Dr Helen Mitrani is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Newcastle University and a Chartered Engineer. She obtained her PhD in Seismic Geotechnics from the University of Cambridge in 2006 for work on novel liquefaction remediation methods for existing buildings. Following this, she moved to industry to work as a Structural Engineer for Arup, in their London and Newcastle offices. During this time she was involved in the design and construction of diverse and challenging structures, including a new facility for testing 100m long wind turbine blades. Her current research interests are influenced by her background in structural and geotechnical engineering and include the development of responsive materials for civil engineering, novel ground improvement techniques, the effects of long-term cyclic loading on soils and structures, liquefaction and liquefaction remediation.