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After a heavenly childhood on La Réunion, I left the island before being attacked by a shark and studied maths and physics in Paris for two years. Then I entered Centrale Nantes on the West Coast -of France- and continued my education at McGill University in Montreal, from which I graduated with a Master’s degree in Survival at sub-zero temperatures.
In 2017, I started a PhD at Ecole des Ponts on the topic “Optimal implementation of green gridshells for mitigating urban heat island effects” supervised by Ioulia Tchiguirinskaia, Pierre-Antoine Versini (HM&Co lab), Adélaïde Feraille and Jean-François Caron (Navier lab).
My main research interests concern thermal flow modelling at various scales, architectural geometry, the assessment of ecosystemic benefits of urban vegetation and the life-cycle analysis of vegetated structures.

Scientific communications:

Conference paper: Lignos, D.G., Cravero, J., Elkady A., (2016). “Experimental investigation of the hysteretic behaviour of wide-flange steel columns under high axial load and lateral drift demands”, Proc., 11th Pacific Structural Steel Conference, Shanghai, China, 29-30 October 2016.
Master’s thesis: Experimental evaluation of steel wide-flange columns in moment-resisting frames under high axial load and lateral drift demands (2017). Advisors: Dimitrios G. Lignos, Colin A. Rogers.
Oral presentation: Experimental Evaluation of Steel Wide-Flange Columns in Moment-Resisting Frames, 24th Annual CEGSS Conference, Montreal, Canada, 10 May 2017.


2017-present: PhD candidate, ENPC (Champs-sur-Marne, France). Labs: HM&Co (Hydrology, Meteorology & Complexity) and Navier (Architected Materials and Structures team).

2014-2017: M.Eng. in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University (Montreal, Canada). Concentration: seismic design of steel structures. M.Sc., Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France).

2013-2014: Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, structural engineer for the Atlantic Challenge Team (Nantes, France). 2nd prize over 20 competing teams and Energy Efficiency award. [Video of the project].

2011-2013: B.Sc., Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France). Concentration: civil engineering, hydraulics.

2009-2011: Classes préparatoires Maths/Physique, Lycée Louis-le-Grand (Paris, France).


Golf, badminton, tennis, volleyball, travelling, hiking, photography, cinema, eating cheese.