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Dr Mihaela Anca Ciupala

Senior Lecturer

  • EB 1.72, Docklands Campus
    School of Architecture Computing and Engineering (ACE)
    University of East London
    4-6 University Way
    E16 2RD
  • +442082232528
    Dr Mihaela Anca Ciupala is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering with the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
    She obtained her MEng degree in Civil Engineering in 1991 and her doctoral degree in Earthquake Engineering and Safety of Structures in 1999 from the Technical University “Gh. Asachi” Iasi, Romania. After spending 10 years in the industry and academia in Romania, she was awarded an EU Marie Curie Research Fellowship (FP5) at the University of Sheffield (2001-2003). She joined the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in 2003.

    Dr Ciupala holds an MBA in General Management from the University of East London since 2009. Her MBA dissertation was on the “Business Case of Sustainability in the Construction Industry: A Case Study”.

    She is an European Engineer (Eur Ing) with the European Federation of National Engineering Association (FEANI), Brussels, since 2008 and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK since 2009. She holds a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education since 2005.

    Dr Ciupala’s research interest is in the fields of Structural Engineering and Sustainability in the Built Environment. She participated in research grants and industrial contracts/consultancy.


    RESEARCH carried out in two main areas:

    Structural Engineering: Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) confinement and its use in the seismic retrofitting of concrete buildings, base isolation of buildings, energy dissipation in buildings Sustainability in the Built Environment: sustainable design and construction of buildings, green roofs, occupant behaviour in energy efficient retrofitted buildings, waste as a resource in construction

    Co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed journal and conference papers
    Active member of the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), UEL, conducting research on the environmental and economical aspects of sustainability
    Serves as a reviewer for Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Construction and Building Materials, Slovak Journal of Civil Engineering, Journal of Vibration and Control, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
    Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur for EU research proposals, Brussels, 2012-2015
    Member of “COST Action TU1207” European research network on the development of the Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction, 2015

    Research grants and Industrial consultancy

    Seismic Engineering Research Infrastructures for European Strategies (SERIES),
    EU FP7, 2010-2012
    Project title: Seismic strengthening of deficient RC buildings using ductile post-tensioned metal strips (BANDIT)

    Structural Design Manager (Industrial Secondment), Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, the construction arm of Canary Wharf Group plc, London, 2007-2008

    EU Marie Curie Research Fellowship, EU FP5 (University of Sheffield), Advanced Composites in Strengthening Reinforced Concrete Columns, 2001-2003;

    PhD SUPERVISION, as Director of Studies or Co-supervisor:

    Completed – research on:
    - Hygrothermal performance of hemp based thermal insulation materials in the UK
    - Novel uses of vegetable oil in asphalt mixtures (2011)
    - Influence of macro and micro structure on static and dynamic characteristics of peat soil
    - Moisture movement in prehydrated geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs)

    Ongoing – research on:

    - The relationship between post occupancy behaviour and energy efficiency in retrofitted residential
    - The sustainable design of green roofs in relation to their hydrological performance (collaboration with the Sustainability Research Institute, UEL)
    - A novel application for residual wastes in the production of lightweight aggregates (collaboration with the Sustainability Research Institute, UEL)
    - The use of waste paper ash for the production of lightweight aggregates using pelletisation (collaboration with the Sustainability Research Institute, UEL)

    Interested in supervising PhD students in the following research areas:
    -resilience of buildings and people to natural disasters (earthquakes)
    - seismic retrofitting of RC buildings using Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite materials
    - sustainable design of green roofs in relation to their hydrological performance
    - sustainability in the Built Environment


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    Current teaching responsibilities:

    CE7010 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
    CE4101 Introduction to Structural Mechanics
    CE4302T Structural Mechanics
    CEM011 Dissertation (MSc project supervision)
    CE3216  Final Project (BEng project supervision)

    Previous teaching responsibilities:

    CE0102  Applied Physics
    CE2205   Engineering Mathematics
    Programmes: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Civil Engineering Programmes

    Programme Leader for:

    - MSc in Environmental Adaptation and Sustainability (EAS) in partnership with The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales, 2010-2012

    - MSc in Environmental Adaptation and Sustainable Engineering (EASE) in
    partnership with The Eden Project, Cornwall, 2010-2012