Helen Mitrani

I obtained my PhD in geotechnics in 2006 from the University of Cambridge, for work on liquefaction remediation methods for existing buildings. This original work was supported by an EPSRC DTA studentship and formed part of the EU-funded NEMISREF project (FP5-GROWTH, G1RD-CT-2002-00702). Soil cementation using a new type of grout, developed by the ground engineering company Soletanche Bachy, was one of the ground improvement methods studied and was found to mitigate successfully the damaging effects of liquefaction. These results were published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers’15. Following this, HM worked for over 5 years as a consultant engineer for Arup, gaining highly transferrable skills including project management and an ability to collaborate in large multidisciplinary teams. As a result of this experience, I achieved Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011. I joined Newcastle University as a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in 2012. My current research interests are at the interface of structural and geotechnical engineering and include ground improvement, dynamic soil structure interaction and the fatigue performance of soils and structures. In addition to developing this project she is currently working on the long-term cyclic loading behaviour of soils and the effect on the performance of onshore wind turbine foundations.