Vesna Jaksic is civil engineer specialised in design, testing and monitoring of structures. She contributes in MaREI’s Novel Materials and Structural Systems for MRE and MRE Device Design, Innovation and Optimisation platforms. Her work is supported by Science Foundation Ireland (Advance Award) and European Commission.
Vesna is currently working on:
- “Floating Tidal Energy Commercialisation” (FloTEC), European Commission H2020 project (Grant no: H2020-691916). The project will demonstrate the potential for floating tidal systems to provide low-cost, high-value energy to the European grid mix. As a part of the team, Vesna contributes to the design of the new generation tidal turbine blades.
- “Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Offshore Renewable Energy” (MARINCOMP) (Grant no: 612531), European Commission FP7 Marie Skłodowska-Curie project, under the Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) programme. MARINCOMP aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind and tidal turbine blades and enable the drive toward lower cost per kilowatt renewable energy for both industries. Vesna is a co-PI on the project and is working on structural design and cost modeling of the wind and tidal turbine blades made of carbon.
- “Optimal structural design of supporting structures and foundations for offshore energy devices using composite materials” project, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Advance Award (14/ADV/RC3022). The project aims to reduce the overall capital cost of the installations and the cost of electricity from ocean energy by employing composite materials for structural design.
- Transport and Urban Development COST Action TU1406. This Action aims to bring together research and practicing community in order to accelerate the establishment of a European guidelines on specific performance indicators of roadway bridges. Vesna is contributing to WP5: Drafting of guidelines/recommendations.
- The design of motion control device for floating offshore wind platform and testing. The work is a contribution to Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments (LEANWIND) FP7 project funded by European Commission.
- Offshore wind turbine soil-structure interaction. This is collaborative work between UCC and UCD.
- “Tidal turbine (fatigue) test rig design” submission to Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK. This is collaborative work between Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd and Edinburgh University, where Vesna is visiting researcher contributing to the proposal.
In addition, Vesna is involved in various science communications and outreach activities, both within and outside the university.
Vesna graduated in 2000 and obtained MSc in structural engineering in 2001 at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She obtained MSc in 2004 and PhD in 2014 at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCC, Ireland. She worked in both civil engineering industry and academia sectors. Working as project engineer she contributed to over 45 different structural projects in a range of different industries. Her work in academia includes tutorials and labs for the undergraduate courses (Engineering Structures, Solid and Structural Mechanics I, II, and III) and co-supervision of the internship, final year, and master students. She contributed to the creation of Hydromet Research Group and Dynamical System and Risk Laboratory at UCC. She acted as presenter and demonstrator (exhibitor) for UCC Department of Civil Engineering in collaboration with IEI, at Discovery, Cork Science Festivals.
Vesna was awarded Teagasc Walsh (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) Fellowship (2002 – 2004), IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology) PhD scholarship (2010 – 2013), and SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Advance Award (2014-2016).
During her research career, Vesna produced publications, participated in conferences, and contributed to numerous projects, such as CELTICFLUX (funded by Irish EPA), FORESTSOILC (funded by COFORD and STRIVE), LEANWIND (FP7 funded by EU), and various industry collaboration projects. Currently, she is a senior post-doctoral researcher in MaREI Research Institute, where she is involved in MARINCOMP EU FP7 project (Marie Curie IAPP programme), FloTEC H2020 project and Transport and Urban Development COST Action TU1406. Vesna was visiting researcher at SME Eir Composites Teo. (December 2014 and July 2015) and R&D ScotRenewables Tidal Power Ltd. (July-August 2016). She is also a regular visiting researcher at the Institute of Materials and Processes, University of Edinburgh, UK.