Katerina Ziotopoulou

Katerina Ziotopoulou

Position Title
Associate Professor

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
3141 Ghausi

Dr.  Ziotopoulou’s mission  is  to advance  numerical  simulation  tools  by  making  them better connected to the body of information on soil behavior and thus achieve seismic resilience  and  sustainability  of  geostructures. Together with  her  research  group,  her goals are to: (a) improve our understanding of the response of liquefiable soil-structure systems through advanced multi-scale experimental testing, (b) advance and perform reliable numerical simulations and develop usable simulation tools, and through these (c)  facilitate  advances  in  performance-based  design  across  a  range  of  foundation design and ground improvement methods. Her efforts have produced numerical tools that are currently widely used by research and practice nationally and internationally, towards  assessing  and  managing  risks  associated  with  earthquake-induced  ground failure.

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Greek International Woman Award in Science
  • 2016 ASCE 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Recognition
  • 2017 Engaged Learning Community Award, UC Davis
  • 2016 Teacher of the Week – Virginia Tech CIDER
  • 2015 W(H)YDOC Young Doctors in Geomechanics Fellow.