Welcome Assoc. Prof. Belén González-Fonteboa ​from University of A Coruña, Spain to be Committee Member!

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Assoc. Prof. Belén González-Fonteboa, University of A Coruña, Spain

Research Area:

Construction materials, civil engineering, sustainability in constructioent and additions

Research experience:

EDUCATION: Belén González-Fonteboa is a Civil Engineer from the University of A Coruña (1996). She defended his PhD at the University of A Coruña in 2002.

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC EMPLOYEMENT: Associate Professor from 2010 at the University of A Coruña. Also at the University of A Coruña, she was Assistant Professor from 2002 to 2010. Her teaching work is developed in Master courses and in Degree courses. The main subjects of teaching are Construction Materials, Materials Technology and Advanced Materials.

She was a researcher from 1999 to 2002 developing during this period her PhD dissertation entitled “Recycled concrete with recycled aggregates from concrete waste: mechanical properties and shear structural behaviour”.

Eight years of professional activity from 1997 to 2005 in a private company developing civil engineering projects.

During her academic career, she supervised more than 15 works: research works, final degree or final master works and initiation to the investigation works. She also supervised 3 PhD dissertations, one was awarded by the “Real Academia de Ingeniería de España” and the other by “Real Academia de Ingeniería de Galicia”

RESEARCH: her research interests are related to concrete technology, construction materials, sustainable construction, use of waste as building materials, special concretes (recycled, self-compacting, lightweight, fibre reinforced…), bond in concrete, genetic programming, neural networks, rheology and durability.

Her main research lines are related to the analysis of the possible recovering of different by-products in the construction field: mussel shells, ashes from different industrial activities, construction and demolition wastes… The studies aim to develop new eco-concretes and mortars using, in addition, innovative control systems and instrumentation, highlighting the use of rheology as a new tool to control fresh state behaviour. All these lines aim to enhance the sustainability and the bioconstruction as a way to develop the future construction field.

These research lines have been developed throughout different competitive research projects (more than 25) and different contracts with private companies (more than 20). Her positions in these projects was as investigator, and in many of them as principal investigator.

PUBLICATIONS: form the research works, many journal papers have been published (more than 30 in journals from the JCR), 5 in other journals and more than 50 papers in different international and national conferences. Finally, 6 books and 4 books chapters were developed.

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE: Academic Secretary (6 years) and Co-director (2 years) at the Civil Engineering School of the University of A Coruña.