Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos

Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos

Add Athanasopoulos-Zekkos
Adjunct Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Engineering » Civil and Environmental Eng.

Dr. Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos holds a joint BS/MSc in Civil Engineering from the Universityof Patras, Greece (2003), and received her MSc (2004) and PhD (2008) Degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004 she received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her PhD research. She joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2008. In 2010 she received the Elizabeth Crosby Faculty Research Award by the Univ. of Michigan and in 2012 she was selected as a NSF ENHANCE Fellow through the NEES program (Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation). In 2013 she received the NSF CAREER award, NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. She has received 2014 Faculty Excellence Award by the CEE Dept at the Univ. of Michigan, the 2015 ASCE Arthur Casagrande Award and the 2015 ASCE Thomas Middlebrooks Award, and more recently the 2016 Chi Epsilon (XE) Outstanding Teaching Award. Prof. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos’ research interests focus on the risk assessment and mitigation of multi-hazards as they relate to geotechnical engineering infrastructure, as well as earthquake engineering and soil dynamics and stability of soils. She was a key member of the NSF-funded Independent Levee Investigation Team (ILIT) that studied the levee failures in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and she has developed methods for the seismic assessment of earthen levee systems that are currently used in the re-evaluation of the flood protection system in California. She is also interested in studying the seismic response of retaining structures, ground motion propagation characteristics due to pile-driving activities, and assessment of liquefaction-induced deformations.