FRM 1 - Students

A brief introduction to the FRM 1 students (the 2011-2013 group), as written by themselves at the start of their masters. Interested in further information? Why not look at our masters thesis topics here? Fabio Amador (Colombia)
Fabio is a civil engineer with an MSc in environmental engineering with experience as a researcher and consultant in the field of urban water systems. He has taken part in a number of projects including physical and numerical modelling of hydraulic structures, the design and optimisation of storm-water and sewer systems of several towns in Colombia and the development of design standards of water distribution and drainage systems. Fabio is particularly interested in the analysis of comprehensive urban water systems and in the estimation of design flows for hydraulic structures. Fabio is a self-confessed football and MATLAB enthusiast.

Katarzyna Bozek (Poland)
Katarzyna jumped into FRM adventure right after finishing her B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. Having a specialty in Renewable Energy Sources she came across a number of subjects related to water, like hydrogeology, hydrology and water energy. After experiencing her very first flood event in 2010, she decided to learn more about managing water. FRM EM was, and is, the best opportunity to do it and meet some amazing people. Her ultimate goal is to bring Renewable Energy and Flood Risk Management together, with all benefits to both the environment and the people.
Lydia Cumiskey
Lydia Cumiskey (Ireland)
Lydia began the Flood Risk Management course after just completing her B. Eng in Civil Engineering with a focus on water resources at the University College Dublin (UCD).  Lydia’s interest in water developed through studying subjects such as hydraulics, hydrology, coastal engineering and hydraulic structural design.  She is excited to build on this information with this master’s degree and deepen her understanding of flood risk management.   Lydia’s enthusiasm towards flood risk management is concentrating on its applications to reduce the impacts and consequences of flooding in developing countries.
Nilay Dogulu
Nilay Dogulu (Turkey)
Nilay received her BSc in Civil Engineering at the Middle East Technical University (METU), majoring in Hydraulics. She continued her education with a master in Water Resources Laboratory at METU. Her interest in hydrology and floods has increased gradually with her participation in some hydrology and flood events. During her master studies, she also worked in International Hydrological Relations – DSI. Suspending her masters, she started to follow EMMC Flood Risk Management of which she is currently the Course Representative. Her research interests are uncertainty analysis in flood risk management and communicating scientific uncertainty in governments.

Katya Fandakova (Bulgaria)
Katya graduated in Geography with a main focus on Physical Geography before starting an MA in GIS and Cartography, both at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. During her BA degree she spent one semester studying Environmental Management at Liverpool Hope University as an exchange Erasmus student. Having a broad knowledge in the patterns of nature, she feels that  proper water management is the only way for humanity to survive the incoming challenges of climate change. Her aim is to go back to Bulgaria and put all of her efforts in sustainable water management.

Siobhan Gleeson (Ireland) 
Siobhán received her B.Eng in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2011 from University College Cork. During her degree she specialised in the environmental aspects of engineering including wastewater management and hydraulics, while in her final year project she focused on energy. These subjects have given Siobhán the opportunity to further her education into areas that have a profound impact on our lives. Flooding is one of the most relevant and damaging of these areas and has both social and physical attributes. Siobhán looks forward to the challenge faced by the class in combating the affects of flooding throughout the world.
Anthony Grady (Ireland) 
Anthony entered the FRM course directly upon completion of B. Eng in Civil Engineering with a focus on hydraulics from National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). His interest in this field has been developed through the study of hydraulics, hydrology and coastal engineering and in a practical environment with MMKDA Engineers and Architects. Anthony hopes to couple his technical background with an appreciation of the social sciences and risk management in the completion of this course. He is particularly interested in the development of urban flood risk management and disaster management.

Tamim Al Hossain (Bangladesh) 
Tamim received his B.Sc. Eng. in Civil Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and started his carrier at CEGIS, a public trust engaged in research and consultancy in water resources, GIS/RS, environment etc. He has worked in different projects related to flood forecasting and community level dissemination, disaster risk reduction, hydrological analysis, climate change impacts on various natural resources, EIA and various GIS/RS analysis. He is interested in improved flood forecasting through precipitation forecast, new modelling approaches in 2D hydrodynamics, flood risk mapping and climate change impacts on natural resources.

Atiqul Islam (Bangladesh)
Md. Atiqul Islam obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh in 2007. Later, he joined as a lecturer in the same Department. The motivation and directions to pursue his graduate studies in flood risk management are influenced by the prevailing environmental conditions of his country. Bangladesh is one of the most susceptible countries to flood disasters, is facing enormous challenges to ensure environmental safety. Lack of proper technologies as well as paucity of local experts in the field of flood risk management has influenced him to pursue knowledge in similar fields.

Hadush Kidane (Ethiopia) Hadush is yet to write his biography. Please return shortly.

Ryanne Koper (The Netherlands) 
Ryanne completed her BSc International Soil and Water Management with a minor in Water, Disaster and Health at Wageningen University covering both social and technical aspects of water management. During her bachelor program she did an exchange with TU Delft for 6 months and an internship at the Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco, where she got acquainted with the problems and politics among water management, especially in relation to flood management. Ryanne is highly enthusiastic about the social aspects of disaster risk reduction. She finds public involvement important for flood risk management: don’t forget the voice of local communities!
Patricia Lopez (Spain) 
Patricia studied Civil Engineering at the University of Granada, in the south of Spain. She has always held an interest in the promotion of global justice – environmentally, socially, and more and has always worked towards reducing such inequalities. This passion led to her writing her bachelor’s dissertation on the utilisation of recycled materials in construction, having already focussed academically on similar subjects. Since finishing her undergraduate studies, she has collaborated with the University of Granada on numerous research projects. Patricia confesses to be a secret lover of maths and equations, enjoying utilising these interests in the design and construction of structures.

Brian Sempijja
Brian Sempijja (Uganda) Brian joined FRM after his Environmental Eng. & Management (B.Eng.) and Water Eng. (Ord. Dipl.) from Kyambogo University (UG). Due to the humanitarian aid activities related to disaster preparedness and management under European Union funding through Uganda Red Cross, Brian took interest to know the root cause of disasters in developing countries and hence prevention through sustainable analysis and modelling. In particular, he has focussed on water-related disaster issues as he also wishes to improve the engineering academic base at Kyambogo University through lecturing on completion of his graduate studies.

Tegegne Tarekegen (Ethiopia) Tegene is yet to write his biography. Please return shortly.
Shristi Vaidya
Shristi Vaidya (Nepal)
Shristi got into FRM with an aim to intensify her knowledge in the implementation and practices of flood risk management around the globe. After completing BE in Civil Engineering from Tribhuwan University, Nepal, she worked for a hydropower company (Himal Hydro and General Construction limited, Nepal) as a design and Environmental Impact Assessment engineer. Flood being one of the most frequent natural disasters in South Asia, she is keen to work in the field of water related disasters. With the ongoing course, her interest in research has increased tremendously and plans to focus on pre-flood and flood recovery measures.

Maria Vasilyeva (Russia) Maria is yet to write her biography. Pleases return shortly.
Richard Vause
Richard Vause (United Kingdom)
Richard entered the FRM course straight from his bachelor degree in Geography (BSc Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. Whilst studying for his BSc, Richard took an interest in the wide field of water and hydrology, writing his dissertation on water resources and the role of water footprinting in reducing personal water use. In the undertaking of his Masters, Richard marginally re-aligned his focus to flood risk. In particular, he carries an interest in the role of communication in flood risk warnings (and 'Science' communication, in general), the sociological side of flooding and in computational spatial representations of flood risk.

Duc Vu Minh (Vietnam)
Vu Minh Duc graduated from the Coastal Engineering Faculty at the Water Resources University, Hanoi. One of his goals was always to study in Europe and to be part of the FRM course provided an opportunity to achieve this. Also, being honest, Duc confesses that he often prefers travelling to studying and saw the course as an ideal opportunity to travel across four countries over its two year duration! Potential candidates, especially Vietnamese, are always welcome to contact to him concerning the course

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