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 bios of each YMSC member.

Tina Marinatou

YMSC Chair

Tina 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’.

Marco Baiguera

YMSC Vice 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.

Fiona Hughes

YMSC Immediate Past Chair

Fiona is a geotechnical engineer at Arup. She has experience working on numerical analysis and geotechnical design of underground structures and foundations for projects in the UK, India and US. Fiona’s particular technical interest is in soil-structure interaction. Fiona has a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in earthquake geotechnical engineering, both from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD investigated the seismic behaviour of structures with basements in liquefiable soils – through a series of highly instrumented centrifuge tests which she designed and conducted and a mechanical model which she developed and programmed. Fiona was part of the 2016 EEFIT reconnaissance mission to Muisne, Ecuador, and has been an active member of the SECED Young Members Subcommittee since its inception.

Julia Katharina Moller

YMSC Member

Katharina is a PhD researcher in the Geotechnics Section at Imperial College London, where she is currently investigating the behaviour of monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines under seismic loading. She holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from ETH Zurich with specialisations in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering. Her technical interests lie in the fields of dynamic Finite Element analysis, constitutive modelling of sands and liquefaction phenomena.

Iro Mytareli

YMSC Co-opted Member, Website Co-editor

Iro is an enthusiastic structural engineer with over 2 years of experience working in building design teams in the UK. She holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering (Hons) from the National Technical University of Athens, where she specialised in Structural and Earthquake Engineering and studied the seismic performance of an ancient monument through numerical analysis in her final project. She has also completed an MSc in Earthquake Engineering at Imperial College London with Merit. As a co-opted member of the editorial team, Iro is looking forward to networking with active  professionals and researchers in the field of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics and expanding her knowledges and skills.

Allen Ojema

YMSC Co-opted Member, Newsletter Co-editor

I am a Chartered Civil/Structural Engineer with both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Fire Engineers. My background is specialist in nature, and I have been focusing on the assessment of structures to resist extreme dynamic loads, such as impact, blast fire and seismic loads - often associated with safety and security of essential sectors, including Oil & Gas, Defence, Automotive and Nuclear. I am passionate about structural dynamics and being a co-opted member of SECED Young Members Subcommittee is something I am very excited about. I am looking forward to learning, networking and continue to build upon the great work that the committee has been doing. As a co-opted member of the editorial team, I look forward to delivering quality publications that continue to shape and push forward structural dynamics. 

Ahsana Parammal Vatteri

YMSC Member

Ahsana is a researcher in the final year of her PhD at University College London. She joined UCL in late 2017, after working as a Civil Engineer (Construction) in India for three-years and completing her Masters in Structural Engineering. Her PhD project explores seismic and flood risk assessment of confined masonry school systems using applied-element analysis and Bayesian Networks approach. She currently works as a Research Assistant on the UNESCO chair on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilient Engineering, chaired by Prof. Dina D’Ayala at UCL. She also acted as a part-time consultant during her PhD, for projects on seismic safety of schools for DFID (UK) and the World Bank. While at UCL, she participated in the 2020 EEFIT Aegean reconnaissance mission and served as an elected officer at the Students’ Union. She is interested in inter-disciplinary research for holistic hazard resilience of critical infrastructure from engineering, social and developmental perspectives.

Chris Pearce

YMSC Member

Chris Pearce is a Principal Engineer in the Design & Advanced Technology practice of Atkins’ Infrastructure division. After completing his PhD in Engineering at the University of Exeter, he joined Atkins to work in industry in 2014. He has experience in structural design and structural integrity assessments, primarily in the offshore wind and nuclear sectors. His professional interests include structural dynamics, design for strength and fatigue, simulation, and design automation.

Emily Pepper

YMSC Co-opted Member, Newsletter Co-editor

Emily Pepper is a structural engineer at Arup. She specialises in assessment and retrofit of existing structures, with a focus on masonry and timber design. Her interests lay in the assessment and retrofit of historic structures and seismic design of masonry and timber. She has experience working in Canada, Malta, Germany, and the UK. Emily has a Bachelors of Applied Science from the University in Ottawa, where her capstone focussed on optimising the use of timber concrete composite systems to minimise seismic loading in high seismic zones. She has a Masters of Science from Imperial College London, where her Dissertation was on understanding the dynamic behaviour of CLT structures in a disproportionate collapse scenario (localised key element removal).

Evangelos Yfantidis

YMSC Member

Evangelos is a Graduate Civil & Structural Engineer at Atkins 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.