Three ENAC researchers awarded Swiss National Foundation grants

Savvas Saloustros, Hélène Angot and Aurélie Terrier.© ENAC/COM

Savvas Saloustros, Hélène Angot and Aurélie Terrier.© ENAC/COM

Aurélie Terrier from the Institute of Architecture, Savvas Saloustros from the Institute of Civil Engineering and Hélène Angot from the Institute of Environmental Engineering have each won a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Three researchers from EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) have been awarded SNSF grants. The first is Aurélie Terrier, a visiting postdoc at the Arts of Sciences Laboratory (LAPIS). She was selected under the Ambizione program, whose funding is meant to help young researchers design and lead an independent project for up to four years. Terrier will use the proceeds to study the architecture of the Temple of Kom Ombo (dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris) in Upper Egypt, with the goal of creating a digital replica in an augmented-reality mobile app. The app is an example of using science to preserve our heritage, and it will be designed for tourists and experts alike.

Another Ambizione grant went to Savvas Saloustros, a postdoc at the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory (EESD). He will use the funds to further his research on structures made out of rammed earth – a sturdy, sustainable material that supports the circular economy.

Hélène Angot, a scientist at the Extreme Environments Research Laboratory (EERL), received a PRIMA grant. This form of support is intended for outstanding women researchers who show potential to become professors later in their careers. These grants are awarded for up to five years. Angot will use the funds for her research on hazardous chemical compounds that affect the climate, with the aim of quantifying how much of these compounds are being released by climate change in the Arctic.