Antonios Alvertos

GROUP SCIENCE

Background

Antonios was born in Athens, Greece in 1993 and graduated from the School of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in July 2017, where he defended his undergraduate thesis in the field of Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction and Soil Dynamics under the supervision of Prof. G. Gazetas. An avid supporter of the sane utilization of technology for the benefit of society, he perceived graduate studies in the U.S. as a natural consequence in his academic pathway. He attended the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering emphasis, at the University of Texas at Austin from August 2017 to May 2019 with a full-funded Scholarship. He worked on his graduate thesis in the field of Geoenvironmental Engineering and Deep Soil Mixing, and in particular, he studied, on a lab and pilot scale, novel in-situ remediation techniques for PFAS-contaminated sites under the supervision of Prof. C. S. El Mohtar. He has received more than seven prestigious awards in Greece and the U.S. and is an active member of the Geo-Institute of ASCE Committee on Continuing Education. Earlier in his career, he interned with ERGOSE S.A., the Railway Projects Planning & Management company of Greece. His research interests are in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Soil Dynamics, and Geoenvironmental Engineering. His overarching research and professional goal is to suitably engineer properties of the soil-foundation-structure system, as a whole, for a resilient response to adverse and unforeseen loading conditions under multiple geohazards.

Antonios perceived his participation in the ITN European Training Network INSPIRE as a great opportunity for his everlasting aspirations regarding the deliverance of resilient and sustainable infrastructure to see daylight. The inherently diverse and most challenging nature of a project, that essentially aims to extrapolate metamaterials concepts mostly occurring in electromagnetic applications (nanometers) to the structure-, or even mega-structure scale (hundreds of meters) perfectly aligned with his so-far developed research profile. In his undergrad thesis, Antonios studied numerically the role of the vertical ground excitation in the response of residential structures founded on surface footings. The inspiration for looking at this effect primarily came from the characteristics of ground motions stemming from the induced seismicity potential in energy technologies, which is a relatively new geohazard. For very intense seismic ground motions, this work demonstrated the protection of the superstructure from the vertical earthquake component for the case of under-designed footings, in accordance with the “rocking isolation” paradigm (as opposed to the conventional design approach for surface footings), which work as a very efficient energy dissipation mechanism. The conceptualization and testing of such seismic protection mechanisms eventually gave Antonios the necessary motivation to delve in the promising negative stiffness damping notion in ground-induced hazards, and explore methods to implement it in a cost-effective manner in real-life scenarios.

In his free time, Antonios loves travelling and exploring new places, cultures, people. He plays the guitar, and is always open for a fun gig (anything harder than Blues-Rock is welcome!). He studies Cosmology and Astrophysics, because he finds it hard to not spend some qualitative time in this field, when we do know, that what we know, comprises at most 4% of the Observable Universe. Finally, his motto is “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”, or “Stay Positive!”.