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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Seismic evaluation of the FlexiArch bridge system ( open to international)
2. Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure for near zero energy public transport ( to meet DfE eligibility)


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Personal profile


I am currently the Dean of Research for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, a Professor of Structural Engineering and lead the Intelligent infastructure group at Queen's.  I have accumulated over twenty years' experience in researching, developing and lecturing on issues associated with the built environment. I have a track record in attracting research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, USA_Ireland (thoguh DfE/SFI/NSF tripartite agreement ), InnovateUK, EU FP7, and Knowledge Transfer Partnership.I have current  funding with EPSRC leading the Intelligent Infrastructure WP of the Prosperity Partnership devleoping Near zero energy public trnasport. A prioritisation of our research is to safeguard the integrity of our built environment; the components and the end users and my research activity aims to promote this. I intend to advance the area of intelligent sensing technologies with the use of advanced concretes and composites in, and for, the built environment through collaborative research and to foster my external links both nationally and internationally. 

Research Statement

My aim is to develop intelligent sensing technologies and advanced concretes and composites in and for the built environment and to promote sustainable development. My current funding has enabled collaborative research in this area. My specific research interests are the application of Fibre Optic Sensors for structural and durability monitoring of concrete and timber structures, the development of low energy materials, the use of advanced composites in construction, structural analysis and CMA. I have published several papers and technical reports as outlined in the attached publication list. I currently supervise/co-supervise 8 PhD students, four research staff and have supervised successful PhD students. I have a successful track record in Knowledge Transfer and a recent partnership received a National Award for Engineering Excellence. I am also the Director and a founder member of a QUB spin-out company, Sengenia Ltd.


I have significant teaching experience at University level and have supervised UG designs teams and MEng projects which have won top national prizes. I am currently the Programme co-ordinator for the MEng in Structural Engineering with Architecture which has seen the successful collaboration across disciplines.

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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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