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George Mavroeidis Receives 2011 NSF CAREER Award

George P. Mavroeidis

George P. Mavroeidis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, was awarded the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2011 for a project entitled “A Comprehensive Approach for Investigating the Effects of Near-Fault Dynamic Ground Deformations on Engineering Structures.” The research is based on an interdisciplinary approach that ranges from the description of the earthquake source, to ground motion modeling, and to dynamic structural response. The prestigious CAREER award recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

George also received the Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in Early Career Faculty from CUA in 2012, which recognizes excellence in teaching for faculty members who have been at the university for less than 10 years. In 2009, he was also awarded the Charles H. Kaman Award for Excellence in Teaching from the School of Engineering.

His research interests are in the areas of engineering seismology, earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and structural mechanics, and include topics related to mechanics and physics of earthquakes, deterministic and stochastic ground motion simulations, fracture and frictional processes, seismic hazard and risk analysis, and computational modeling.

“I view earthquake engineering as a multi-phased process that ranges from the description of earthquake sources, to characterization of site effects and structural response, and to description of measures of seismic protection,” he said. “These basic phases incorporate various components, such as occurrence modeling, geophysical modeling, ground motion modeling, stochastic and nonlinear dynamic analysis, and design and experimentation.” These components are strongly interrelated, he continued, “and only an integrated approach will enable the scientific community to better understand the nature of the earthquake problem, face the research challenges more effectively, incorporate the progress in engineering codes in a rigorous way, and ultimately reduce the seismic risk.”

George received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the University at Buffalo, where he participated in MCEER’s research program and worked on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the United States Geological Survey. He said that “being involved with MCEER while pursuing my Ph.D. further enhanced my educational experience by providing financial support for my doctoral research and participation in professional conferences. The infrastructure to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations among research groups within UB and other participating institutions was also a benefit to being involved with MCEER.”

He received a diploma in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1997, followed in 1998 with a master’s in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining CUA in 2007, he held research appointments at UB, the Institute of Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Greece, and the University of California, San Diego.