Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
Newark , Delaware
I am Maria (Maro) Pontiki, an enthusiastic and creative Ph.D. student at the Center for Applied Coastal Research, University of Delaware. My civil engineering education was received at Aristotle University, Greece and it was accompanied by fascinating research into coastal erosion of three scenic beaches near my birthplace, Thessaloniki. After countless hours of field measurements and numerical modeling, Coastal Engineering captured my heart! By the end of 2015, I have obtained a master’s degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, as well as, a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation and I started working for a consulting company in beautiful Cyprus. There, I participated in the construction of Aquafragma; a patent flood barrier and I prepared several other significant projects.
In 2016, I had the honor to receive a scholarship of excellence from A.G. Leventis Foundation and I decided to continue my studies in coastal engineering; a field which was monopolizing my interest. The graduate program took place at both TU Delft and NTNU and in August 2018 I obtained master’s degrees from both universities. During my master studies, I had the great opportunity to follow a course at the University of Svalbard, which inspired me to develop a Bayesian model for the prediction of damages on berm breakwaters in the Arctic and broaden my knowledge in wave-ice interactions. In September 2017, I took part in an enthralling experiment on Sand Motor which triggered my passion for experimental research and made me pursue doctoral studies in the United States. My research is now focused on the investigation of dune erosion under extreme waves and storm surges!
Outside of academics, I love intense sports and I try to improve my foreign language skills. Whenever free time exists in my schedule, I really enjoy traveling and volunteering.
Monday, September 16
2:10 PM – 2:30 PM