Simos Gerasimidis

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

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Dr. Gerasimidis is a Post-Doctoral Reseaarch Scientist at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics of Columbia University. He has received his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his MEng from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.

His research interests lie in the areas of infrastructure resilience, structural systems and energy structures. His main area of research is infrastructure resilience, structural response of critical infrastructure systems subjected to extreme-loading events in urban regions, resilient-oriented structural design approaches, damage propagation and structural response of damaged structures covering a broad spectrum of structural behavior. More precisely, he has concentrated on one of the main dimensions of resilience and safe structural systems which is structural robustness. His research activities have aimed at studying the vulnerability of structures to localized damage by focusing on the investigation of new stability collapse modes that had not been taken into account before.

Since September 2011, he has been working as a post-doctoral research scientist at Columbia University on the field of resilience, under the supervision of Prof. Deodatis and Prof. Betti. During this time, he has been collaborating very closely with Weidlinger Associates Inc., a world leading group in the field of infrastructure resilience.

His research experience in the field had started from his undergraduate thesis at the Department of Civil Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki during which he studied the response of the Athens Olympic Stadium Steel Roof under a cable failure and continued in his PhD studies involving alternate load path methods in the realm of limit analysis of damaged structures under the supervision of Prof. Baniotopoulos.

Ongoing work is, firstly, challenging the conservative column removal method for progressive collapse analysis by presenting a new partial distributed damage method involving damage of multiple components and secondly investigating fire and blast induced collapse through the collaborations with Princeton University and the University of Mississippi. During the last years, he has also entered the field of the structural response of Super Tall (>100m) Steel Wind Turbine Towers. Lastly, his work is now expanding in the field of aging infrastructure and in particular in the field of deterioration of highway bridges. This work is expected to be coupled with health monitoring techniques and provide new insights regarding the resilience of infrastructure.

His 5-year professional experience as a structural engineer started from his year at SANTIAGO CALATRAVA SA working for the Olympic Complex in Athens which included landmark, large-scale infrastructure projects such as the Olympic Stadium Steel Roof Structure. After his graduate studies at MIT, he worked for THORNTON TOMASETTI in New York for the design/supervision of the new New York Yankees Stadium in the Bronx and the conceptual design of the Chicago Spire. Lastly, as a licensed professional structural engineer during his PhD studies at Thessaloniki, Greece, he was in charge of the design of important projects such as a steel footbridge in one of the most important Byzantine monuments of the world, the Thessaloniki Rotunda.


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