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Mrs Maria Pontiki, S.M.ASCE

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Mrs Maria Pontiki, S.M.ASCE


I’m Maro Pontiki, an enthusiastic and creative Civil Engineer from Greece. My civil engineering education was received at Aristotle University and it was accompanied by fascinating research into coastal erosion of three scenic beaches near my birthplace, Thessaloniki. After countless hours of field measurements and numerical modeling, Coastal Engineering captured my heart! By the end of 2015, I have obtained a master’s degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, as well as, a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation and I started working for a consulting company in beautiful Cyprus. There, I participated in the construction of Aquafragma; a patent flood barrier, and I prepared several other significant projects.

In 2016, I had the honor to receive a scholarship of excellence from the A.G. Leventis Foundation and I decided to continue my studies in coastal engineering; a field that was monopolizing my interest. The graduate program took place at both TU Delft and NTNU and in August 2018 I obtained master’s degrees from both universities. My thesis topic was based on the development of a Bayesian model for the prediction of damages on berm breakwaters in the Arctic and it was inspired by a course that I followed at the University of Svalbard. However, my involvement in an enthralling experiment on Sand Motor triggered my passion for experimental research and made me pursue doctoral studies at the University of Delaware. My research is now focused on the investigation of coastal erosion under extreme wave and surge conditions.