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Student Profile: Sabina Piras

05 November 2020

Structural Engineering PhD Candidate, Sabina Piras, talks about her love for bridges


Sabina Piras, PhD candidate in Civil Engineering talkes about her love for bridges.

"Those who know me know that I love bridges, maybe even more than my supervisor, Prof. Alessandro Palermo! Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a bridge engineer in California for 6 years, then another 2 years in Auckland. I have always idolised my supervisor’s work in bridge-related research and knew that one day I wanted to come to the University of Canterbury to obtain my PhD and continue a career in academics. I have been very fortunate in my career to have had the opportunity to design iconic bridge infrastructure like the Idaho Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing in Santa Monica, California (in this picture I am holding a 3D printed model of this bridge). Now my motivation has shifted to develop new low-damage systems for bridges that I believe will revolutionise the bridge engineering industry and practice. I am looking forward to my PhD journey and the future of bridge engineering!"


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