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ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering Appoints Simos Gerasimidis to Its Editorial Board

Simos Gerasimidis

Simos Gerasimidis

Associate Professor Simos Gerasimidis of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has been chosen as one of the associate editors on the Editorial Board of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering. The journal, which first started publishing in 1956 and has antecedents reaching back to 1873, is one of the flagship journals of ASCE and is sponsored by its division, the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. 

As the ASCE release explains, “One of the oldest and most respected periodicals in the field, the Journal of Structural Engineering has a history of reporting on fundamental knowledge that advances the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in structural engineering.

The ASCE article goes on to say that “Authors discuss the art and science of structural modeling and design; develop, apply, and interpret the results of novel analytical, computational, and experimental simulation techniques; propose new structural systems and study the merits of existing ones; pioneer methods for maintenance, rehabilitation, and monitoring of existing structures; and investigate the properties of engineering materials as related to structural behavior.”

Gerasimidis is one of the most prominent structural engineers in his field. In 2021, he was invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2021 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. According to the NAE description, “Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from the United States and European Union meet for an intensive two-and-one-half-day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments.”

In his research, Gerasimidis is interested in numerical, analytical, and experimental methods to describe the stability of structural systems across scales.

Gerasimidis explains that his research interests lie in the areas of: new truss or plate-lattice architected metamaterials; auxetic composites for civil infrastructure; shell buckling and energy barrier methods; analysis, inspection, and repairing of aging bridges; and energy structures.

In the spring of 2021, Gerasimidis received a $547,870 award from the highly coveted National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. His CAREER project, titled “Auxetic Lattice Reinforcing Metamaterial Architectures for a New Class of Concrete Metastructures,” is exploiting unique mechanical properties of architected metamaterials to create a new class of reinforced concrete structures, known as “metastructures,” with mechanical properties such as strength, ductility, and energy absorption far superior to those available today.

Before Gerasimidis came to UMass, his professional experience as a structural engineer included working on landmark, large-scale, infrastructure projects such as the Olympic Stadium Steel Roof Structure in Athens, the most recent New York Yankees Stadium in the Bronx, the conceptual design of the Chicago Spire, and a steel footbridge in one of the most important Byzantine monuments of the world, the Thessaloniki Rotunda.

(September 2022)