Dr Nikolaos Tziavos

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    - Acousto-ultrasonics for Structural Health Monitoring of reinforced concrete elements (Available for self-funded students)

    Personal profile

    Biography

    Nikolaos joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in September 2021. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Associate in infrastructure monitoring at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge, conducting research work on structural health monitoring applications for reinforced concrete infrastructure. Prior to that he was a research associate at the University of Bath and a teaching assistant at University of Birmingham. 

    Nikolaos holds a PhD on composite connections for offshore wind turbine support structures from the University of Birmingham. An MSc degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from Surrey University and an MEng in Mehcanical Engineering from the University of Western Macedonia, Greece. He is also a Chartered member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and a Visiting Academic Fellow at University of Cambridge.

    His current research focuses on improving design guidelines for concrete and composite structures by utilising non-destructive testing. Of particular interest are acousto-ultrasonic methods for damage detection.

    Qualifications

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Aston University, 2022
    • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, 2022
    • PhD, Department of Civil Engineering, Birmingham University, UK, 2019
    • MSc Renewable Energy Systems Engineering, Surrey University, UK, 2014
    • MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Greece, 2013

    Employment

    • 2021-Current: Lecturer in Structural Engineering, Aston University, UK
    • 2019-2021: Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK
    • 2018-2019: Research Associate, University of Bath, UK
    • 2018-2019: Research Assistant, University of Birmingham, UK
    • 2014-2018: Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham, UK

    Visiting Appointments

    • 2021- Current: Visiting Academic Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK 
    • 2015: Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Steel Construction, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Chartered member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
    • Member of the Structural Health Monitoring for Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII)
    • Member of the Offshore Engineering Society (ICE)

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • Supergen ORE Hub-Early Career Researcher-Research Fund (£5k)

    PhD Supervision

    • 2022-current: Modelling and design of energy piles for buildings (Associate Supervisor)

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

    External positions

    External Examiner

    1 Sept 20231 Sept 2027

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