Maria Pregnolato

  • Lecturer - University of Bristol

Research interests

Maria Pregnolato is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol (UK). Her work focuses on infrastructure resilience, in particular the impact of flooding to road networks and bridges. She holds a Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) fellowship to investigate the impact of extreme flooding on bridges and transport.

Beginning her academic career at Newcastle University (UK), Maria developed an integrated flood-transport model to explore the impact of flooding on road networks and urban resilience. In recent years, she has been focusing on hydrodynamic modelling of flooding impact to bridges, including scour risk management and structural health monitoring. Lately, she is working on smart bridges and Digital Twins, exploring the role of sensing and digitalisation within the infrastructural assets. 

Maria believes that engineers have a crucial role in developing solutions to current global challenges. Her research interests include urban planning, climate adaptation and green infrastructure, in a long-term career vision to improve the resilience and the quality of urban infrastructure through applied research. She collaborates with a range on institutions worldwide (e.g. Highways England, Network Rail, Deloitte) and her work is a cross-disciplinary endeavour, with the ultimate aim to improve the liveability of our cities.

On the personal front, she likes running, cycling, hiking, playing basketball (and any kind of sport!); cooking and reading fill her spare time too. She loves travelling, and learning things she does not know.