It’s been a long journey but after months of hard work, we are more than happy to introduce you to our fellows who will spend next 3 years in universities and companies across Europe working together under SMARTI ETN project.

This 15 young researchers will work alongside worldwide roads and railways experts on the development and improvement of the transport infrastructures while carrying on the vision of our project towards the SMARTI future that will make our everyday lives much easier.

Under the Work Package 2 “SMARTI Prototypes”, 7 researchers are investigating the possibility of developing smart prototypes of infrastructure components for roads, railways and airports, while using innovative tools towards Sustainable Multi-Functional Automated Resilient infrastructures.

Ignacio Nilo Ruiz Riancho

ESR1 “REJUCAPHALT” Encapsulated rejuvenators for asphalt mixture

Ignacio is born in Ontaneda, a small village of Cantabria, in the north of Spain. He finished his BSc and an interuniversity MSc in Chemical Engineering in University of Cantabria and University of Basque Country. Ignacio completed his Master thesis in Dynasol Elastomers, one of the most important manufacturers of rubber, a part of REPSOL company.

“SMARTI ETN is a great opportunity for becoming a good researcher because of the outstanding research groups and companies collaborating in this project. The close contact with the industrial world, through secondments in companies and training, is also a key factor for the future professional development in this field. Furthermore, working in an international environment is always an enriching experience to grow personally and professionally and it is also a good chance to enhance the ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures.”

Maria Barriera

ESR2 “Nano Asphalt” Nanosensor technology for road pavements

Maria is currently based in Lyon, but she completed her studies at the University of Salento after carrying out an internship at the University of Minho (Portugal). While studying she worked as a trainee in an Engineering Firm in Lecce.

“SMARTI is the opportunity to take a step forward in building my career as an engineer. I will work in a dynamic and stimulating context where sharing results are the way to learn more and to improve our own work.”

Domenico Vizzari

ESR3 “RA2ROAD” Development of a pavement system able to capture solar energy

Domenico graduated in Civil Engineering at Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy) and he collaborated with the laboratory of road materials. He published some papers regarding the noise absorption and he is working on the energy harvesting from the pavement.

“For next years I expect to publish new papers, collaborate with public or private companies and start the researcher career in the field of the road engineering.”

Giulia Siino

ESR4 “RaCoMo” Development of a railway system component (earthworks, transitions, trackbed, drainage) remote condition monitoring methodology and analysis tools to predict future system deterioration

Giulia studied Environmental and Land Engineering and completed her MSc programme, Geo-Engineering specialization. which prepared her to design and implement excavation engineering interventions (surface and underground) and monitoring. During her final year at Polytechnic of Turin, she discovered her passion for research. After the degree, she collaborated with the Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering (IGAG) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Torino, Italy, on the design and execution of geotechnical monitoring plans for the remote and continues measurement of stress and displacement of supporting elements in Carrara marble quarries.

“I love travelling and discovering new places and cultures. I am a curious and resolute person. This is why I was so excited when I heard about SMARTI ETN, and enthusiastic when the commission chose me for the ESR4 – RaCoMo project. From this experience, I would pull all the wonderful opportunities for personal and professional growth. I hope to have the chance to promote my project on different occasions during the SMARTI ETN programme in order to have the opportunity of constructive debates and advices. I expect to constantly be in touch with stimulating people in a dynamic work environment pushing me to do always my best.”

Ahmed Zakaria Hafez Mohamed

ESR5 “SHERI” Sustainable Harvesting of Energy from Rail Infrastructure

Ahmed was research assistant at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Renewable Energy Engineering Program and participated in Renewable Energy Systems course as a teaching assistant. He had worked before for one year as Assistant Lecturer in the Renewable Energy Group in Environmental Engineering Department at Ain Shams University, and before this for three years as Assistant Researcher in Solar Energy Department at National Research Centre. Furthermore, he worked as an electrical engineer at Fayoum University.

“I expect that I will be a professional in the design of the rail infrastructure at the end of the project and enhance my skills in civil engineering field especially with different climate conditions in different countries. Where one of my targets in the long term that I want to be an interdisciplinary engineer in many fields of engineering not only my basic scientific background.”

Iain Dunn

ESR6 “Smart Damper” Smart railway and road bridges through novel formulation for introducing seismic damper

While studying Mechanical and Electronic Systems Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University, Iann took part in two Erasmus exchanges, first to Porto, Portugal for an Erasmus Project Semester and then secondly to Esslingen, Germany. These exchanges, particularly Porto, credited with his desire to continue studying.

“Studying and living abroad has been something that I’ve been interested in for as long as I can remember and, naturally, when I decided that I would like to pursue a PhD, SmartiETN was an obvious choice. Not only do I have the opportunity to make connections with people in academia which will last me a lifetime, while I study a topic which I am greatly interested in, but I get to do all of that while immersing myself in a new culture.”

Mario Manosalvas Paredes

ESR7 “SmartEcoPave” Smart and Sustainable solutions for road and airport pavements

Mario is a Civil Engineering from the Army Polytechnic School (Ecuador) and a Master of Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Mario has been working as Pavement Engineer for more than 5-years in South America and Europe. While working for the Consultancy Department in Dynatest Denmark A/S from 2015 to 2017, Mario did multiple Structural and Functional Evaluations in airports like Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport to name a few. In parallel, Mario has given seminars and training courses in Spain (2016), South Korea (2016), and Argentina (2017) and presented the research carried out in Denmark in the application of the Fast-Falling Weight Deflectometer as Accelerated Pavement Testing at the 10th International Conference on BCRRA in Greece (2017).

“Being a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow is a great opportunity to contribute to the science community as well as providing solutions for a better asset management in terms of budget allocation. My aim for the next 3-years is to gain and share knowledge on Pavement Engineering in order to develop solutions that can be applied worldwide.”