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Gerasimidis to Participate in National Academy of Engineering Symposium

Simos Gerasimidis

Simos Gerasimidis

Assistant Professor Simos Gerasimidis of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been 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 will meet for an intensive two-and-one-half-day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments.”

The NAE symposium will be held virtually from November 15 to 17 and will discuss developments in four key areas: machine learning for emerging networks; applications and uses of graphene; improving the reliability and resiliency of electric power grids; and technologies for the detection and treatment of dementia.

According to the NAE, “The event facilitates international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promotes the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourages the creation of a transatlantic network of world-class engineers.”

The rich professional experience of Gerasimidis includes working as post-doctoral research scientist at Columbia University, a teaching assistant at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a structural engineer in Greece, a structural engineer for Thornton Tomasetti in New York City, and a teaching assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his degrees from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and MIT.

Before Gerasimidis came to UMass, his five-year 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.

The Gerasimidis Research Group is interested in studying structural stability, structural collapse, and the aging of structures at different scales for a wide variety of structural systems. As Gerasimidis explains, “Using computational analysis and experimental techniques, we are developing solutions for a spectrum of stability phenomena.”

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,” will exploit 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 superior to those available today. (October 2021)