Professor Katerina Ziotopoulou Awarded NSF CAREER Award

 

By MaiChong Thao

Katerina Ziotopoulou

Every year, the NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Program awards grants to scientists and engineers who will be future role models in research and education. Katerina Ziotopoulou, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was one of the recipients for this year. She was granted a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award of more than $500,000 for her research in soil liquefaction. 

The CAREER grant aims to achieve the following:

  • Foster a space for creative practice in research
  • Data driven to create evaluation tools
  • Find solutions through the diversity of viewpoints and experiences
  • Lastly, this grant will also provide three graduate students who work in the Hazards Engineering summer support.

The overarching goal of this research is:

  • Create models that will support “the application of Physics-Guided Data Science in liquefaction evaluations”
  • Design a system that would reduce biases in the data
  • Produce modules that would fit the needs of students
  • Introduce basic ideas of earthquake engineering to students
  • Support for Earth Science teachers that are from underserved districts
  • Outreach to younger girls to talks about diversity and inclusion in the field

The project will run from July 2021 to June 2026. 

In recent years, fellow assistant professors John Herman, Alejandro Martinez, Veronica Morales, and Holly Oldroyd have also been awarded NSF Career Grants. 

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