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Concrete Infrastructure Research Group (CIRG)


Congratulations to CIRG member Michele, who was recently awarded the 2022 'Italy Made Me' Award in the European Research Council domain: Physical Sciences and Engineering for his doctoral work. The award was presented by the Ambassador of Italy to the United Kingdom, the Scientific Attaché and the Chief Financial Officer of the sponsor Pirelli UK at a ceremony held in London on 12 November 2022.


Michele's PhD thesis titled ‘Deterioration and Cracking in Reinforced Concrete Bridges’ focused on the strength assessment of deteriorated reinforced concrete structures. Among the objectives of the research is the reduction of the safety risks, environmental footprint and economic costs of our infrastructure network. The PhD, carried out under the supervision of the head of CIRG, Prof. Lees, was funded by the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in collaboration with National Highways and Arup.


'Italy Made Me' are awarded in recognition of innovative research conducted by early-career Italian researchers who completed part of their studies in Italy and conducted research in the United Kingdom. The initiative is organised by the Embassy of Italy in London and the Association of Italian Scientists in the United Kingdom (AISUK). You can read more about the award here.



The Concrete Infrastructure Research Group develops sustainable infrastructure, through an improved understanding of existing infrastructure assets, the use of new materials, and the creation of innovative structural solutions.


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