Dr. Juliana Byzyka

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Lecturer

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. I am responsible for teaching Civil Engineering Communications; Civil Engineering Construction; Design and Construction Management; and geometric design for Highway Design and Analysis modules.

Prior to this employment, I worked as part time teaching assistant at Brunel University London at the College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences for Material Science; Solid Body Mechanics; Technical Drawings; and Professional Engineering Applications and Practice module practical sessions. During this time, I also supervised undergraduate and master’s students for their final year projects and participated as panel member for review and approval of programs for the Colleges of Business, Arts and Social Sciences; Health and Life Sciences; and College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London.

I spent five years in the industry and worked as a civil engineer in the UK and Greece for highway and telecommunications projects respectively. I graduated from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering and from Brunel University London, UK with an MSc in Advanced Engineering Design. I received my PhD in Civil Engineering from Brunel University London, UK. My main research areas can be summarised as pavement engineering, patch repair failures on asphalt pavements, use of infrared technology in patching operations for improving the performance of pothole repairs and simulation modeling of pothole heating and repair process. My research has been supported by International Chem-Crete, Inc., EPSRC, Brunel University London, Epicuro (UK) Ltd and DAC Consulting (UK) Ltd.

Areas of research

Pavement engineering, Pavement failures, Asphalt mixtures, Concrete mixtures, Finite Element Modelling

Teaching

  • Level 4 Civil Engineering Communication
  • Level 4 Civil Engineering Construction
  • Level 4 Civil Engineering Integrated Design Exercise
  • Level 5 Design and Construction Management
  • Level 5 Highway Design and Analysis
  • Level 5 Highway Standards and Applications
  • Level 4 and 5 Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship course

Research Interests

  • Pavement engineering
  • Performance enhancement of asphalt and concrete mixtures
  • Pavement failures
  • Pavement maintenance and rehabilitation
  • Infrared technology
  • FEA
  • Sustainability and the Environment

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BSc(Hons) in Civil Engineering, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009
  • MSc in Advanced Engineering Design, Brunel University London, UK, 2015
  • PhD in Civil Engineering, Brunel University London, UK, 2018
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP), University of Salford, Manchester, UK, 2020
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2020
  • Fellow of the Institution of the Chartered Institution of Highway and Technology (FCIHT), 2019

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Awards

  • PhD funding, International Chem-Crete Corporation based in Texas, USA (Dec 2015 – Nov 2017)
  • EPSRC DTP studentship (Dec 2017 – Nov 2018)
  • Vice-Chancellor Travel Prize for attendance in the 10th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields held in Athens in 2017 (May 2017)
  • Best Paper Award, 8th International Conference Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements held in Singapore in 2016 Paper title: Thermal segregation of asphalt material in road repair (July 2016)
  • Woman in Engineering Scholarship for MSc studies, awarded by the College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University (Sept 2014 – 2015)
  • Honorary scholarship as the top performing student at the end of my Bachelor’s Degree, awarded by the University of Thessaloniki, Greece (March 2009)
  • Honorary scholarship for the academic year 2006-2007 (third year of college) during my Bachelor’s degree, awarded by University of Thessaloniki, Greece (March 2007)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Research Excellence, College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University (July 2019)

Media Coverage of Research

Infrared fills the gaps, Brunel University, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k-MP8_pFfQ (Sept 26, 2018)

Potholes: how engineers are working to fill in the gaps, the Conversation, https://theconversation.com/potholes-how-engineers-are-working-to-fill-in-the-gaps-102055 (Sept 19, 2018)

Infrared puts the heat on potholes, The Engineers, https://www.theengineer.co.uk/infrared-heat-could-improve-pothole-repair/ (Jan 24, 2017)

Infrared could absorb shocking pothole repair bills, Brunel University, https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Infrared-could-absorb-shocking-pothole-repair-bills (Jan 23, 2017)

Smart Infrared tech could cut pothole repair bill by £3.5bn, Auto Express Magazine (Jan 18, 2017)

New pothole repair method could dramatically cut council’s repair bills, potholes.co.uk, https://www.potholes.co.uk/ (Dec 21, 2016)