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 Pedro Bonilla Villalba

Pedro Bonilla Villalba

Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2087 9061
Room W/1.32, Queen's Buildings - West Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


I am a research associate at the School of Engineering. I work on the simulation part of the EPSRC Resilient Materials for Life Programme Grant project - see project website RM4L. I am applying the expertise developed in my PhD in Computational Mechanics (specifically error estimation) to improve the numerical micromechanical model of self-healing fibre reinforced concrete.

Prior to shifting my career towards academia and scientific computations I was a chartered civil engineer in Catalonia with 6 years of experience in road design. My position at DOPEC involved duties as a road geometry design specialist, a project manager and a team leader. I have also worked as a MEP engineer for several design consultants.

I am also involved in demonstration of some finite element method related courses.



Education and qualifications

  • 2019: PhD in Computational Mechanics, Cardiff University
  • 2014: MSc in Numerical Methods for Engineering , Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) + International centre of Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)
  • 2012: Equivalent to BSc/BEng in Civil engineering (4th year update following Bologna process standards)
  • 2004: Equivalent to BSc/BEng in Civil engineering (3 years Spanish pre-Bologna process degree) UPC

Academic career overview

  • 2018 - present: Research Associate, RM4L, Cardiff University School of Engineering
  • 2016 - 2018: Demonstrator at Cardiff University (while studying for the PhD)

Industrial career overview

  • 2013 - 2015: MEP design engineer, Milian Associats
  • 2006 - 2011: Civil Engineer, DOPEC (Road design specialist and team leader)
  • 2005 - 2006: Civil Engineer, DOYMO
  • 2003 – 2005: MEP Engineer, Ventura Associats
  • 1998 – 2002: Draughtsman and MEP design technician, Ventura Associats

Professional memberships

2004 - 2015 Member of the Spanish and Catalan Civil Engineers Institutions “Colegio de Ingenieros Técnicos de Obras Públicas, CITOP” and “Col·legi d'Enginyers Tècnics d'Obres Públiques de Catalunya, CETOP”


Past projects