João Ramôa Correia, Portugal

João Ramôa CorreiaThe IABSE Prize honours a Member early in his, or her career for an outstanding achievement in the field of structural engineering, in Research, Design or Construction. The Prize is presented to Individual Members of IABSE, forty years of age or younger. IABSE has conferred the IABSE Prize 2012 to João Ramôa Correia, Portugal, “in recognition of his important research in GFRP structures, leading to significant achievements internationally awarded”.

João Ramôa Correia, graduated in Civil Engineering from IST – Technical University of Lisbon in 2001, being the best Civil Engineering student of that year. Afterwards he received his MSc in 2004 and did his PhD in 2008, always with the
highest qualifications. Since 2008 he is Assistant Professor at IST, teaching the areas of rehabilitation and new materials. While pursuing his PhD, he also worked at ‘École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. After completion of his PhD he has been involved in research in new materials, namely GFRP, with significant results expressed in recent years by: - 35 scientific journal papers, 55 conference papers, several prizes and honours; and two patents. At IABSE he was one of the founding members of Working Group 2: ‘FRP Structures’ where he has an active participation, with work leading to the ‘Outstanding Young Engineer Contribution Award’ at the IABSE Weimar Symposium 2007. Besides his research activities he has also been involved in several consulting projects, associated with 130 technical reports, dealing with bridge behaviour and testing and structures rehabilitation. He has developed innovative software (BIST) to estimate bridge safety under trucks overloaded, presently being used in major national motorways, for which he has received a national prize. João Correia, has already an impressive curriculum associated with research in new materials, with several practical engineering applications and with national and international prizes.