Gabriel Sas' research is about creating methods that can extend the life of existing constructions, but also create new structures that live for more generations than today. His first contact with the subject of structural engineering was during his university studies, where he helped a doctoral student with his research. It captured his curiosity and he wanted to learn more. His driving force today is to learn new things and apply the knowledge in his work. He wants to create a better future for future generations and if he could dream freely, he would like to contribute to a more sustainable society through safe and affordable constructions.
The most fun thing about the job is being able to collaborate with others. Gabriel believes that research can be very individual, but believes that today it is difficult to stand alone in the research world. He also believes that in the future we will work more across subject boundaries.
Gabriel Sas, born in 1981 in Romania, defended his PhD in 2011 at Luleå University of Technology with a dissertation on how to strengthen existing concrete structures. Shortly afterwards, he worked in Norway in the Research and Development sector. He is very proud that early in his research career he led one of the largest research project in the hydropower industry in Norway, where they worked to extend the life of existing dams. In his spare time, he spends time with his children, reading books, fishing and exercising.