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Miguel Costas Appointed as Associate professor at SIMLab. Thus, the group strengthens its activities within the design and modelling of aluminium structures.

Man standing in lab with aluminium profiles in the background
Miguel Costas joined the Department of Structural Engineering and SFI CASA in January 2017. He started in his new position as an Associate professor on 1 July. (Photo: Sølvi W. Normannsen)

An external grant from Hydro finances Miguel Costas´s position for the first five years. After that, NTNU takes over all obligations. Also, the university will fund the salary of one PhD candidate for three years, linked to the position.

«The new position will strengthen our teaching and research activities within the design and modelling of aluminium structures. Besides, with this generous decision, Hydro confirms that our long-lasting and close collaboration will continue», CASA´s director Magnus Langseth declared when releasing the news on the position in 2020. 

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Miguel Costas graduated with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of A Coruña, specialising in Structural Engineering in 2011. For the next five years, he worked at the Group of Structural Mechanics at the same university. Here, Costas earned his PhD in January 2016. The title of his thesis is Crashworthiness analysis and design optimisation of hybrid impact energy absorbers. The work awarded him the Cum Laude, international distinctions, and the extraordinary doctorate award.

Miguel Costas´ research topics include computational and experimental solid mechanics, structural optimisation, metal plasticity, crashworthiness, and ballistic penetration.

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Man standing in front of a huge mechanical structure

«Not only does this position strengthen our collaboration with Hydro. It will also contribute to extend our activities related to industrial implementation after the end of SFI-CASA in 2023. The position makes applying for projects and external funding much easier. Also, it will enable us to explore new research fields within applied research. I am happy to contribute to these challenging tasks», says Miguel Costas.

CASA´s new Associate professor is also a professional pianist who graduated in 2005 from the Conservatory of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He performs several times every year as a soloist or a collaborative artist. 

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