Researcher biography

My expertise is structural timber engineering and my research interests encompass the theory, analysis, design and performance of timber connections, detailing for timber durability, timber offsite construction using both engineered wood products and light timber framing and design for manufacture, assembly and disassembly.

I joined UQ in 2019 and prior to that I completed a PhD on the seismic performance of connections in tall timber buildings at the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand. I also hold a Masters of Science in structural engineering from Delft University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In the past I have researched geodesic bamboo domes and bamboo connections.

As part of the ARC Advance Timber Hub, I co-lead Node 3 on Extending Building Life, and lead project 1.2 on timber connections. I am currently a committee member of Standard Australia Committee TM-010 (Timber Structures and Framing), a steering committee member of WG1 a COST Action Helen (Holistic Design of Taller Timber Buildings), and a founding member of the International Association for Mass Timber Construction.

Areas of research