Scientific Committee

Franck Schoefs (University of Nantes)

Prof. Franck Schoefs, PhD, is Professor of Civil and mechanical EUniversitéde Nantes, France since 2010. Former Student of Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, Franck received his Ph.D. (1996) at Université de Nantes and his accreditation to supervise research (HDR) in 2007. He is the head of the TRUST Group (Monitoring, Reliability and Structural Computation at GeM), 40 people, since 2010 and CEO of the ‘Sea and Littoral Research Institute’ (650researchers) since 2017. He advised President of Université de Nantes about the scientific strategy of Marine Renewable Energy since 2014 and is member of the board of West Atlantic Marine Energy Community since isfoundation (2015). He is the member of the Scientific Committee of the network of French Marine Universities (16 Universities). His main research field concernsreliability, inspection and maintenance of offshore structures including themodeling of degradation processes (corrosion, biofouling, ..).

Jerry Hajjar (Northeastern University)

Jerry Hajjar is the CDM Smith Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems, or STReSS Laboratory, at Northeastern University. His research and teaching interests include analysis, experimental testing, and design of steel and composite steel/concrete structures, regional modeling, and earthquake engineering, and he has published over 200 papers and authored or edited four books on these topics. Dr. Hajjar serves on the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Committee on Specifications and several of its task committees, including chairing Task Committee 5 on Composite Construction.Dr. Hajjar is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and has received a number of awards for his research and teaching on steel and composite structures, structural stability, and earthquake engineering, including the 2016 ASCE Moisseiff Award,the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, the 2009 ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award, and the 2005 AISC T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award.

Andrew T. Myers (Northeastern University)

Prof. Andrew T Myers, PhD, PE is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University and a registered professional engineer in the state of California. Prior to joining Northeastern, Andrew worked for two years at AIR Worldwide in SanFrancisco, where he consulted on site-specific natural catastrophe risk assessments. He received his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) at Stanford University and his B.S. (2004) from Johns Hopkins University; all three degrees are in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on Structural Engineering. He was awarded the 2016 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on offshore hazard modeling. His research interests include wind energy structures, multi-scale experimental testing of structures, computational mechanics-based simulation, and probabilistic modeling of structural and natural systems.