Scientific team

(From left to right – dr.sc.ing.L.Pakrastins, dr.sc.ing. A.Sprince, PhD students A.Kukule and R.Gailitis, B.sc.ing. student T.Kozlovskis)

The head of the project, senior researcher Dr.sc.ing. Leonids Pakrastinsh has been working in the field of cement composites for more than 20 years. He is an author for 45 publications in SCOPUS, H-Index 9 (235Citations by 177 documents), 2 patents and 8 books (methodological guidelines) about related topics. He was a participant in more than 25 international scientific conferences with reports, as well as a participant in the 5 international research projects. He is a Professor of Department of Structural Engineering/ director of the Structural Engineering and Reconstruction Institute at Riga Technical University. He is an expert/ head/ member of more than 20 different administrative structures and non-governmental organizations.

Senior researcher, postdoctoral, Assoc.Professor, Dr.sc.ing. Andina Sprince has been working in the field of cement composites for more than 10 years. She is an author of 30 publications (18 of them are indexed in SCOPUS with 77 citations in 64 documents), H-index 6. She has developed 1 patent application, 8 methodological teaching materials on concrete shrinkage, high-strength concretes, concrete creep, etc. She participated in more than 25 international scientific conferences with reports and participant in 5 research projects. She is an Associate Professor of Department of Structural Engineering in Faculty of Civil Engineering and Department of Architectural Design in Faculty of Architecture and a leading researcher (since 2012) at the Institute of Structural Engineering and Reconstruction in the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Riga Technical University. She has been a supervisor of 1 doctoral thesis, 4 master’s theses, 7 bachelor’s theses, and qualification papers, the topics related to the material’s long-term properties – creep, shrinkage, crack development research. Also, she has previous multidisciplinary experience (during the 2011.sept.-2012.febr. (6 months) in Denmark, in the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Civil Engineering. She has researched “Crack formation and development of cement composite structures,” ctrl. Prof. G.Fischers). She is an Expert of the Latvian Council of Science in the Civil and Transportation Engineering industry. She has completed (with excellence) a project management course with an international certificate (No. 421086) of AFW Academy of Bad Harzbug, Germany, which is recognized throughout Europe. Andina Sprince can be found on virtual scientific platforms such as Scopus (ID: 55359789500), Orcid (ID: 0000-0003-3993-0873), Publons/ Web of Science Researcher ID: AAR-8612-2020, ResearchGate, Elsevier, Mendeley, GoogleScolar, Linkedin, Academia.edu.Research topics of interest: innovative concrete and cement composites, sustainable concrete, green concrete, usage of recycled material, long-term properties, creep, shrinkage, digital image correlations (DIC), microscopy

Senior researcher, Dr.sc.ing. Genadijs Sahmenko has been working in the field of cement composites for about 15 years. He is an author of more than 100 publications, 42 of them are indexed in SCOPUS (with 222 citations in 201 documents), H-Index 7, 8 patents and pedagogical work at 2 courses (“Building Materials” and “Concrete Science”). He has participated in 20 research projects and has supervised/led 3 doctoral theses. G.Sahmenko is a member of Latvian Concrete Society (LCA), from 2017. chairman of the board of LCA, Member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 523 – Cellular Concrete, as well as editor-in-chief, RTU Scientific journal „Construction science”. Since 2008 is a senior researcher of the Department of Building Materials and Products, Faculty of Civil Engineering of RTU.

Doctoral student Rihards Gailitis is a researcher in the Institute of Structural Engineering and Reconstruction, RTU. Author of 8 publications (6 of them are indexed in SCOPUS). He has participated in 6 international scientific conferences with reports. He has been a supervisor of 2 master’s theses which are related to the long-term properties of cement composites and geopolymer composites. Also, it should be noted that he has previous experience in Cracow University of Technology Faculty of Materials Engineering and Physics working with geopolymer concrete and SEM, participated in Concrete Microscopy Course in TU Delft Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, and enhanced his knowledge of SEM specimen preparation, examination, and image analysis. He has researched “Early-age creep of foam concrete in compressed cylinders” and “Geopolymer concrete long-term properties in compression.”

Civil Engineering Professional Bachelor’s Degree student Tomass Kozlovskis is a research assistant in the Institute of Civil Engineering and Renovation, RTU. He has previously obtained a professional bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management in Denmark. Along with the educational path he has been working in the construction industry as a building designer. He is a co-author of 6 scientific articles (h-index: 1) that have been published as well as presented in various research conferences in Lithuania and Latvia.
Tomass Kozlovskis can be found on virtual scientific platforms such as Scopus (ID: 57211205950), Orcid (ID: 0000-0002-6983-3874), ResearchGate, Elsevier, Mendeley, Academia.edu, ResearchID (http://ResearchID.co/t.kozlovskis, http://ResearchID.co/rid12729), Publons (ID: AAA-2381-2021), linkedIn, Google Scholar.
Research topics of interest: innovative cement composites, digital image correlations (DIC), long-term properties of materials, creep, concrete

Civil Engineering Professional Bachelor’s Degree student Rezija Rumpe is a research assistant in the Institute of Civil Engineering and Renovation, RTU.  She works with theoretical and empirical models for determination of the long-term properties, as well as works in a construction field since 2018. Research topics of interest: long-term properties of materials, creep, innovative cement composites.

M.sc.ing. Liga Radina has been working in the field of material science for about 10 years. She is an author of more than 14 publications. She has participated in 8 projects. Since 2012 she is working as a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Building Materials and Building Products and later in Institute of Materials and Structures, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Riga Technical University. She has worked as a project coordinator of Interreg Latvia-Lithuania European Regional Development Fund project, as well as project coordinator assistant in Baltic Sea Region Project and as a researcher in EU, Latvian Science Council and RTU projects. She has participated in organization of IMST 2015 “Innovative Materials, Structures and Technologies”conference and has completed with excellence project management course with international certificate of AFW Academy of Bad Harzbug, Germany, which is recognized throughout Europe.