The Young Engineering Geologists group representing the interests of IAEG young members.
YEG’s Terms of Reference are stated clearly and specifically below
The YEGs are lead by a dedicated international committee of 9 young engineering geologists who meet regularly.

Stratis Karantanellis
Stratis KarantanellisCommittee Chair
Stratis is a PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specialising in landslide management with computer vision and machine learning techniques. Stratis obtained his BSc in Engineering Geology from Aristotle University and his MSc degree from the University of Twente, with specialisation in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management in 2015. His main research interests are Engineering Geology, landslides and rockfalls, photogrammetric and LiDAR applications, and rock and soil mechanics.
Louise Vick
Louise VickOutgoing Chair
Louise is a research fellow at UiT The Arctic University of Norway specialising in rockfall and rockslides. Originally from New Zealand, she obtained her degrees from the University of Canterbury and worked for several years as an engineering geologist in Auckland. Louise is passionate about increasing the involvement of young professionals in the IAEG organisation. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, rock climbing and hiking.
Pedro Martins
Pedro MartinsVice Chair
Pedro is an Engineering Geologist with Beca Ltd in New Zealand. Originally from Brazil, he obtained a BSc in Geology from the University of Sao Paulo and an MSc degree in Engineering Geology from Imperial College London. His main areas of experience are site investigation, ground modelling and rock mechanics.
In his current position at Beca he is mostly involved with geohazard risk management for the transport sector. Before moving to New Zealand, Pedro worked at the Institute for Technological Research of Sao Paulo State, mainly on large infrastructure and mining projects.
He is passionate about outdoor sports and loves exploring the amazing New Zealand landscape (and its wonderful geology of course!) with his young family.
Julia Löffler
Julia LöfflerSecretary
Julia Löffler is a geologist at Stantec Argentina, specialising in dam projects. She works in the geotechnical team, developing geologic models. This involves managing the interaction between the design office and field work, supervising in situ tests, core logging and mapping. For the last eight years she has taken part in dam construction projects in Panama, Chile, Peru and Argentina. She also contributes to teaching at La Plata National University in courses such as Structural Geology, Igneous Petrology and Geology Applied to Engineering.
Alejandro Celli
Alejandro CelliCommittee Member
Alejandro works as the Head of Geology and Geotechnics Area of the Argentinian National Agency for Dam Safety (ORSEP), and he is also an active member of the National Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction. Alejandro is a Researcher and a Professor of Applied Geology at the National Technological University (UTN) and he is currently a PhD student, developing his research on landslides associated with dams.
Aluko Abimbola
Aluko AbimbolaCommittee Member
Aluko Abimbola graduated in 2008 from the Applied Geology department of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria. She completed her Master’s degree in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at the same University in 2012. She also has a National Diploma (OND) in Civil Engineering.
She is currently a PhD research student of the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan with Engineering Geology as her area of specialization.
Andrey Kazeev
Andrey KazeevCommittee Member
Andrey is the leading researcher at the Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia). He completed his MSc at Moscow State University, and has gone on to author more than 70 scientific works and 3 Patents of Inventions. Andrey is also the Vice-chair of the Russian IAEG National Group. His scientific interests include landslides and landslide hazard assessment. He has conducted landslide investigations across Russia (e.g. Moscow, Sochi, Ulyanovsk, N.Novgorod, Saransk, Cheboksary, Irkutsk) and abroad. Andrey is always ready for collaboration and would be very happy to exchange experiences.
Sarah Bastin
Sarah BastinCommittee Member
Sarah is an Engineering Geologist at Beca Ltd in Christchurch, New Zealand. She obtained a BSc and PhD in Geology from the University of Canterbury then worked as a post-doctoral research fellow with QuakeCoRE; New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience. Her main area of research has focused on geomorphic impacts on the distributions of liquefaction following recent earthquakes, and evidence for paleo-liquefaction. She was awarded runner-up in the 2018 Richard Wolters Prize in San Francisco for her work.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys riding her horse and working on her lifestyle property.
Changdong Li
Changdong LiCommittee Member
Changdong is a professor in the department of engineering geology and geotechnical engineering at China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). His research interests involve the stability evaluation of slopes, evolution mechanism of landslides and control measures for geological hazards. He is in charge of three National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) projects. He has taken part in over twenty industrial projects related to the evaluation and control of slopes in the fields of hydropower station, resettlement and highway. He is an active researcher in the international academic exchange.


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