PhD student John Monrose successfully defends thesis

Congratulations to John Monrose, who successfully defended his PhD thesis – Permeable Pavement Systems with Low-Carbon and Recycled Materials for Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – on 25 September 2019.

His research explores the theoretical and laboratory approaches which critically assess the applicability of the technology of permeable pavement systems (PPS) as a resilient stormwater control measure in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Most SIDS are small, tropical and geologically confined islands vulnerable to the impacts of urbanization and climate change. The research evaluates the impact of the use of recycled waste materials on the performance of PPS. These waste materials are being considered in order to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the construction and implementation phase of pavements, and to reduce the volume of natural material used in the construction industry. Additionally, the research performs a comprehensive life cycle cost analysis of PPS intended for use in Caribbean SIDS.

John has worked on water, wastewater and transportation projects for AECOM. He has over ten years of experience in civil engineering design and construction works. John is a registered member of the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT), an Associate Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) and a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

John’s supervisory team included Director of Studies Dr Kiran Tota-Maharaj, and IWSN Director Prof. Chad Staddon (University of the West of England, Bristol).