As a teenager growing up in her hometown of Medan, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, Ellys was deeply affected by the disastrous impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
In the wake of the tragedy, Ellys decided she wanted to become a seismic engineer to help minimise loss of life due to earthquakes. Throughout her civil engineering undergraduate course and her doctoral studies, she has kept her focus on this goal.
Ellys gained significant practical experience both during and after her undergraduate studies. She worked with a broad range of structural steel and concrete building elements in large-scale facilities, from shopping centres, hotels and places of worship, to a refinery plant, convention hall and student recreation centre.
During her doctoral studies at Auckland University, Ellys investigated the interaction between primary structure and non-structural components, multi-axial near-source ground motions and soil effects – an area of research that is highly relevant for improvement of seismic design in New Zealand and around the world.
In fact, New Zealand’s focus on seismic upgrading and interest in international best practice and improved technologies is fertile grounds for Ellys’s expert knowledge. She’s passionate about applying her skills not only to accomplish her professional goals, but to minimise risk for communities living and working in earthquake-prone zones.
At Prendos, Ellys provides detailed seismic assessments, remediation and new designs of commercial and residential buildings around the country.
QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
2018 Member of Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC)
2017 Member of Engineering New Zealand
2017 PhD in Civil Engineering – University of Auckland, New Zealand
2012 Bachelor of Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia