Contact Information
andreas.kappos@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 4237

Biography

Prof. Andreas Kappos is a world-leading researcher and consultant in the field of structural engineering, particularly bridges and seismic design of structures. He has long been working in this field on topics like analysis procedures for structures (reinforced concrete and masonry buildings, and bridges) subjected to earthquake loading, and developed several methods and models for seismic assessment (both deterministic and probabilistic) of these structures, as well as design procedures based on the use of modern analysis tools. He was also involved in experimental work on the behavior of reinforced concrete members subjected to cyclic loading, with emphasis on structural walls with special types of reinforcement and/or retrofitted using fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) and, more recently, steel-reinforced polymers (SRPs). He developed new approaches for the assessment of the seismic vulnerability of existing structures and the associated losses and was involved in several projects on seismic risk assessment and earthquake scenarios for European cities and other structural engineering issues. He is the author or co-author of three books in English, and another two in Greek, edited three collective work volumes and has contributed several chapters to books edited by others. He has published extensively in the field of Earthquake Structural Engineering and related fields (over 400 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings), and his work was recognized internationally. 

Prior to joining Khalifa University, he held a dual appointment at City University of London and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. At City University, he founded and led the Research Centre for Civil Engineering Structures; while in Thessaloniki, he was Head of the Structures Section from 2008 to 2010. He first joined the department as a lecturer in 1988, after having completed his Ph.D. studies in 1986. From 1983-1984, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1995 to 1999, he worked at the Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London (UK), first as a lecturer and later as a Reader of Earthquake Structural Engineering.

In addition to his academic activities, he has been involved in several consultancies on topics like the seismic design of bridges and buildings, the assessment and retrofit of damaged structures, and various aspects of the use of concrete in bridges, tunnels, and other civil engineering work.

Dr. Kappos is the Secretary General of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) since 2010 and the Coordinator of the EAEE Working Group on Bridges since 2004. He has also served as a member of a number of scientific committees dealing with seismic design and assessment; he recently led the Project Team that drafted the new Eurocode 8 Part 3 and is currently a member of the Eurocode 8 Management Group.


Education
  • PhD (cum laude), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 1986
  • MSc, Advanced Structural Engineering, University of Southampton (UK), 1981
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering (5-year program), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 1978

Teaching
  • Design of Concrete Structures (CIVE442)
  • Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (MEEN 395)
  • Structural Building Design (CIVE473)
  • Dynamic Loading and Design of Bridges (CIVE794
  • Highrise Building Design (CIVE632)

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Research
Research Interests
  • Analysis and design of reinforced concrete (R/C) structures (buildings, bridges, etc.)
  • Experimental study of R/C members
  • Repair and strengthening of R/C members
  • Vulnerability and risk assessment of structures
  • Analysis and design of load-bearing masonry and masonry infills
  • Seismic isolation and damping systems

Research Projects

 “Feasibility of the Dynamic Intelligent Bridge”

funded by Khalifa University – FSU-2020-15, duration 2 years (Jan. 2020- Jan. 2022)

  - Principal Investigator: Α. Kappos

  - Budget: AED 694,620 (€169,400)

“Target Fixings KTP - Exploring special reinforcement for seismic strengthening of masonry buildings”

funded by Innovate UK and Target Fixings Ltd; duration 2 years (Jan. 2019 - Jan. 2021)

  - Principal Investigator: Α. Kappos; co-PI: P. Mergos (City, University of London)

  - Total budget: £236,818 (€260,500)

“An Innovative system for the control of dynamic response of bridges”

funded by the Khalifa University RIG programme (30 months, started Sep. 2023)

  - Coordinator/PI: Α. Kappos

  - Budget: AED 2,000,000 (€500,000)


Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Staff
Hafiz Waqas Visiting Post doctoral Researcher
Ioannis MIkes Post doctoral Researcher
Students
Aya Abouelhamd PhD student at Khalifa University
Yousef Awera PhD student at Khalifa University
Safi Rehman PhD student at Khalifa University
Hala Mehyar Abu Shehab PhD student at Khalifa University
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