Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

Alumni Students


Andrea Franza

Dr Andrea Franza

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Supervisors:  Dr Alec Marshall and Dr Dariusz Wanatowski

Personal Biography

Andrea is currently a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (UK) where he joined the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction - CSIC in November 2016 with an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. 

Andrea’s research activity spans the areas of geotechnical and structural engineering as well as machine learning. In particular, his work focuses on the topics of soil-structure interaction, tunnelling, pile foundations and smart infrastructure. He holds BSc and MSc degrees with full marks from the Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy) and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham (UK), where he graduated with a thesis titled "Tunnelling and its effects on piles and structures".

In October 2018, Andrea will start an Individual Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Madrid (Spain) to deliver the project;“TUBEURB” in collaborations with the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (Spain) and the Univerisity of Nottingham (UK).

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Twana Kamal Haji

Supervisors:  Dr Alec Marshall and Dr Walid Tizani

Personal Biography
I was born and raised in Kurdistan – Iraq. I did my BSc in civil engineering in Salahaddin University – Erbil (2004-2008). I completed my MSc in civil engineering in the University of Nottingham (2011-2012). My MSc dissertation was about the effect of tunnelling on piles using cavity expansion methods. I started my PhD in civil engineering in October 2013. My research was about evaluating tunnelling effects on buildings. I graduated in December 2017. I am interested in doing research in civil/geotechnical engineering fields, such as soil-structure interactions and inversions of gravity data to reconstruct the subsurface density.
Yang Lu

Yang Lu

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Supervisors:  Dr Alec Marshall and Dr Dionysios Bournas

Personal Biography
Yang Lu is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering at Sichuan University. He received his BEng and MSc from Sichuan University and the University of Nottingham, respectively, in 2011. Then he joined the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG) where he completed his PhD research on seismic design of buildings considering soil-structure interaction. He moved back to Sichuan University in 2017 to start his Postdoctoral research study on dynamic structure-soil-structure interaction and seismic protective systems. His work on earthquake disaster mitigation would help improve seismic resilience of new and existing buildings.

Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

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