where she is a Chartered Engineer. She is passionate about Earthquake Engineering and committed to enhance knowledge in the field.