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Dr. Muhammad Arslan Khan receiving the Broberg Medal 26Jul
Dr. Muhammad Arslan Khan receiving the Broberg Medal

Dr. Muhammad Arslan Khan, who completed his PhD in 2020 from the School of Civil Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), won the Broberg Medal for the Best PhD in UCD in Mechanics, 2020 on 2nd June 2022. Dr. Khan’s PhD focuses on the Bridge Health Monitoring using the direct vibration measurements from bridges, novel redeployment strategies and the bridge weigh-in-motion techniques. His PhD, under the supervision of Prof. Eugene OBrien and Dr. Daniel McCrum, aims to detect structural damage of bridges without the need for any traffic disruptions and difficult sensors deployment. Currently, Dr. Khan is working, as a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCD, in the area of Drive-by Railway Infrastructure Monitoring, using train accelerations, automation, and machine learning techniques.

Strategies to Keep the Taps Running, Whatever Happens 07Feb
Strategies to Keep the Taps Running, Whatever Happens

Climate change is just one more factor making the unpredictable world of fresh water supply and demand even more uncertain. Dr Sarah Cotterill is interested in finding ways of ensuring continuity of supply when, not if, water systems fail. Despite everyone’s best efforts this will happen, she says, possibly resulting from two or more things occurring at the same time or in swift succession. “That’s where resilience comes into play.” The arrival of just such an event, the COVID pandemic, provided her and a team of researchers from Ireland and the UK with the opportunity to examine how well existing water company risk management strategies performed in response to the challenges presented by a high impact, unpredictable threat. This information is of immense value in helping the water industry and policymakers devise better, more adaptable, approaches to risk management in an increasingly uncertain world.

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