Dr Vasiliki Ioannidou

Dr Vasiliki (Vassia) Ioannidou graduated with a MEng in Surveying Engineering, specialising in Hydraulic Works, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2012. She then continued her studies by completing an MSc in Water Resources, at Heriot-Watt University, graduating in 2013. This was followed by a PhD degree, awarded by the University of Warwick in 2017. Her PhD was on aspects of solute mixing processes in constructed wetlands and ponds, and the effects of vegetation and design parameters of aqueous systems on their hydraulic performance and mixing characteristics. Vasiliki has experience in leading consultancies related to investigating pollution transport in waterways, conducting tracer tests in the UK, and in surveying aqueous systems, and during her PhD has established external research collaboration with the Coal Authority, RSPB (Cambridgeshire), and Cranfield University.

Vasiliki has online teaching experience from two UK institutions where she has taught Environmental Engineering modules including Water and Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources, and Environmental Risk and Responsibility. Since joining Birmingham City University, Vasiliki has expanded her teaching experience and spectrum, delivering modules of Advanced Materials in Civil Engineering Construction, Hydraulics and Drainage, and Environmental Science and Materials, covering student levels from HNC up to final-year. Vasiliki has also been supervising Master’s students’ annual project for the Research Methods module at BCU, as well as third-year student projects. Furthermore, Vasiliki has fundamental experimental field and laboratory experience obtained during her postgraduate studies, and runs the hydraulics laboratory sessions for various modules and student levels.

Vasiliki’s research interests are focused on identifying and quantifying the transport and mixing processes related to solutes and fine suspended sediments within civil engineering hydraulics and aqueous systems. This is achieved by undertaking laboratory and field studies into mixing processes and developing simplified modelling procedures for engineering applications. Recent external collaborations with some UK organisations has led to improved understanding of the effects of system design on the receiving water ecology.

Vasiliki’s research projects have been concerned with mixing processes in urban drainage systems and treatment units, looking at specific components, such as permeable pavement structures, wetlands, ponds, lagoons, and river systems, quantifying dispersion effects due to system design configurations (inflow, outlet, and internal). This can be a result of topographic variations, and seasonal vegetation variation as physical flow obstruction, and also quantifying river mixing processes. These topics are particularly important for modelling water quality processes. Vasiliki was awarded an IAS Early Career Fellowship during the final year of her PhD studies.

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