Dr Aleksandra Koj

Research Staff
Joining Date: 06/01/2004

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 5753

Aleksandra joined the Geoenvironmental Research Centre as a Senior Research Associate in 2004 to investigate the issues of environmental protection, urban development and geoenergy from a sociological perspective.

Dr Lee Hosking

Research Staff — MEng, PhD
Joining Date: 01/07/2010

T: +44 (0) 2920 870497

Lee’s research interests lie in the computational modelling of coupled thermal, hydraulic, chemical and mechanical (THCM) behaviour in the geoenvironment. He is particularly experienced in the study of reactive transport processes in fractured rock in response to high pressure gas injection and displacement. It was in this area that he developed a theoretical and computational modelling platform as part of his doctoral research at the GRC.

Dr Jamie Lewis

Research Staff — BEng, PhD
Joining Date: 01/09/2010

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 0497

Jamie graduated from the University of Glamorgan with a 1st class (Hon’s) in Electronic and Communications engineering. During this time he specialised in embedded systems development and after graduation, spent a number of months as an embedded systems consultant developing hardware and software for an RFID reader before being offered an EPSRC funded Ph.D.

Dr Manju

Research Staff — PhD, MTech
Joining Date: 01/11/2010

T: +44 (0) 2920870497

I joined Geoenvironmental Research Center (GRC) in Nov. 2010 and am currently involved in Seren project. SEREN is £10 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded project. I lead the Ground Source Heat pump package and my current primary responsibilities are to ensure effective alignment and address expertise gaps for on-going and new research work and providing strategic leadership and guidance in developing, implementing a coherent research for sustainable intensification in the Ground source heat pump technology for Small and Medium scale enterprises.

Dr Muhammad Irfan

Research Staff — PhD
Joining Date: 01/07/2011

T: +44 (0) 2920 876264

Dr Irfan is working in the Geoinformatics work package of the SEREN project. His core areas of research are Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS), Web GIS, GeoApps, Geodatabase and spatial analysis. He has recently developed an integrated, multicriteria, spatial decision support system, incorporating environmental, social and public health perspectives, for use in geoenergy and geoenvironmental applications. This system utilises a number of artificial intelligence and multicriteria spatial decision analysis techniques to enhance the effectiveness of the spatial decision making process.

Mr Huw Pullin

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/01/2012

Dr Philip Vardon

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/01/2012

Philip graduated in 2005 with a First Class (Hons) MEng degree in Civil Engineering from Cardiff University. During this degree Phil studied all aspects of Civil Engineering, specialising in Environmental Soil Mechanics and Numerical Methods. He was awarded the Lloyds Shipping Register Prize for Structural Engineering during his degree study. His interest in computer programming started during his final year project, which involved producing a piece of software to act as a database, comparison tool and a non-linear regression tool to convert and compare raw data with empirical formulae.

Dr Matthew Turner

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/01/2012

Dr Matthew Turner is a geologist who has experience in a wide range of geological and geoenvironmental disciplines. He has worked in both industry and academia and has experience in project management, business development, modelling, data analysis and interpretation.

Dr Gummeneni Sagareswar

Research Staff
Joining Date: 02/01/2012

Dr. Gummeneni Sagareswar worked as Research Associate in Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), Cardiff School of Engineering. He completed his Masters in Engineering Chemistry from Andhra University, India in 2000. He received his Master of Philosophy degree in Environmental Management from Centre for Environment, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India in 2002 and PhD in Environmental Science & Technology from Centre for Environment, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 2008. His PhD was funded by Andhra Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, mainly focused on the development of Online Air Pollution Monitoring Station using Chemical Sensors & Met Sensors by Internet Protocol. After submitting his PhD he was promoted as a Research Associate and transferred to Research & Development Cell, J.N.T.University, India, Where he worked on different Environmental related Consultancy Projects and Cloud Seeding Technology Project which is funded by Government of India.

Dr Daniela Tsaneva

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/01/2013

Dr Daniela Tsaneva studied at the University of Ruse, Bulgaria with speciality Computer Science, and graduated in 1992 with MSc in Computer Science, Dipl. Engineer in Electronics, Electro-techniques and Automatics, excellent marks, and medal. Later on between 1996 and 2001 she worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in the Departments of Informatics and Information Systems at the University of Ruse, Bulgaria. The main subjects she was teaching were Computer Foundations, Programming Algorithms, Programming in Pascal, Internet and Internet services, DOS and Windows, MS Word, MS Excell, MS Power Point, AutoCAD etc. Additionally, she was teaching Computer Science courses for adults, who wanted to improve their qualifications by getting an IT certificate.

Dr Sivachidambaram Sadasivam

Research Staff — PhD, MEng, BEng
Joining Date: 22/04/2013

Research Interests: Environmental Chemistry and Environmental mineralogy

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Dr Renato Zagorscak

Research Staff — BSc, MSc, PhD
Joining Date: 28/06/2013

T: +44 (0) 2920 876264

Renato is a Research Associate and Work Package Leader in the “Unconventional Gas” of the FLEXIS project aiming to make significant advances beyond state-of-the-art and evaluate the potential of deep lying coal seams for the development of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) and Coal Bed Methane (CBM). He holds a PhD in Geoenvironmental Engineering, MSc in Mining Engineering and BSc in Geoengineering with over 6 years of experience in various working environment.

Dr Ali Tahir

Research Staff — PhD, MSc, BSc
Joining Date: 28/06/2013

T: +44 (0) 2920876264

Ali did his PhD in Geoinformatics from the School of Computer Science and Informatics at University College Dublin, Ireland. His research activities include implicit feedback analysis, Geo-visualisation, and Web GIS.

Miss Sanjana Bushra

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/08/2013

Dr Richard Sandford

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/08/2013

Richard joined the GRC in July 2013 to work under Work Package 6 of the SEREN project (Advanced Computational Modelling). His current research centres on the development of computational tools to predict fracture propagation and flows in rocks.

Mr Haijiang Xie

Visiting Staff
Joining Date: 23/12/2013

Mr Francois Gaultier

Visiting Staff
Joining Date: 07/03/2014

Multidisciplinary MSc graduate student in Earth Sciences from Polytech Paris UPMC, the graduate school of engineering of UPMC (Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris VI)), my studies focused on geophysics, geology and geotechnics.

Mr Antoine Liebert

Visiting Staff
Joining Date: 07/03/2014

T: +33 6 98 61 01 44

Antoine Liebert has a Master Eng. in Earth Science (Graduated in 2013) from Polytech Paris-UPMC, the engineering school of the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France). He has chosen the major “Resources” for his last Master’s year.

Dr Shakil Masum

Research Staff — BEng, PhD
Joining Date: 29/08/2014

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 6833

Shakil graduated from Cardiff University in 2008 with a First Class (Hons) in BEng Civil Engineering. During his degree studies he successfully covered all the basic aspects of Civil Engineering. He has achieved Page Prize for the best average marks, Lloyds Register of Shipping Prize for the performance in Structural Engineering, Alan and Cyril Body Educational Trust Prize for the best overall performance. He has been awarded the Institute of Civil Engineering ICE Wales Student Prize 2008 for the outstanding performance in undergraduate degree course.

Dr Aled Davies

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/09/2014

T: +44 (0) 2920875005

Dr Jack Barnard

Research Staff — PhD
Joining Date: 01/09/2014

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 0497

Jack Barnard is Research Assistant working on the computational modelling of carbon capture and storage and gas transport in partially saturated soils as part of the Seren project.

Mr Dariusz Nowak

Visiting Staff — Dipl-Ing, MSc
Joining Date: 30/01/2015

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 0497

Mr Nowak is visiting the GRC from the Central Mining Institute, Poland.

Dr Majid Sedighi

Research Staff — BSc, MSc, PhD
Joining Date: 13/02/2015

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 4279

Majid is a Research Fellow at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC). He is a Civil Engineer with an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering. He joined the GRC in 2007 to read for a PhD on coupled THCM processes in unsaturated soils with emphasis on hydro-geochemical behaviour of clays, after receiving the UK Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS).

Mr James Whittaker

Research Staff — MSc
Joining Date: 01/06/2015

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 6833

Dr Danothy Bennett

Research Staff — PhD, MEng, LCGI
Joining Date: 30/06/2015

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 4645

Dan graduated from Cardiff University in July of 2009 with a MEng in Civil Engineering. The optional aspects of his degree course included environmental and sustainability modules, computational modules, and modules dealing with the constitutive engineering relationships. Additionally, Dan spent a year as a Student Engineer at (Supporta) Bay Associates in Cardiff, a consultant civil and structural engineering firm, for his sandwich placement (Sep-2006 to Aug-2007), earning a LCGI in Civil Engineering in the process.

Dr Vasilis Sarhosis

Research Staff — BEng, MSc, PhD, CEng
Joining Date: 01/12/2016

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 0527

My principal research interests lie in the field of multi-scale and multi-phase computational modelling of structural materials and structures. I am keen to deliver new and innovative engineering technologies that will address the low carbon agenda.

Dr Manhui Wang

Research Staff — BSc, MEng, PhD
Joining Date: 01/05/2017

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 6854

Dr Ni An

Current Research Staff
Joining Date: 04/09/2017

Mr Alejandro Lopez

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/12/2018

Alejandro Lopez is a Research Assistant at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre’s (GRC). He currently collaborates with the research group based in University of Malaga (Spain) “OPERATIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY” ( as an external member.

Mr Hishiv Shah

Research Staff
Joining Date: 01/04/2019

T: +44 (0) 29 2087 6833

Hishiv is a Research Assistant specialising in Geoinformatics. He is currently working on identifying potential sites for water source heat pump technology, which has the potential to provide low carbon and renewable energy to buildings and settlements located near rivers.