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Dr Mona Hess
UCL CEGE, Chadwick Building
Office 104
Gower Street
United Kingdom
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Mona joined UCL in 2008 after working in architectural office for heritage building conservation in Montreal, Canada and as Graduate Researcher at the Getty Conservation Institute (J. Paul Getty Trust), Field Projects Department, in Los Angeles/USA (Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) - Jordan, 2006/07).
Prior to this Mona complete studies in architecture (Dipl.-Ing. Univ., TU Muenchen, Germany) and a M.A. in Heritage Conservation (Bamberg/Germany), where she specialized in CAD, 3D imaging techniques and databases especially in the field of conservation science and in architectural conservation. Mona now holds a PhD in 3D imaging metrology for cultural heritage from UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.

Her current position is Research Associate, and Research Manager for the 3DIMPact group (3D Imaging, Metrology & Photogrammetry Applied Coordinate Technologies) at UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. She was also active as UCL Robotics Coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

Mona is teaching on undergraduate and graduate courses across faculties and departments at UCL. She is the module coordinator for 'Technologies in Arts and Cultural Heritage' for the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mona is also taking on collaborative project work and consultancies with industry and heritage institutions. She is an active member of the international Digital Heritage community, lastly through the participation at the EU e-Cost action COSCH (Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage, TD1201).

Research Summary

Mona holds a PhD in 3D imaging metrology for cultural heritage.and offers a cross-disciplinary approach for 3D imaging metrology, and 3D virtual reconstruction and 3D printing in cultural heritage, arts & humanities and for creative industries.

Since 2008 she has been working as researcher at UCL CEGE and UCL Culture (UCL Museums and Collections). Specialized in 3D colour imaging and replica for museum objects she has taken on projects within University College London (E-Curator "3D colour scans for remote object identification and assessment", workshop ‘Life cycle of a digital object’ and 3DPetrie), for museums in London (British Museum - Solomon Islands Canoe, Science Museum, Cortauld Institute of Art) but also internationally (Università degli studi Lecce/Italy, CULTNAT Egypt, University of Virginia/ USA). Please see Research Activities for more information.

Research Interests:

digital heritage, 3D imaging of artefacts and spaces, digital documentation of cultural heritage, digital archives for buildings and museum objects, issues in heritage conservation and conservation science, teaching

Teaching Summary

Mona is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy through UCL Arena - An international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education demonstrating practice aligned with UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Teaching activities

  • Module coordinator "Technologies in Arts and Cultural Heritage" (BASc2082), Interdisciplinary elective module, Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2014-2017 module development, co-teaching, coordination)
  • Photogrammetry at Llynn Brianne, field course - Lampeter (CEGE2007-TI:FS), Field Studies and Surveying for MENg BEng at UCL CEGE
  • Terrestrial data acquisition (CEGEG084) at UCL CEGE (support)
  • Lecture 'Digital Reconstruction' in MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Lecture and practical for MA Issues in Conservation - Understanding objects (ARCLG142) and Principles of Conservation (ARDLG139), UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • Course 3D Meshmix at the Summer School of the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc)
Previous teaching activities:
  • Lecture and practical for MA Digital Resources in the Humanities (INSTG008), UCL Information Studies
  • 3D scanning and low cost scanning classes for the Institute of Making, UCL Engineering
  • Lecture for MA in Wall Painting Conservation, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Seminar for MA in Digital Anthropology, UCL Anthropology
13-JAN-2014 Research Associate, Research Manager and Facilitator UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2012 Research Associate UCL Public and Cultural Engagement UCL, United Kingdom
15-JAN-2008 Reseach Assistant UCL Museums and Public Engagement UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2016 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Engineering University College London
2005 MA Master of Arts – Heritage Conservation Otto-Friedrich-Unviersität Bamberg (Germany)
2002 Dipl. Ing. Diplom- Ingenieur – Architecture Technische Universitat München
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