Dr Georgia E. Thermou
Dr Thermou is currently a Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the Civil and Structural Engineering Department of the University of Sheffield.
Dr Thermou received her 5-year Diploma in Structural Engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering of Demokritus University of Thrace, Greece, in July, 1999. A year later she received from the same Department an MSc degree in “New Materials and Techniques on the Design of Reinforced Concrete”. She subsequently continued her post-graduate studies at Imperial College, London, UK, where she attended the MSc program “Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics”. She successfully completed the program and obtained an MSc Degree from the University of London and a Diploma of Membership of Imperial College (DIC) in November 2001. The same year she moved back to Greece and in June 2002, she enrolled in the Department of Civil Engineering of Demokritus University of Thrace, to pursue PhD studies. She received her PhD degree in June 2007. She worked as a freelance Civil Engineer from 1999-2007 and she continued to work in the Publics Work Sector from March 2007 to September 2009 being responsible for the site supervision and financial monitoring of various projects.
In September 2009, Dr Thermou was appointed as a Lecturer in the Laboratory of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Structures, Civil Engineering Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2015, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the same University.
Dr Thermou has 15 years of research experience and her research interests include seismic design and technology of RC structures, assessment and retrofitting of existing RC structures, repair / strengthening of RC members with traditional and innovative materials and study of shear transfer mechanisms along concrete interfaces. She has worked as a full time researcher in 2 European (SAFERR, SPEAR) and 4 Hellenic research projects. She has published 70 papers in peer reviewed journals, special volumes and conferences. She is currently involved in Cost Actions TUD 1207, 1303, 1402, 1406. She is also a member of fib Task Group 5.1 “FRP reinforcement for concrete structures”. Dr Thermou participates as a member in the Technical Committee 67 of the Hellenic Body for Standardisation (ELOT) in the Working Groups of “Eurocode 2” and “Fiber reinforced polymer structures”.
Dr Iman Hajirasouliha
Dr Hajirasouliha obtained his PhD in 2006 from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, which is one of the leading technological universities in the Middle East. His research led to the development of an advanced theory for optimum performance-based design of structures that was awarded the “Tavakoli Prize” for conducting original research at Sharif University of Technology and “Distinguished Young Researcher Award” by the Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association. After being a lecturer in Civil Engineering Department at University of Science and Culture for two years, he was awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the University of Sheffield on the use of internal FRP reinforcement in new RC structures. In 2009, Dr Hajirasouliha received a prestigious Marie Curie individual fellowship (IIF) at The University of Sheffield on optimum strengthening of deficient RC buildings using FRP composites. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Nottingham, where he was convener of “Advanced Concrete Structures” and “Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics” modules. In 2012, Dr Hajirasouliha was appointed Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield. He has been principal or co-investigator of several EU and nationally funded projects.
Dr Hajirasouliha has extensive research experience in Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics, Performance-Based Design, Optimisation, Structural Strengthening, Cold-formed Steel Structures, and Soil-Structure Interaction. He is currently the leader of the Earthquake Engineering Group (EEG) at The University of Sheffield.