Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world.
The Institute for Geotechnical Engineering (IGT) strives for excellence in geotechnical modelling of the ground, including delivery of deformation and failure mechanisms related to underground structures, geotechnical natural hazards, soil – structure interaction and transportation-geotechnics problems as well as clay mineralogy. The Geotechnical Group is one of the three Chairs of IGT and is directed by Professor Ioannis Anastasopoulos. The main research interests of the Chair of Geotechnical Engineering are related to natural hazards, soil-structure interaction, geotechnical earthquake engineering, slope stability, soft soils, dams, and permafrost. The facilities and the expertise of the Chair of Geotechnical Engineering can steer research and innovation regarding the challenges of European critical infrastructure. In particular, the facilities of ETH Zurich can be used for innovative experiments related to the transportation, water, and energy sectors.
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Prof. Dr. Ioannis Anastasopoulos
Anastasopoulos has been Full Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich since 2016. He specializes in geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil–structure interaction, combining numerical with experimental methods. His academic degrees include a PhD from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), an MSc from Purdue University, and a Civil Engineering Diploma from NTUA.
His research interests include resilient seismic design and preparedness, innovative seismic hazard mitigation techniques, sustainable retrofit of bridge foundations, improved methods for sustainable geotechnical construction, faulting and its effects on infrastructure, site effects and slope stabilization, foundations for renewable energy, tsunamis and their effects on coastal infrastructure, scouring of bridge foundations, soil liquefaction and structure–soil–structure interaction.
He has been involved as a consultant in a variety of projects of significance in Europe, but also in the US and the Middle East. His consulting work ranges from the design of pile-rafts of tall buildings/towers, special seismic design for new and retrofit of existing bridges, retaining walls, metro stations and tunnels, to harbour quay walls, and special design against faulting–induced deformation. He is National Delegate-Expert for Switzerland for the 2nd generation of Eurocode 7 and member of the SIA 267 Commission on Geotechnical Design.
Evangelia obtained her Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2011. After acquiring professional experience in the industry, working on seismic qualification of power plant equipment for SIEMENS AG, Eva received her MSc in Civil Engineering from NTUA in 2015. In 2020 Eva completed her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Her research focused on centrifuge physical modelling for seismically induced soil liquefaction and soil structure interaction under liquefied conditions. She currently works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Chair of Geotechnical Engineering in the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich), with the support of the ETH Post-Doctoral Fellowship program. Her research focuses on numerical and experimental investigation of structure-soil-structure interaction under liquefied conditions, for clusters of buildings.