We welcome two new faculty members: Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Dimitrios Zekkos.
Their state date is January 1, 2020. Both have established CEE web pages so that CEE faculty and students can contact them.
Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos’ core research and teaching areas lie in geomechanics and geotechnical engineering, with a focus on how infrastructure systems, including levees, roadways, and ports, respond to seismic and other natural hazard events.
Dr. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos has established herself as an outstanding academic, with strong contributions across research, teaching and service. She is a national leader in the research community, and has received the Casagrande, Middlebrooks, and NSF CAREER awards. Her teaching record is exceptional. Most notable, however, has been Dr. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos' innovative and high-impact contributions to diversity and community, which has created tangible change.
Dimitrios Zekkos is an internationally recognized leader in the field of geoenvironmental engineering who has made important contributions to understanding the properties and mechanics of municipal solid waste (MSW), seismic safety issues connected to landfills, and energy generation processes (such as production of methane gas) and hazardous material byproducts of waste as it ages and degrades.
Dr. Zekkos has been a leader in academic and professional communities. He will serve as conference chair for the upcoming 9th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics. He has also served on over 20 scientific steering committees, conference organizing committees or as session chair in the past 10 years.
Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Dimitrios Zekkos are advocates for gender equity in academics. Both participated in the NeWinCEE Program (led by Dr. Athansopoulos-Zekkos), which aims to help build academic success for under-represented populations through the creation of professional networks.