I started this blog when I was a PhD candidate at TU Delft in the Concrete Structures Section. The topic of my research was shear in reinforced concrete slabs under concentrated loads close to the support. The results of my series of large-scale experiments was used by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Watermanagement to evaluate the existing slab bridges in the Netherlands. In June 2013, I received my PhD degree. Since then, I’ve been working as a part-time researcher for TU Delft. I return to Delft every summer for research. In 2019, I received tenure at TU Delft.
Since November 2013, I’ve been working as an assistant professor in Ecuador. I am in charge of teaching the following undergraduate courses: Reinforced Concrete I, Reinforced Concrete II, Design of Pavements, Construction Materials Laboratory, and Structural Analysis I. Besides teaching, I supervise undergraduate thesis projects, carry out research in the field of structural concrete, and was responsible for the development of the Civil Engineering laboratories. I’ve received tenure at USFQ in 2016 when I got promoted to Full Professor with a focus on research. Since then, I have been teaching a maximum of one course per semester.
I completed my engineering degree in civil engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with a thesis on buckling of reinforced concrete columns. Then, I went to Georgia Tech for an MS in structural engineering with a Fulbright scholarship and Belgian American Educational Foundation scholarship and did some additional research on punching shear in reinforced concrete slabs.
Besides reinforced concrete, I am interested in and blog about: the process of doing a PhD, the non-scientific skills you need during your PhD, academia in general, living abroad, and my travels. My daughter was born in 2017, which led me to explore (and write about) the combination of an academic career and parenting.
I’m also a former music reviewer at Darkview and used to be a staff writer for Grave Concerns Ezine , Gradhacker and Lifehack. I’m involved (or have been involved) in several music projects ranging from historical music to klezmer as a vocalist and cello player.
I’ve created this blog with the vision that PhD Talk becomes the go-to online resource for researchers to learn the mechanics of doing research starting from their personality and strengths, so that they can perform at high levels without burning out. My mission is to provide researchers the tools they need to make this world a better place. I believe that researchers do their best work when they feel broadly supported, achieve more balance in their lives, and treat themselves with and are treated with compassion.
English is not my native language. I apologize for language errors in my posts.
March 3, 2011 – Meet the Mathcad users: Eva Lantsoght, The Netherlands
August 24, 2011 – Concrete Collapse (Delta)
February 22, 2012 – Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Highlights
September 2012 – Prologue by Promood
November 2012 – Civil Engineering and Geosciences News
March 2013 – Twitter op de TU (Delta)
June 2013 – PhD awarded to “new-media PhD Candidate”
February 2014 – Interview with Amber Davis
February 2014 – Solid As Concrete: A Graduable Profile of Eva Lantsoght
April 2014 – Peoplegogy” Meet Dr. Eva Lantsoght
July 2014 – LUSAS whisky winner at SMSB 2014
April 2015 – Times Higher Education: Aspiring Doctor Heal Thyself
February 2017 – Interview with Veronika Cheplygina: “How I Fail”.
January 2019 – Crossing Continents – Cherwell
September 2019 – 5 vragen aan Eva – Belgische in Ecuador
March 2020 – Nature Career Feature mention
June 2020 – Interview with NaturalScience.Careers
July 2021 – Broaden your horizons in your engineering career
September 2022 – E67 of Adventures in Advising: Advising from a Distance
January 2023 – Building an academic career on your own terms
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