2016 - Dr Federico Pisano
Federico is an Assistant Professor of Offshore Soil Mechanics at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). He received his B.Sc. (2005), M.Sc. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) degrees from Politecnico di Milano (Italy); in 2009 he visited as a Ph.D. student the Mathematical modelling in Engineering group at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Span). Upon earning the Ph.D. degree he joined in 2012 the Computational Geomechanics group at the University of California Davis (USA) , then he went back to Politecnico di Milano (2013) prior to his current appointment at TU Delft (since November 2014).
Federico's research areas relate to the constitutive/numerical modelling of geomaterials and geotechnical systems, with previous application to slop stability, shallow foundations and piled rafts. His current interests in the field of Offshore Geomechanics concern the analysis of soil-foundation-structure interaction for offshore wind turbines, jack-ups and floating structures. More information about Federico's activities are available at https://www.citg.tudelft.nl/FPisano
2015 - Dr James Schneider
2014 - Dr Ashraf Osma
Dr Osman obtained a MPhil in 2002 and a PhD in 2005 from Cambridge University, both in geotechnical engineering. Dr Osman's research focuses on developing analytical and numerical solutions for soil-structure interaction problems. His research has been funded by the RCUK, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Council. He is currently leading the Newton Fund international consortium on Unsaturated Soils Mechanics for Engineering Practice (UnsatPractice).
Dr Osman is currently a member of the editorial board of the ICE proceedings - Geotechnical Engineering and he was a member of the Geotechnique Advisory Panel (Jan 2011 - Jan 2014) and the Executive Committee of the UK Association of Computational Mechanics (2012 - 2014).
2013 - Professor David Muir Wood
David Muir Wood read Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1970. He received his PhD there in 1974 for research on the true triaxial behaviour of clays, followed by a lectureship from 1975 -1987, moving to Glasgow University where he was the Cormack Char of Civil Engineering.
In 1995 he was elected Chair of Civil Engineering at Bristol University, becoming Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 2003. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998. David's current research explores themes concerned with the particle-continuum duality of soils. He is developing constitutive models for soils with breakable particles, for soils whose finer particles are being transported away by the internal flow of water, and for soils whose mechanical response is improved by the addition of short flexible fibres.