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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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student spotlight logoStudent Spotlight: Petros Sideris

Petros visited the Summer Palace in Beijing, China during the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

Petros visited the Summer Palace in Beijing, China during the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

Ph.D. candidate Petros Sideris likes the challenge of coming up with feasible solutions to practical and theoretical problems. His research, conducted under the supervision of Professors Andre Filiatrault and Amjad Aref in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), allows him to do both. In his current research project, “Analytical and Experimental Investigation of the Dynamic Behavior of Precast Segmental Bridges Under Earthquake Excitation,” he is formulating flexibility-based macro-elements capable of capturing key characteristics of the dynamic response of segmental systems. These elements could provide significant insight into the response of such systems under strong earthquake shaking.

On the practical side, he is participating in the design and execution of a shake table experiment planned for Spring 2010 on a large scale single span segmental concrete bridge. For his Master’s Thesis, he worked on a study (under Andre Filiatrault) that introduced inclined shelving as a measure for reducing seismic hazards in warehouses due to falling rack contents.

A native of Greece, Petros was always aware of the devastation a strong earthquake can cause. During his undergraduate studies at the National Technical University of Athens, he discovered that the challenges of earthquake engineering spur him to progress. He also realized “the significance of earthquake-resistant systems to the well-being of society.”

Petros, who won a fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year, expects to receive his Ph.D. in 2010 and plans to remain active in the field of earthquake engineering after he graduates. He is currently the president of the CSEE’s Graduate Student Association and treasurer of the UB-EERI Student Chapter.

In his free time, Petros leads the Hellenic Dance Group, which participates in the International Education Week Event at UB.