Lecturers

Dr Odile Abraham graduated in 1990 at the École des Travaux Publics de l’État (ENTPE, France), she obtained a M.Sc. in acoustics in 1990 at the École Centrale de Lyon (France) and a PhD at the University of Wales College of Cardiff (UK) in 1993 in structural dynamics. She integrated Ifsttar (ex-LCPC) in 1993 and started to work in applied geophysics and non-destructive testing. She obtained her “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” in 2004. She is a specialist in investigation techniques based on mechanical waves and its major fields of interest are: surface waves, non-contact ultrasonics measurements, propagation in very heterogeneous media. She is a member of the Permanent Scientific Board of the French Confederation of Non-destructive Testing (COFREND). She has contributed to the creation of MUSC laboratory (non contact ultrasonics measurement lab) at Ifsttar. She has co-organized the International Symposium on Non-destructive testing in civil engineering in 2009 (Nantes). Since 2015 she his the Director of the Geophysics and Non Destructive Evaluation laboratory at Ifsttar. She is the coordinator of the European H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 INFRASTAR project.

Eugen Brühwiler is a Professor of structural engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Maintenance and Safety of Structures (MCS) at the EPFL – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, since 1995. He received his civil engineering and doctoral degrees from the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich in 1983 and Lausanne in 1988. His teaching and research activities include modern methods of examination in structural engineering including structural and fatigue safety, monitoring and reliability of bridges and buildings as well as the use of Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cement-based Composites (UHPFRC) for the rehabilitation and strengthening of structures. He is the leader of WP2, "structural and action models", in the INFRASTAR project.

Ariane Dupont-Kieffer, PhD, is Director of the Sorbonne School of Economics at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Her research focuses on the links between economic theory, modelling and policy making and policy assessment. She has done extensive research in the area of Epistemology and History of Economic Thought and focused specifically on the history of econometrics and macroeconomics and the relationship between measurement issues, statistical analysis and policy making. After ten years of experience of investigating theoretical and methodological issues, she worked with Ifsttar (former INRETS) to contribute to the assessment of road externalities. Within the perspective of sustainable transportation, she has developed the understanding of determinants of mobility with a focus on gender and equity issues to be related to efficiency. An important part of her work is dedicated to enhance international comparison of data on gender and equity in mobility and to translate research findings into policy implementation.
Ariane Dupont-Kieffer has been involved in European projects such the TEA COST Action No. 1209 “Transport Equity Analysis: Assessment and Integration of Equity Criteria in Transportation Planning” where she developed with colleagues a proxy measure to appraise equity in urban mobility policy based on the theoretical framework developed by the European cooperation in the field of transport equity.
Ariane Dupont-Kieffer is key member of the TRB Scientific Committee on Women’s Issues in Transportation.

Priv. Doz. Dr. rer. nat. Ernst Niederleithinger got his diploma in geophysics in 1990 from TU Berlin, Germany. He has got a PhD degree from University of Potsdam and a habilitation degree from RWTH Aachen university. After working for 11 years in a geophysical contractor he joined BAM, the Federal Research Institute for Materials Research and Testing. Currently he serves as head of the division for NDT in civil engineering and coordinates BAM’s new competence center for data analytics. His main research interests are ultrasonic imaging and monitoring, especially using geophysical techniques. In addition, he lectures at RWTH Aachen university. He is a member of various committees working on recommendations for NDT. He is the leader of WP1, "monitoring and auscultation", in the INFRASTAR project.

Alice Pezard is an attorney at law (own firm) and arbitrator. After having been successively advisor of Jean-Claude Trichet (former Director of Treasury and Legal Director of Caisse des Dépôts Group), she chaired for four years the Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Paris which hears appeals against decisions of the Competition Authority and the AMF on IP issues. She is now at the Court of Cassation (economic) and lecturer at HEC and Sciences Po (Paris, France). She is also the author of the first four comments on Monetary and Financial Code. Together with other expert European lawyers, she is in charge of the creation of a Patents European Court of Justice within 1-2 years.

John S. Popovics holds a Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University 1994) in engineering science and mechanics. He has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since January 2002. He has also held the positions of Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, Assistant Professor at Drexel University, Guest Scientist at the German Federal Materials Research Institute (BAM-Berlin), Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and Visiting Researcher, Laboratoire Centrale des Pont et Chaussées (LCPC) in France.
Dr. Popovics teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on materials properties, construction material corrosion and durability, concrete technology, and non-destructive testing.
Dr. Popovics is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Academy of Mechanics, and he is a named Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He participates as a voting member in five technical committees and currently serves as chair in two committees in these societies. He serves as associate editor of the Journal of Nondestructive Testing. He is affiliated with the Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials (ACBM).

Dr. Ing. Franziska Schmidt is a senior research engineer (ENTPE Engineering diploma in 2005, MSc and PhD of INSA - Lyon in 2005 and 2009 respectively), working at Ifsttar on the vulnerability of road infrastructure to natural and man-made actions. She has been involved in several European research projects, for example ITN Marie Curie projects (TEAM, Infrastar), FP7 (TRANSFORMERS), CEDR Projects (Re-gen, FALCON), and national French projects. She also intervenes in expert knowledge studies on the assessment of existing structures to traffic and climatic actions. She is part of OCDE WG "Policies to extend the life of road assets".

John Dalsgaard Sørensen works as a Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark where he also obtained his academic and doctoral degrees. The research and teaching activities are focussed on structural reliability and risk analysis with a strong background in offshore wind energy and offshore engineering. He is also very active in international, European and Danish standardisation.

Dr Marc THIELE

Dr.-Ing. Marc Thiele has studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. He worked for 3 years as a plant layout engineer at Siemens Power Generation in the field of conventional power plants. He moved to BAM Division – Buildings and Structures to work as a researcher on the topic of fatigue of concrete. In 2015, he defended his PhD (TU-Berlin) about the damage evolution in concrete under high-cyclic compressive loadings. Since 2016, he is a research associate at BAM Division - Buildings and Structures. There, he is responsible for the topics of structural engineering and also for experimental testing. Furthermore, he is involved in the tasks of BAM within the approval process for offshore wind farms in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in Germany. His research interests are focused on the fatigue behaviour of concrete and steel at material and structural level. Since 2017, he is member of the ECCS - Technical Committee Fatigue and Fracture (TC6).

Sebastian Thöns works as an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark and the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany. He received his civil engineering, structural engineering and doctoral degrees from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, the University of Manchester, UK, and the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, respectively. The research and teaching activities are focussed on decision processes and decision analytics in engineering, also in the contexts of value of information analyses in conjunction with structural health information.