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.

Fiona Hughes

YMSC 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.

Valentina Putrino

YMSC Immediate Past Chair

Valentina Putrino is a Research Associate at University College London. Her PhD focused on the development of a framework for the multi-hazard assessment of historic masonry structures. She has gained experience in seismic risk assessment taking part in many field investigations within research and consultancy projects in Italy, Ecuador, and in 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.

Tina Marinatou

YMSC Vice Chair, Website Co-Editor

Tina is a Geotechnical Engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV getting involved in the design of national and international infrastructure projects. 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 maritime projects in a number of countries including Mozambique, the Kingdom of Tonga, Angola, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. Tina holds and MEng (Hons) during which she specialized in Earthquake Geotechnics. 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’. She is currently the Vice Chair of SECED YMs and also provides support to the PIANC WG225 for the revision of the seismic design guidelines for port structures.

Socrates Angelides

YMSC Co-opted Member

Socrates Angelides is currently a PhD Student in the Department of Engineering, at the University of Cambridge. He joined Cambridge in 2016 as part of the Future Infrastructure and Built Environment CDT. His research focuses on the blast response of glazed façades, developing analytical models for the post-fracture response of laminated glass. He studied MEng Civil Engineering at Imperial College and worked for 3 years at DNVGL as a structural engineer in the Oil and Gas industry designing offshore steel structures.

Marco Baiguera

YMSC Member, Website Co-Editor

Marco Baiguera is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering at the University of Southampton. Prior to joining Southampton, he was a member of EPICentre at University College London. 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.

Manuela Daví

YMSC Member, YMSC Newsletter Editor

Manuela Daví is a Chartered Senior Geotechnical Engineer working at Jacobs in London, specialised in seismic hazard assessment, geotechnical earthquake engineering and vibration impact assessment. She has worked on a wide range of international projects, including seismic design of major infrastructures, liquefaction assessments and probabilistic seismic hazard assessments of industrial sites, including nuclear facilities. Before moving to London, she worked as a Geotechnical Earthquake Engineer at Studio Geotecnico Italiano in Milan and previously spent few months at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia in Milan, looking at 3D numerical simulation of seismic amplification of real sites due to topographic effect, as part of her MSc at Politecnico di Milan.

Areti Koskosidi

YMSC Member

Areti is a Geotechnical Engineer currently working at Arup’s seismic team in London. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology from Imperial College. During her career, she has been involved on many challenging projects in the UK and abroad mainly for the Energy and Nuclear industries. Her areas of expertise combine her geotechnical background with her developing interest in seismic hazard and risk. She mainly focuses on site characterisation, site response analysis (both deterministic and probabilistic using Monte Carlo Simulations to account for the soil variability) and earthquake induced liquefaction assessment. She also has a wide experience in probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA) studies as she has performed the seismic source and ground motion characterisation for many critical facilities around the globe.

Arash Nassirpour

YMSC Member

Arash is a Lecturer in Structural and Earthquake Engineering at University College London (UCL) within the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering and a member of EPICentre research group. He is currently the Programme Director of MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management and the Module Leader for Advanced Seismic Design of Structures at master’s level. He holds a PhD in Structural & Earthquake Eng. with an extensive experience on structural vulnerability and resilience assessment in various countries such as Philippines, Italy, India, Kyrgyzstan, China, Chile, Nepal, UK and Turkey.

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.