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 Vice Chair
Maria is a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Her research focuses on developing analytical  approaches for structural assessment under extreme loading. Before that, she was a postdoctoral  researcher at Imperial College London, investigating the response of heritage masonry structures. She  holds an MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc  (Dist) and a PhD in Earthquake Engineering from Imperial College London. During her PhD, she  developed predictive models for the collapse of structures under realistic earthquake loading, with  due account of the strong motion duration. She also obtained teaching experience as a Graduate  Teaching Assistant, 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.
Pedro Carvalho Costa YMSC Co-Opted Member

Pedro is a structural engineer from Lisbon, where he completed his Integrated Master's Degree (MSc) in Structural Engineering, with a dissertation on precast concrete structures. He started his career at Foster+ Partners where he worked on several projects in seismic areas around the world. Some of these projects include the Tocumen International Airport in Panama, the New Phnom Pehn International Airport in Cambodia and other projects in California, Kazakhstan, and The Philippines. He is currently an Associate Structural Engineer at WSP, where he has been working on the HS2 Old Oak Common Station project, the largest train station ever built in the U.K. in one go. Pedro is a Chartered Engineer in Portugal and a Chartered Member of the ICE.

Zeyad Khalil YMSC Co-Opted Member

Zeyad is a PhD Scholar at Imperial College London. His research is focusing on the seismic performance and risk assessment of renewable energy structures with particular emphasis on offshore wind farms. In addition, Zeyad's recent research work involved the numerical investigation of the fatigue-induced fracture in steel components undergoing low-cycle fatigue. Zeyad has also been involved in the collaborative European project FAILNOMORE where he has contributed to the development of a design manual on the design of steel and composite buildings against progressive collapse. Zeyad obtained his MSc degree in Earthquake Engineering with Distinction from Imperial College London in 2020 and his BSc degree in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours from the German University in Cairo in 2018, where he completed his BSc project and thesis at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Filip Zinkiewicz YMSC Co-Opted Member

Filip is a Civil Engineer at AtkinsRéalis, currently seconded to Rolls-Royce SMR and working on the design of small modular reactor, in-containment structures. He has 9 years of experience in structural design and site supervision gained on energy, infrastructure, high-rise and temporary works projects in Poland and the UK. He has an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) and an MSc (Dist) in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management from UCL. His dissertation was dedicated to numerical analysis of seismic soil-structure interaction in underground structures.

Hang Li YMSC Co-Opted Member

Hang Li is a geotechnical engineer in AtkinsRéalis, currently focusing on seismic hazard and soil–structure interaction analyses for nuclear power plant facilities. He has also obtained substantial experience in civil structure design and construction support for major projects across the UK. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a PhD (2021) and an MSc (2016), and Dalian Maritime University in China with a bachelor’s degree (2015). He has a strong background in numerical modelling using either discrete element modelling (open-source physics engine in his PhD research on micro to macro soil behaviours) or finite element/difference approach in structural/geotechnical dynamic responses.