Who I am

François Diaz-Maurin, PhD, MSc, BSc

I am a researcher, engineer and consultant specialized in integrated modeling and uncertainty analysis. I have been trained in civil engineering, geochemistry, nuclear materials, nuclear security, and sustainability sciences.

I have gained over 15 years of international experience in scientific and strategic advice as well as in industrial and academic research. I am specialized in multi-scale integrated analysis, multi-criteria evaluation methods for decision support, and uncertainty management. My main areas of expertise are energy and nuclear technologies, radioactive waste management, and geological systems and infrastructures.

I have been trained as a scientist and engineer in civil engineering (B.Sc./M.Sc., University of Rennes 1, 2004/2007, both with distinction), environmental and sustainability sciences (Ph.D., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2013, summa cum laude), and nuclear materials, geochemistry of radionuclides and nuclear security (postdoctoral training, Stanford University, 2017–2019). Before starting my Ph.D. in February 2011, I worked 4 years as a structural and mechanical engineer on various major R&D projects in the nuclear industry in France (construction of EDF’s EPR nuclear reactor in Flamanville at Setec TPI, Paris) and the United States (design of US EPR at Areva NP, Boston, MA and Hanford Vitrification Plant at Areva Federal Services, Boston, MA). From August 2017 to July 2019, I was a MacArthur Foundation Nuclear Security Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University in California, United States. From August 2019 to July 2020, I was a European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and senior consultant at Amphos 21 Consulting S.L. in Barcelona, Spain. I am now an independent researcher and consultant at Decidia Research & Consulting in Barcelona, Spain, as well as a research associate in the Geotechnical Engineering & Geosciences (ETCG) group of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DECA) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) – BarcelonaTech in Spain and a network affiliate at Stanford University’s CISAC.

I am the author or co-author of over 35 scientific publications including 6 book chapters and 11 articles in high-impact scientific journals—most of which as first author.

I am the recipient of multiple competitive grants, awards, and distinctions including the Accreditation of Research (Lecturer) from the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (2019), the selection as part of the European Parliament’s MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme (2017), the “Extraordinary Ph.D.” Award from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2017), and a founding member of the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy network (ELEEP) of the Atlantic Council (Washington DC, USA) and the Ecologic Institute (Berlin, Germany) (since 2011). I am also a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). I read, write and speak fluently four languages: French, English, Spanish, and Catalan.

Besides research and consulting, I am a classical music lover and an amateur cellist.


Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology (Summa Cum Laude), ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), Feb. 2011–Oct. 2013

M.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering (First class honors with Distinction), Department of Civil Engineering, INSA Graduate School, University of Rennes 1 (France), Sep. 2004–Jun. 2007

B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering (First class honors with Distinction), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Rennes 1 (France), Sep. 2002–Jun. 2004


Research Associate, Geotechnical Engineering & Geosciences (ETCG) group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DECA), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) – BarcelonaTech (Spain), 2021–

Network Affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, CA (USA), 2019–

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona (Spain), 2019–2020

MacArthur Nuclear Security Visiting Scholar, CISAC, Stanford University (USA), 2017–2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Humanities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain), 2016–2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), 2013–2016

Ph.D. Candidate, ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), 2011–2013

Mechanical Engineer, AREVA Federal Services LLC (AFS), Boston, MA (USA), 2010

Structural Engineer, AREVA Inc. North America, Boston, MA (USA), 2009

Structural Engineer, SETEC Travaux Publics & Industriels (TPI), Paris (France), 2007–2008


Anna Nikishova, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist & Consultant

Anna Nikishova holds a Ph.D. (2020) and a M.Sc. (2016) in Computational Science from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Jerold Yu

Data Scientist & Consultant

Jerold Yu holds a M.S. in Statistics (2020) and a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science (2019) from Stanford University.