Valeria is the Course Leader for both the MEng/BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and the MSc Civil and Structural Engineering programmes.
As a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies, Valeria teaches a variety of modules including “Sustainable Construction”, “Group Project-Conceptual Design Stage”, “Civil Engineering Construction Technology” and “Procurement and Contract Strategies”.
After obtaining her MEng in Civil Engineering from Cagliari University in Italy, Valeria completed an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University. This programme, which explored the wider implications of engineering, including the social, environmental and economic impacts of civil engineering projects, contributed to complement her technical expertise.
Before joining Teesside University as a Senior Lecturer, she worked as a Civil Engineer in a major multidisciplinary design consultancy, where she took a project manager role working mainly on water infrastructure projects. Assignments have ranged from the design of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) for a light industrial development in Keith (Aberdeenshire) to coordinating a team of specialists (civil and M&E engineers, hydrologists and environmental) on a major nationwide study providing strategic review of Scottish Water’s ‘Water Resource Zones’ identified by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) as potentially requiring intervention to satisfy the legal obligations of the Water Framework Directive in a challenging timescale and ahead of Europe.