First Secondment at IFSTTAR

Being at IFSTTAR for my first secondment was a great experience I could ever had as part of my Ph.D. and life; besides living in Paris for two months, I had wonderful networking opportunities there. I started my secondment before Christmas holiday, it was nice to see French culture and food for the New Year and spending the holiday in Paris. I was working there with Maria Nesterova (ESR6) and I had the chance to have the guidance of Franziska Schmidt at IFSTTAR. I had a challenge at the beginning when I wanted to start with the planned program I had before I go to IFSTTAR, There were lots of lessons I had learned at this stage. First of all, we need to have at least three meetings before going to a secondment to be sure everything will match our interest, available data and etc. Secondly, would be good to study those contents you will work on them as part of your study during the secondment that you are not still familiar with in advance. This will help you to save time, as usually s…

Second project training at EPFL

One of the advantages of our project is that we have three trainings, which will help each ESR in their project, as they will gain a lot of knowledge related to their Ph.D. topic there. We have three work packages in our project; it is organized like that we will be familiar with the whole idea of each package during training as well as our own package. Each ESR has to give a presentation about their work to let others know about their progress and topic of their Ph.D. It is a good opportunity to find an idea to cooperate with each other.
This time we had time to work on a group on a topic with another ESR from a different work package. I had cooperation with another ESR at IFSTTAR where I have a secondment there, Mariia Nesterova (ESR6). During training, besides all the lectures, there was another lecture or I can say another activity held by a guy from industry which was so beneficial for all of us to learn how a good team working can be and how we can improve it.
Besides all of our t…

COST TU1402 Training School on the Value of Structural Health Monitoring Information in Italy

I would like to share my experience in this post about participating in COST TU1402 Training School on the Value of Structural Health Monitoring Information in Italy. This training had a scholarship and for me, it was the first time to apply for such training. I highly recommend all Ph.D. students and researchers to have networking with people who are in their field of study to be informed about such training. Thus, you will gain a lot of experiences from the beginning steps until the end. -You will learn how to write a motivation letter for such positions. You will update your CV in these cases if you have forgotten to. (I also recommend you to keep your CV update all the time) -First part of the training was a great opportunity for me because the content of the lectures in the training was along with my Ph.D. with prestigious professors. Series of lectures were well-organized; moreover, we had time to work on some exercises each day to apply the applications of the contents of each l…

A lot of work to do...

I am now passing a course with the title of design and analysis of experiment. More courses I am passing, I feel I can apply the concepts in my project. So I highly recommend PhD students pass courses in first year. This month, I got a set of measurement data from a bridge in Switzerland to work on it which at least now seven ESRs are working on it. I started to work on the data and apply whatever I learned from last course in DTU that I posted in my last blog to do uncertainty analysis.  Furthermore, my supervisor suggested me to work on an interesting topic which is risk assessment of ice and blades part throwing away from wind turbines. Just imagine that you are passing from a road near wind turbine by your car in winter if there would be icing in the blades of wind turbine, what would be the risk of being killed by ice pieces thrown away from wind turbine. This project will be extended with cooperation with another ESR (Lijia Long).

Together with five ESR in Aalborg

I attended alot of courses which was very applicable to use in my project.
Last one was a summer school in DTU, whitch It was in Copenhagen and I find out there how to do uncertainty and sensivity analysis.

We are now 5 ESR in Aalborg, we are looking to see all of other ESRs next year, here in Aalborg University.

I am now working on two article, one with my colleage Amol, ESR9, and the other with Lijia ESR12.

Here I am...

My name is Sima Rastayesh. I am from Iran. I passed my bachelor and Master in nuclear energy engineering in Science and Research of Tehran branch Azad University. My background is related to the field of risk and reliability engineering. I choose this position to apply as it was within the area of my expertise. I liked this position because I was interested to gain experience about wind turbines and use my background on that. I am now happy to work with 12 ESR, which I feel they are more like my friends rather than colleagues. We had a great time together in Berlin and with some of them in Aalborg where I am now living.
Visiting wind turbine structure was one of my best event life, which I do not forget it. Hearing the sound of wind turbine from a short distance and even touch that with accompany of my supervisor and ESR9 and ESR12 was great.
I had a short presentation in our university which you can see the whole idea of my project on it.

I have three secondments, which I expect they wo…