EngD success: Sophocles Sophocleous
STREAM IDC student, Sophocles Sophocleous has successfully defended his EngD thesis, entitled 'Development of the Next Generation of Water Distribution Network Modelling Tools Using Inverse Method'. The two examiners, Prof. Nemanja Trifunovic (external) from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands and Prof. Raziyeh Farmani (internal) assessed it worthy of the EngD degree subject to minor corrections.
Sophocles was a student of the STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre, funded by EPSRC and industrial partners; Severn Trent Water and WITSConsult Ltd. He was supervised by Prof. Dragan Savic and Prof. Zoran Kapelan.
Sophocles spent roughly 3 out of the 4 years of his EngD working alongside engineers from Severn Trent Water to develop a methodology to help them better calibrate their models and find a way to reduce the search for leaks in their networks.
Since submitting his thesis, Sophocles has been working as a Research Fellow with both Severn Trent Water and the University of Exeter to help create a set of new generation models. Based on his EngD work, Severn Trent Water have decided to invest £4M in new sensors to better understand the behaviour of their networks. As of 1st April 2019, Sophocles will become an employee of Severn Trent Water working with their modelling team to support operational decisions.
Well done Sophocles!
Date: 15 March 2019