Dr. Umut Akguzel
Umut completed his BSc and MSc in Turkey. In 2006, he enrolled in the Civil Engineering Doctoral Programme at the University of Canterbury. His PhD research on the seismic retrofit of non-ductile pre-1970s RC frames using fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials included laboratory experimental testing, refined finite element modeling, and analytical work.
Following completion of his PhD, he began working as a Research Associate at the University of Canterbury and was extensively involved with post-Darfield and Christchurch earthquakes research activities. This included months of field reconnaissance, building safety evaluations within the central business district (CBD) and preparation of a detailed damage reports to the Christchurch City Council.
In 2012 Umut joined Beca Ltd engineering consultants in the Christchurch office. He undertook a number of detailed seismic assessments of multi-storey hospital and commercial buildings as well as responsible in the design of small-to-large scale structural engineering projects. His main role was to bring technical and scientific expertise to structural projects from his experience in seismic assessment and retrofit of existing RC and masonry structures, along with the development of innovation structural solutions for seismic application.
Between 2013 and 2015, Umut was seconded to UC Quake Centre at the University of Canterbury to assist the development of a series of online courses for structural engineers without experience in seismic engineering or in need of a refresher; and newly graduated engineers to integrate a theoretical knowledge on earthquake engineering into their daily design practice. Seismology, basic dynamic theory, seismic design approach in New Zealand, capacity design principles and design problems were some of the topics covered in these courses.
Umut joined the London office of Ramboll, a consulting engineering group with worldwide operations, as a Senior Engineer in May 2015.