Think simple. Understand.

I am a Professor, happy to help my students to find their own voice, to take their first adult steps.

I am a Researcher. I enjoy the solitude of my thought, debugging concepts and explanations, finding reasons. I also enjoy teamwork, applying and developing together more efficient ideas and concepts.

I love the suggestions hidden in the brevity of a haiku: distilled, essential and simple.

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As a University Professor, research stands as an integral part of my job. My current research interests focus on structural design in wood, particularly on the application of new concepts and developments. I’ve also worked in the field of structural steel connections.

My research results have been presented at several conferences and published in scientific journals as well.


Teaching is a truly exciting work. For me, it consists of providing tools for an unknown future. I, therefore, think it’s crucial to help the student to discover how to think by himself, how to put the different concepts in relation and get to be independent.


Courses I teach

Popular Science

I believe explaining scientific concepts in simple words is also part of my work. I, therefore, devote time to contribute in some “real people journals”. Some of  the posts on this page are part of that belief, as well.

Recent posts

What’s in your backpack? (About the value of education) - Already 15 years ago, a computer named HAL 9000 became intelligent. OK,  right: it was only a movie. However, it looks like we’re not so far away from that possibility. Computers nowadays already learn by themselves. Does that make a difference to the way we learn and teach? Now that a computer is almost able to … Continue reading What’s in your backpack? (About the value of education)
Sharing and learning - Imagine you were invited to an intensive course where the most relevant and skilled people you know will be your teachers. Would you reject such an opportunity? Well, I’m in. I’ve been invited to such an event.
  • Welcome to Pamplona! 2nd Workshop of COST Action FP 1402 - Last week (1st and 2nd October 2015) I had the opportunity to welcome a lot of my research colleagues in Pamplona, in the framework of COST Action FP 1402 “Basis of Structural Timber Design” – from research to standards.
  • One, two… buckle! - Careful when buckling. (Post originally published at on 02/09/2010)