Dr Panos Kloukinas

Dr Panos Kloukinas joined the University of Greenwich in September 2018. He was previously a Senior Research Associate in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Bristol, UK (since December 2013). He holds a 5-year Diploma Degree in Civil Engineering (2003) and a MSc Degree (2006) from the University of Patras, Greece. In 2012 he earned a PhD degree from the same institution, with dissertation title “Contributions to Static and Seismic Analysis of Retaining Walls by Theoretical and Experimental Methods” (Advisor: Professor George Mylonakis).
His research interests include Earthquake Geotechnics, Wave Propagation, Seismic Soil-Structure Interaction (with emphasis on Dynamics of Retaining Structures), Computational Geomechanics (with emphasis on finite-element and finite-difference formulations), Limit Analysis, Foundation Engineering and Engineering Geology. He has broad experience in analytical, computational and experimental research, including field and laboratory testing methods on soils, construction materials and structures. His previous research post was exclusively related to Earthquake Engineering problems and Shaking Table modelling.

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Prof Jonathan Knappett

Jonathan joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in 2006, following MEng and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge. He is currently a Reader in Civil Engineering and Discipline Lead, having developed and previously led the University’s MSc in Geotechnical Engineering for 8 years.
His expertise includes centrifuge and 1-g physical modelling of soil-structure interaction problems, numerical (Finite Element) simulation and analytical modelling.

His research interests fall into three main areas:
1. Earthquake Engineering
2. Biomediated Geotechnical Engineering
3. Offshore Geotechnics, primarily anchoring systems for marine renewable energy

This research has been supported by funding from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission, and various overseas, charitable and industrial organisations to a total value of over £4.5M. He was awarded the British Geotechnical Association Medal in 2009 and the TK Hsieh Award for Civil Engineering Dynamics from the ICE/SECED in 2010. In 2017 he gave the 13th Géotechnique Lecture on Use of vegetation in low carbon geotechnical engineering.

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Dr Olga-Joan Ktenidou

Olga is a civil engineer with an MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology from Imperial College and a PhD in engineering seismology from Aristotle University, Greece. She has conducted research at the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, the Institute of Earth Sciences of Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center of the University of California at Berkeley, and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, and has taught at the University of Greenwich.

She joined NOA as an associate researcher and is currently head of seismicity analysis and monitoring. Her main area of expertise is seismic hazard and ground motion, in particular site characterisation and ground motion attenuation, uncertainty and variability. She has served as panel expert or consultant on ground motion characterisation for major Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment projects in the energy sector in the US, UK and Switzerland. She is an elected member of the Executive committee of the EU consortium EFEHR (European Facilities for Earthquake Hazard and Risk) and an invited member of the User Advisory Group for EU consortium ORFEUS (Observatories & Research Facilities for European Seismology). She has served as reviewer for 20 international journals and organised several conference sessions in site response and attenuation. She is a top-2 finalist for the British Council’s Professional Development awards in Greece for the period 2004-2019.

Dr Christian Málaga-Chuquitaype

Christian is a researcher, engineer, and educator currently working as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Structures at Imperial College London where he leads the Emerging Structural Technologies Research Group. His research interests span the areas of earthquake engineering, structural timber engineering, applied dynamics, and the development and implementation of passive and semi-active damping systems. His research has won several prizes including the TK Hsieh award from the ICE, the Best Paper prize from the IStrucE and the Unwin Prize from Imperial College. Having practiced in large and small infrastructure projects in Latin America, he is continuously involved in specialized consultancy internationally and serves on a number of committees related to international code development and the advancement of engineering practice.

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Prof Yosio Nakamura

Yosio is a geophysicist with special interests in terrestrial and extraterrestrial seismology. He was among the pioneering researchers who, during and following the Apollo Lunar Landing project in the 1970s, used the extensive data collected by a network of seismic stations on the Moon to make the first direct seismic observations of an extra-terrestrial object. This research in lunar seismology has led to an invaluable understanding of the dynamics and internal structure of the Moon. It also provides valuable information about tectonism not available on Earth due to the particularities of our planet’s size, composition, and stage of evolution. More recently, he is finding new information about the interior of the Moon using new analysis techniques, and with more advanced computers now available, applied to the decades-old data set. He is also assisting younger scientists and engineers in planning of future lunar missions.

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