Athanasios Triantafyllou

Visiting Global Distinguished Professor of Civil & Urban Engineering

    1987 …2024

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    Research interests

    • Application of advanced materials in structural engineering, with a focus on strengthening and retrofitting of concrete, masonry and timber structures.
    • Cement-based and polymer-based composites.
    • Steel-concrete composite structures, prefabricated structural sandwich panels.
    • Lightweight materials (concrete, cellular materials).
    • Structural health monitoring.

    Personal profile

    Thanasis Triantafillou received a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras (UPAT), Greece (1985), and an MSc and PhD in Structural Engineering from MIT in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He is a Professor in the Department of Civil engineering at UPAT and director of the Structural Materials Laboratory. He is a Visiting Global Distinguished Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering at NYUAD. Prior to joining UPAT, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at MIT (1990-93).

    Honors and Awards

    1. IIFC (International Institute for FRP in Construction) Medal of outstanding research impact (2010).
    2. Golden Mirko Roš Medal for life’s work in the field of Materials and Engineering Science (2007), Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    3. Best Basic Research Paper Award in 2003, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, for the paper: Antonopoulos, C. P. and Triantafillou, T. C. (2003).  “Experimental Investigation of FRP-Strengthened RC Beam-Column Joints”, 7(1), 39-49.
    4. Honorable Mention Applied Research Paper Award in 2002, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, for the paper (names in alphabetical order): Bakis, C. E., Bank, L. C., Brown, V. L., Cosenza, E., Davalos, J. Lesko, J. J., Machida, A., Rizkalla, S. H., and Triantafillou, T. C. (2002).  “Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Construction – State-of-the-Art Review”, 6(2), 73-87.
    5. Best Research Paper Award in 1997, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, for the paper: Triantafillou, T. C. (1997).  “Shear Reinforcement of Wood Using FRP Materials”, 9(2), 65-69.
    6. Fulbright Senior Research Award, 1996.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Civil Engineering, PhD, Multiaxial Failure Criteria for Cellular materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Award Date: Jun 5 1989

    Civil Engineering, MSc, Failure Mode Maps and Minimum Weight Design for Structural Sandwich Beams with Rigid Foam Cores, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Award Date: Feb 18 1987

    Civil Engineering, Diploma, University of Patras

    Award Date: Sep 12 1985

    External positions

    Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Patras


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