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Full time academic staff
"I am currently teaching four courses on basic and advanced structural analysis and materials and I am also actively engaged on pedagogy and educational projects. My research interests are the understanding and simulation of general and specific aspects of structural response (namely of reinforced concrete structures) under extreme and dynamic loading (namely earthquakes), with a view to improvement of resilience for risk reduction. I also do large-scale testing as a tool to provide validation data for the development of new numerical or mechanics-based models. Some of my current fields of research are outlined here. I am open to national or international collaborations overlapping my research interests. In particular, hard-working researchers from least developed or developing countries searching for better conditions of work and life are welcome to contact me."
Civil engineer and doctor in applied sciences, Pierre Latteur has been a Professeur at the Louvain School of Engineering since 2013, leading the Civil Engineering Group since 2015 (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium).
Beforehand, he has more than 15 years of experience working as a structural engineer, in particular at Setesco and Technum-Tractebel Engineering Brussels, as head of the structural engineering group.
His dual industrial and academic career has allowed him to gain practical experience on a wide variety of projects: high-rise buildings, architectural structures, footbridges, industrial and nuclear structures. He teaches mechanics of structures, building technology, timber structures, construction processes and various design challenges. He has more than 3000 hours experience in teaching.
His research focuses on the optimization of structures, on tensegrity structures, on timber structures, and on the robonumerization of the construction processes. Pierre is a forerunner in the field of construction with high-payload drones.
Hadrien Rattez received a MSc., Civil Engineering, from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France, and a Ph.D., Mechanics, from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France. Before joining the civil engineering department at UClouvain in 2020, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Duke university (USA).
His research interests are both theoretical and experimental and include:
• Geomechanics. Soil characterization and modelling, fault mechanics, landslides, fluid flow through porous media, solid-fluid interactions, CO2 storage and geothermal energies.
• Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Mathematical theory of plasticity of solids, Constitutive modeling for geomaterials, Friction laws and rheology, multi-scale approaches.
• Applied mathematics for nonlinear coupled partial differential equations. Bifurcation theories. Numerical methods applied to nonlinear problems.