Maria was born in Crete, Greece in 1989. She graduated from the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), where she defended her thesis in the field of Soil-Structure Interaction and Earthquake Engineering. She received her Master’s degree with distinction from the University of Dundee, UK in the field of Geotechnical Engineering, with a specialization in Offshore Geotechnics. Following her MSc studies, Maria worked with Grid Engineers (Greece) in several research & technical projects with an emphasis in soil dynamics and earthquake engineering. In 2017, she started working as a graduate researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland on Offshore Geotechnics, while she has also collaborated with the University of Leeds, UK on EU funded research regarding the seismic response of tunnel structures. She was actively involved in the organization of the 1st and 2nd International Conferences on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure held in Chania, Greece in 2016 & 2019.
As the world strives to reduce the impact of natural hazards to critical infrastructure, Maria sees her participation in INSPIRE as a great opportunity to produce high quality applied research and gain hands-on experience on the implementation of novel concepts for the efficient protection of infrastructure against earthquakes.
Maria loves travelling & live concerts. Well-spent days by the sea make her happy.