About me

My name is Luis David Avendaño-Valencia.
Currently, I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), in Odense, and I’m part of the Vibration and Sound Research Group.

My research and teaching activities are mainly related to the topics of Experimental and Operational Vibration Analysis (EVA/OVA), and damage diagnosis and fatigue life assessment on mechanical and civil structures, all encompassed under the tag of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM).

"I stand for open science as the main tool to accelerate the advancement of science"

Research Approach

The current availability of vast amounts of data, enabled by the reduced cost of electronics and fast internet access, is our most important tool towards this endeavor.

Nonetheless, data is a double-edged sword, which, used without proper caution, may lead to wrong conclusions and unwanted results.

Thus, beyond any fancy data-analysis technique, I believe that proper knowledge and inclusion of physics in our analyses is the critical ability required to take the most of data.

Postdoctoral Experience

My postdoctoral experience started in 2016, when I was awarded the prestigious ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship for my project “A data-driven computational framework for damage identification and life-cycle management of wind turbine facilities” under the advisory of Prof. Eleni N. Chatzi, head of the Chair of Structural Mechanics and Monitoring, where I worked until 2018.

Right after that, I moved to Odense, where I was initially appointed as a postdoctoral researcher on the Maersk-McKinney-Moller Institute of SDU until 2020, and since then to the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, until I was promoted to assistant professor in 2021.

Educational Background

I have a PhD in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Patras, in Greece, under the mentorship of Prof. Spilios Fassois, and I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at ETH Zurich

Also, I am a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Colombia.

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