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Personal Statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2018 as Professor in Risk and Asset Management. During my academic career I have participated in several projects related to the development, analysis and optimisation of energy systems through a balanced portfolio of research council funded, industry sponsored and specialist consultancy projects.

I have participated from the onset (2012) in the development of the largest Joint Industry Projects related to Offshore Wind, called SLIC (Structural Lifecycle Industry Collaboration), with the participation of ten wind farm developers/operators, the support of two certification authorities and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), from the initial scoping study, to leading the pre-testing phase and managing the delivery of the main scope of the project which refers to the development of updated S-N curves specific for offshore wind support structures. In 2014, I was awarded an EPSRC Grant to perform research on the structural integrity and reliability assessment of marine energy technologies and a grant in 2016 through the EPSRC Supergen wind hub to develop a framework for the extrapolation of integrity assessment from instrumented to non-instrumented units across a farm. In 2017, I have been awarded another grant from the EPSRC Supergen wind hub to develop an open access O&M tool for floating offshore wind farms. I have been the PI and technical lead for the ELECTRA project, funded by the DECC through Aerogenerator Power Limited (APL) for the development of a novel Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, with the aim of scaling up the concept to the MW scale. I am also a co-investigator on the recently awarded H2020-ROMEO project aiming to develop reliable O&M decision tools and strategies for high LCoE reduction on offshore wind as well as the EPSRC INNO-MPP (2017) project investigating challenges of floating support structures. I am also associated with the EPSRC Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) CDT (2014).

I have authored more than 130 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, act as a reviewer in key journals and has chaired sessions on the Risk and Integrity Management of Energy Assets. I am a member of the board of the European Academy of Wind Energy and a member of the ISSC Offshore Renewable Energy Committee.  I am a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

 

Research Interests

My research interests can be summarised in the following:

  • Quantitative methods in engineering, decision making and risk management
  • Performance/Risk based design, analysis and operational management of offshore/marine energy assets
  • Reliability analysis using non-intrusive stochastic expansions
  • Integrity assessment of ageing structures
  • Development and optimisation of Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Development, application and calibration of design standards.

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