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Professor Crina Oltean-Dumbrava

Professor Crina Oltean-Dumbrava

BIOGRAPHY +

Crina's area of expertise lies in sustainable built environments and her specialist interest is in multi-criteria decision support systems used to develop multi-criteria analysis frameworks, methods and tools, within sustainability assessment and other multi-disciplinary/criteria holistic approaches. She has completed a Work Package that developed a framework for assessing the sustainability of noise reducing barriers and devices as part of the QUIESST EU FP7 project, and as a result of this work has been appointed as the BSI (UK) expert on the ISO and the European Committee for Standardisation CEN/TC 226/WG6 Road Traffic Noise Reducing Devices Committee. She was also appointed as a convenor for the CEN/TC 226/WG6 TG4 that will look at the implementation of sustainability and sustainability assessment in Road and Rail Traffic Noise Reducing Devices standards. In 2014 she was appointed as a Liaison Officer between CEN/TC 226 Road Equipments and CEN/TC 350 Sustainability of Construction Works.

Crina has authored/co-authored 13 books, and published over 110 papers. She is or has been Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator or Collaborator of 42 research and teaching grants worth over 11m (GBP). Crina has been leading multi-national research projects and contributing to course development in several countries.
Crina is fluent in English, German and Romanian, which is her native language, and is happy conversing in French.

Educational Record:
MSc 1976, Civil. Industrial and Agricultural Construction Engineering. Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
MA 1983, Economics of Industry, Construction and Transport. University of Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
PhD 1999, Residential, Commercial and Public Buildings. Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Full-time employment history:
2015-to date Professor, Chair in Sustainable Built Environment, School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics.

2003-2015 Senior Lecturer, University of Bradford, School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics.

1995-2003 Lecturer, University of Abertay Dundee, School of Contemporary Sciences, Division of Built and Natural Environment

1990-1995 Senior Lecturer, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Construction Management and Technology

1980-1990 Lecturer, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
1979-1980 Part-time Teaching Assistant, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

1977-1980 Project Manager, Trustul de Constructii Chimice Cluj-Napoca, Cluj Regional Office, Romania
1976-1977 Site Manager, Trustul de Constructii Chimice Cluj-Napoca, Fagaras Regional Office, Romania

Membership of professional institutions
Crina is a chartered civil engineer, chartered surveyor, chartered builder and chartered construction manager. She is a member of European Council of Construction Economists (CEEC) since 1994, the UK Joint Board of Moderators' Accreditation Visiting Panel, a member of the Construction Industry Council's Construction and Built Environment Higher Education Forum Implementation Group (Education for the Built Environment ((E4BE)), and a member of 'ConstructionSkills' Skills Provision Steering Committee and Past Chair, of the Association of Civil Engineering Departments (ACED). She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and also a Member and Ambassador of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

External (Academic and Research)
External Expert Evaluator for the European Commission's 5th, 6th, 7th and Horizon 2020 Framework Programmes.
Evaluator for the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research.
Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
External Evaluator for the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, representing Romania in the European Council of Construction Economists.

External (Professional)
Member of the Built Environment Skills Alliance Higher Education Strategy Delivery Group (2009 -2012).

Member of ConstructionSkills' Skills Provision Steering Committee (2009 to date).

Committee member of the ICE Yorkshire and Humberside Branch (2008-2013).

External (Other)
Member, International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (2000 to date).

Member, International Association for Housing Science (IAHS), USA (1996 to date).

Member, Multi-Criteria Aid for Decisions, European Working Group, France (1994 to date).

Member of Standard Setting Bodies

British Standards Institute Committee Member B/509/06 Fences for the attenuation of noise - responsible for the implementation of sustainability in the respective standards in the UK.

Reviewing

Journal of Construction Management and Economics (UK)

Journal of Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems (UK)

Journal of Environmental Management (USA)

International Journal for Computer-Aided Engineering and Software (UK)

International Journal of Cleaner Production

International Journal of Sustainable Engineering

"Achieving Whole Life Value in Infrastructure and Buildings", a BRE publication 2005,

"Foresight Future Flooding Report" on behalf of the Office of Science and Technology, published in April 2004 by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Examining
External examiner for PhD Assessment - University of Trento, Italy, 2008

GRANTS +

Current, and significant recent, funded projects

Acting as a Principal Investigator in an FP7 EU (€2,556,584) funded research grant. This three year project entitled: QUIetening the Environment for a Sustainable Surface Transport (QUIESST), had 13 partners from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and the UK (University of Bradford). Crina was responsible for the work package that examined the sustainability of noise reducing barriers and devices (NRD) and the development of the first framework to be used in assessing the overall sustainability of NRDs. In June 2012 she was successful as a co-grant holder in the FP7 Science in Society call (€3,143,331) entitled: “Transforming organizational culture for gender equality in research and innovation-GENOVATE”, and in 2010 she acted as the Principal Academic in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Incommunities (the largest social landlord in Bradford).

Other recent grants include: Principal Investigator for a Royal Academy of Engineers HESTEM Grant in 2011, (£8,945),'Moving closer' – maximising benefits through undergraduate civil engineering placements and Principal Investigator for aCentre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) Grant 2011, (£6,000) on Future Skills Curriculum Development Framework'.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION +

University of Bradford
Member of the Senate of the University of Bradford (2009 to date). Involved in the analysis of the performance of senior management in relation to achieving improvements in specific aspects of that performance.

Chair of the Standing Committee of Assembly (2010 to date), responsible for ensuring that issues of general interest to the whole community of the University are identified, addressed and discussed with the senior management of the University, particularly in the University Assemblies.

Member of Bradford Property Forum Steering Group on behalf of the University with responsibilities for promoting sustainable built environment developments (2007 to date).

Member of the Bradford District Council Steering Group for Sustainability Assessment and Climate Change on behalf of the University (2007 - 2008).

Member of Incommunities Steering Group on Affordable Sustainable Housing on behalf of the University (2007 - 2009).

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES +

Member of The European Council of Construction Economists (CEEC), France, representing Romania, 1994 to date.
Member, International Association for Housing Science (IAHS), USA, 1996 to date.
Member, Multi-Criteria Aid for Decisions, European Working Group, France, 1994 to date.
Member, International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, 2000 to date.
Member of Decision-Making in Urban & Civil Engineering International Society, UK, 2002 to date.
Member, "Women in Science and Technology", group in Europe.
Member, Association for Women in Science and Engineering, UK.

Referee for Journals
Journal of Construction Management and Economics (UK).
Journal of Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems (UK).
Journal of Environmental Management (USA).
International Journal for Computer-Aided Engineering and Software (UK).

RECENT PUBLICATIONS +

Published Books as a Contributing Author:
"Guidebook to Noise Reducing Devices Optimisation" (2012), www.quiesst.eu
The CEng eBook "How becoming registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) could advance your career" (2012), Engineering Council, www.engc.org.uk/professional-registration/chartered-engineer/ebook

"Enhancing Engineering Higher Education: Outputs of the National HE STEM Programme" (2012), The Royal Academy of Engineering, ISBN 1-903496-89-6
"Sustainable Water Services - A procedural guide" (2004) IWA Publishing, ISBN 1-843390-65-5

Journal papers
Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2013), "New tool to assess sustainability of transport noise reduction devices", Science for Environment Policy Journal, European Commissions DG Environment News Alert, Issue 336 July 2013, page 1.

Brero G., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Perazzi M. (2013) "Infrastrutture di transporto sostenibili: le barrier antirumore",Professional Journal Strade & Autostrade 4 (2013), Ambiente & Territorio, pages 166-168

Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2012) "The 'Top-Down-Bottom-Up' Methodology as a Common Approach to Defining Bespoke Sets of Sustainability Assessment Criteria for the Built Environment", Journal of Management in Engineering, in press.

Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2012)"Transport Infrastructure: making more sustainable decisions for noise reduction", International Journal of Cleaner Production, 42 (2013) pages 58-68, published on line DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.10.008.

Brero G., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Perazzi M. (2012) "Infrastrutture di transporto sostenibili: il caso delle barriere antirumore",Construzioni Metalliche (Professional Journal), Vol. 6, Nov Dic 2012, pages 62 - 65.

Cobirzan N., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Brumaru M. (2011) "Thermal Rehabilitation of Romanian Housing: a low cost assessment tool", International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 5 Issue 3 September 2012 Pages 235 - 243, ISSN 1939-7046.

Roebuck R., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Tait S. (2011) "Can Simplified Design Methods for Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Systems Produce Realistic Water Saving and Financial Predictions?" Water and Environment Journal, 26 (2012) pages 352 - 360, published on line DOI: 10.1111/j.1747 - 6593.2011.00295x.

Draper F. J., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Newbury B., Tizaoui C. (2009) "Factors Influencing Attendance and Success on the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment Associate Membership Certificate Course", Journal of Further and Higher Education, 35, No. 1, February 2011 pages 1-23, ISSN 0309-877X.

Roebuck R., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Tait S. (2009) "Whole Life Cost Performance of Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Systems in the UK" CIWEM Water and Environment Journal, 2011, 25, pages 1747- 6585, ISSN 1747-6585.

Ashley R., Blackwood D., Butler D., Jowitt P., Davies J., Smith H., Gilmour D., Oltean-Dumbrava C., (2008) "Making Asset Investment Decisions for Wastewater Systems that include Sustainability", ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 134(3), pages. 2000-2009, ISSN 0733 - 9372. Winner of the International Water Association's biennial prize for Research Excellence in Support of Sustainable Urban Water Management

Oltean-Dumbrava C., (2006), "Using ELECTRE III to Improve Housing Design Performance", Journal for Housing Science and its Applications, 30, Issue 1.

Invited Conference Published Papers
Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2013), "The sustainability assessment of noise barriers for EU project QUIESST: A case study", INTERNOISE Congress 2013, 15-18 September, Innsbruck, Austria, Invited Paper

Clairbois J-P., De Roo F., Garai M., Conter M., Defrance J., Oltean-Dumbrava C., FuscoI. (2012) "QUIESST: third-term progress report", INTERNOISE Congress 2012, 19-22 August, New York USA, Invited Paper.

Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2012), "Generic database of sustainability criteria values per main noise reducing device type for EU Project Quiesst", INTERNOISE 2012 Congress, 19-22 August, New York USA, Invited Paper.

Clairbois J-P., De Roo F., Garai M., Conter M., Defrance J., Oltean-Dumbrava C., FuscoI. (2012) "QUIESST: third-term progress report", EuroNoise Conference 10-13 June, Prague, Czech Republic, Invited Paper.

Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2012) "Defining sustainability key performance indicators for measuring, monitoring and reporting the sustainability performances of noise reducing devices for EU project QUIESST", EuroNoise Conference 10-13 June, Prague, Czech Republic, Invited Paper

Clairbois J-P., De Roo F., Garai M., Conter M., Defrance J., Oltean-Dumbrava C., FuscoI. (2011) "QUIESST: mid-term report", INTERNOISE 2011, 4-7 September 2011, Osaka, Japan, Invited Paper.

Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2011) " Primary sustainability criteria for assessing the sustainability of noise reducing devices for EU Project QUIESST", INTERNOISE 2011, 4-7 September 2011, Osaka, Japan, Invited Paper.

Oltean-Dumbrava C., Watts G., Miah A. (2010) "Review of the sustainability of noise reducing devices for EU project QUIESST", International Symposium on Sustainability in Acoustics, ISSA 2010, Auckland, New Zealand, 29-31 August, Invited Paper.

Clairbois J-P., De Roo F., Garai M., Conter M., Defrance J., Oltean-Dumbrava C., FuscoI. (2010) "QUIESST: toward a better knowledge and understanding of how efficient noise barriers could actually be", INTERNOISE 2010, Noise and Sustainability, 15-16 June 2010, Lisbon Portugal, Invited Paper

Fusco I., Clairbois J-P., De Roo F., Garai M., Conter M., Defrance J.,Oltean-DumbravaC., (2010) "Quietening European roads" IRF World Meeting 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, 25-28 May 2010, Invited Paper

Clairbois J-P., De Roo F., Garai M., Conter M., Defrance J., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Fusco I., (2010) "QUIESST: toward a better knowledge and understanding of how efficient noise barriers could actually be", Noise in the built environment Conference, University of Ghent, Belgium 29-30 April 2010. Invited Paper

Clairbois J-P., De Roo F., Garai M., Conter M., Defrance J., Oltean-Dumbrava C., Fusco I., (2010) "QUIESST: toward a better knowledge and understanding of how efficient noise barriers could actually be", 1st Mediterranean Congress on Acoustics, Rabat-Salé, Morocco 28-30 October 2010. Invited Paper

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