A student of the Higher Technical School of Engineering of Roads, Channels and Ports (ETSI) of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real has carried out, as a result of the state of alarm by the Covid-19, the reading and defense of his doctoral thesis through videoconference, which he considered “a challenge”.
The investigator Angel of the Rose Velasco, belonging to the Solid Mechanics group of the ETSI de Caminos, presented his doctoral thesis from his home and through the computer, which has been directed by Professor Gonzalo Ruiz López and Professor Elisa Poveda Bautista and is focused on finding a clear application for the concrete technology industry.
The new doctor considered it a challenge to carry out the defense of the doctoral thesis through videoconference, in addition to a magnificent opportunity to demonstrate that, thanks to the development of technology, the distance between people does not exist and that, with predisposition and work, they can achieve unthinkable goals long ago.
As explained by the student in a press release released this Saturday by the school, his work explains how a design methodology for self-compacting concrete reinforced with steel fibers has been developed based on the performance desired by the manufacturer, which has already been put into practice by a Castilian-La Mancha precast company.
The evaluation panel of the thesis was made up of professors Gonzalo Barluenga, from the University of Alcalá; Miguel Ángel Vicente, from the University of Burgos, and Estefanía Cuenca, from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
With the defense of this doctoral thesis through videoconference, the teaching and research capacity of the ETSI Roads, Canals and Ports During these days of alarm, in which activity has not stopped thanks to the possibilities offered by new technologies, the School of Roads has highlighted.