Short Bio

Dr. Sideris is an Assistant Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. He moved from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and also served as the Director of the Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. Dr. Sideris received his Master's (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo - SUNY. He also holds a diploma in Civil Engineering (2005) from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to joining the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Sideris was appointed as Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at the University at Buffalo - SUNY (September 2012 - May 2013). During his academic studies, he received several awards including the 2014 Outstanding Reviewer award for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, the  2010 Paul J. Koessler Memorial Scholarship Award by the Peace Bridge Authority and the ASCE Buffalo Section, and the 2010 Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Award by the US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation (U.S.A.) and the Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation (China).

Dr. Sideris' research interests include the fields of performance-based engineering against seismic and other hazards, structural mechanics, dynamics and control, experimental methods, nonlinear structural analysis, numerical methods and software development. His current research primarily focuses on four thrust areas: 

  • Development of seismic-resistant low-damage bridge systems for accelerated construction: As part of this research, Prof. Sideris is developing innovative Hybrid Sliding-Rocking Bridges that combine seismic resilience and construction rapidity. This research is currently being funded by an NSF grant recently received in collaboration with Prof. A. Liel.
  • Advance Materials in Structural Engineering Applications: As part of this research, Prof. Sideris is developing damage-resistant bridge columns incorporating polyurethane flexural joints at their ends. 
  • Nonlinear Modeling and Analysis of Softening Systems: As part of this research, Prof. Sideris is developing flexibility-based frame element formulations on the basis of gradient and nonlocal mechanics. He is also developing path-following algorithm for the analysis of softening structures under quasi-static loads. 
  • Design of Structures for Energy Harvesting and Vibration Mitigation: As part of this research, Prof. Sideris is developing structural designs incorporating energy harvesters, instead of viscous dampers.  to mitigate the effect of wind and earthquake loads. 
Dr. Sideris' research studies includes large-scale shake table and quasi-static testing, analytical and computational studies, and design methodologies.  He has also conducted studies on tensile cyclic testing and numerical modeling of unbonded monostrands with their anchorage hardware, shake table testing and numerical modeling of steel storage racks, and development of friction and rigid body dynamics models and software.

Dr. Sideris has taught courses on Experimental Methods, Structural Dynamics, Reinforced Concrete Design, Statics, Mechanics of Solids, Applied Mathematics and Numerical Methods.

Dr. Sideris is an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and serves in the ASCE/SEI Seismic Effects Committee and the ASCE/EMI Computational Mechanics Committee. He also serves as a reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of Bridge Engineering, and Journal of Engineering Mechanics. Prof. Sideris is also a Young Affiliate Member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, and serves as a member of the TRB's AFF-50 Standing Committee on Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges.

See also Award and Honors