Dr. Alison Trachet joined the Architectural Conservation Laboratory in the Division of Architectural Conservation Programmes (ACP) at the University of Hong Kong in April 2018. Previously, she had been working as a mitigation specialist for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assessing hurricane damage in central Florida and providing expert guidance to prevent future damage. Alison finished her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Education at the University of Florida in 2016 where she determined how composite silicon ceramics used for ballistic protection performed under high-speed testing. During her Ph.D. program, she developed great interest in the world of heritage conservation and earned a Fulbright grant to study the provenance of ancient Roman bricks and clay tiles in Salzburg, Austria. Before beginning her Ph.D. program, Alison was employed at a forensic engineering firm analyzing structural distress and providing rehabilitation recommendations. She has extensive experience using multiple characterization techniques to evaluate ceramics, including Raman Spectroscopy, XRD, SEM, and polarized light microscopy.