About Me

I am a civil engineer, working toward a PhD degree at The University of Nottingham. My research aims to analyse the effect of asset management on the reliability and safety of ageing infrastructures - with a focus on the nuclear industry - by mean of probabilistic modelling and machine learning.
I hold a BSc and an MSc in civil engineering from Aleppo University and The University of Nottingham, respectively.​ Prior to my MSc, I spent one year working in a construction company in Dubai.​ During that period I was exposed to an international work environment where I had the opportunity to work on the construction of world leading facilities such as Al Habtoor City (Dubai) and Qatar Handball Association Complex (Doha).

Education

The University of Nottingham

PhD in Civil Engineering | Resilience Engineering Research Group 2016 - present

The research aims to develop modelling techniques to investigate the impact of asset management on the reliability and safety of ageing nuclear power plants.
A C++ code is developed to express the behaviour of the system and relies on continuous degradation processes, probabilistic theory, fuzzy logic and system model expressions. The performance of the systems is analysed by mean of simulation whereas optimal operation strategies and potential weaknesses are identified by mean of machine learning and data analysis (1st year engineering research showcase poster).

The University of Nottingham

MSc in Civil Engineering 2015 - 2016

1-year course| Research project: Bond characteristic between steel and high-strength foam concrete (poster).

Aleppo University

BSc in Civil Engineering 2008 - 2013

5-years course| Graduation project: Structural and seismic analysis of a residential building.

Work Experience

Water-Wheel Construction Contracting

Civil Engineer | Dubai, UAE 2014 - 2015

Water-Wheel Construction Contracting is a precast contractor based in Dubai, UAE. It specialises in the manufacturing and installation of prefabricated glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) components. ​
Working for Water-Wheel, I had the opportunity to experience a variety of positions and included activities such as: structural designing (download sample work: finite element analysis), production planning and site supervision. This combination of roles enhanced my multi-tasking capabilities and time management. ​
During that period, I was introduced to an international and vibrant work environment where I had to work independently and with others; which allowed me to improve my communication skills and strengthened my team-working capabilities. ​ ​
Moreover, the dynamic and unpredictable nature of construction work exposed me to continuous challenges that I and my team had to quickly overcome to meet our targets. Nevertheless, this environment stimulated my quick-thinking and boosted my confidence in making decisions.


Key projects
United Arab Emirates
• Al Habtoor City | 25,000,000 AED | (link)
• Jumeirah Villas | 24,700,000 AED | (link)
Qatar
• Qatar Handball Association Complex | (link)
• Sheika Mariam Complex | 2,400,000 AED | (link)

Recent Activities

PhD to Consulting Conference

PtC19 Organising Committee Sep 2018 - present

The PhD to Consulting (PtC) conference is a one day annual event targeted at doctoral and post-doctoral researchers interested in pursuing a career in consulting.

Languages

Native in Italian and Arabic
Fluent in English
Basic knowledge of German

Technical skills

Confident in C++, MATLAB and Python
Very familiar with AutoCAD, ETABS, SAP2000, SAFE
Good knowledge of Primavera P6