Prof Michael Beer

Professor of Uncertainty in Engineering Civil Engineering and Industrial Design

Biography

Personal Statement

Dr. Beer joined the School of Engineering as a Professor in the Centre for Engineering Sustainability in July 2011 and served as the founding Director of the Liverpool Institute for Risk & Uncertainty (LIRU) from 2012 to 2015. From 2014 to 2015 he was the Academic Director of the EPSRC and ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments. Since 2015 Dr. Beer holds a part time position with strong involvement in LIRU and its CDT, complementing his main role as the Head of the Institute for Risk and Reliability in the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. He is also a Guest Professor in the International Joint Research Center for Engineering Reliability and Stochastic Mechanics, Tongji University, China. Dr. Beer graduated with a Masters degree (Dipl.-Ing., 1995) and with a Doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing., 2001) in Civil Engineering from the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Germany, and received awards for excellence in both qualifications. He pursued research in several projects as a Research and Teaching Associate and as Principal Investigator at the Institute for Statics and Dynamics, TU Dresden until 2007. As a Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Dr. Beer went to Rice University as a Visiting Scholar for research collaboration with Professor Pol D. Spanos in 2003/2004. From 2007 to 2011 he was affiliated as an Assistant Professor to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore and contributed, in particular, to the research in the Centre for Hazards Research and in the Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering. Dr. Beer has continuously led various research projects with focus on both theoretical developments and applications. He is partner and leader for large-scale research programs with a multi-million grant volume. His research is focused on both stochastic and non-traditional uncertainty models in engineering with emphasis on reliability analysis, risk analysis and robust design. In the Centre for Engineering Sustainability this is utilised to address engineering challenges arising from environmental changes with a multi-disciplinary view.

Personal Distinctions

  • ASCE Certificate of Appreciation (ASCE CDRM 2014)
  • Computational Intelligence in Structural Analysis and Design (Keynote Speech, IEEE 2013)
  • Uncertainty quantification: selected approaches (Keynote Speech, APCOM 2013)
  • Generalized models for uncertainty and imprecision in engineering (Keynote Speech, Opening Keynote Lecture - Professor Miroslav Vorechovsky 2012)
  • Imprecise Probabilities in Engineering Systems and Structures (Keynote Speech, Plenary Lecture - ASME 2011)
  • Fuzzy Data and Imprecise Probabilities in Engineering (Invitation to Speak, Invited Lecture - ISI 2011)
  • Non-traditional Prospects in the Simultaneous Treatment of Uncertainty and Imprecision (Invitation to Speak, Invited Special Lecture - Professor B.H.V. Topping 2009)
  • CADLM PRIZE 2007 - Intelligent Optimal Design (CADLM France 2007)
  • Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation 2003)
  • Kurt Beyer Award 2001 (Dresden U of Technology & HOCHTIEF Construction AG, Germany 2002)
  • Wilhelm Gotthelf Lohrmann Medal 1995 (Dresden University of Technology, Germany 1995)

Administrative Roles

  • Director, Institute for Risk & Uncertainty
  • Academic Director, EPSRC and ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments

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