Koliou Research Group

News 2024

April 2024: Dr. Koliou participated at the UNESCO Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona, Spain and shared her contributions to coastal resilience research, career paths and projects under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Coastlines and People Program, an endorsed Ocean Decade Action.  

The session recording can be reached here


April 2024: Dr. Koliou was invited at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTech) where she presented a seminar to graduate students and faculty on "Community-level Simulations via Digital Twins and Agent-Based Models for Decision-making Support "


February 2024: Dr. Koliou was nominated and selected to present the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Lecture by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and also present the Awards to the graduate students and post-doc recipients. 

News 2023

September 2023: Dr. Koliou has been selected as one of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation (KADF) Ocean Decade Champions

September 2023: Dr. Koliou has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the Zachry Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University.

May 2023: Graduate students Negar Mohammadgholibeyki and Yong Yoo graduated with their PhD degrees during the May 2023 Commencement ceremony!


 Congratulations Negar & Yong! 


  Dr. Yoo & Dr. Koliou 

Dr. Mohammadgholibeyki & Dr. Koliou 

March 2023: PhD Student Yong Yoo successfully defended his PhD Dissertation on "Mitigation strategies for Timber Structures Prone to Wind and Flood related Hazards"! Congratulations Yong! 

Yong is the 3rd PhD graduate of our group! 

February 2023: PhD Student Negar Mohammadgholibeyki successfully defended her PhD Dissertation on "Evaluating post-earthquake functional recovery of critical buildings accounting for lifelines’ restoration"! Congratulations Negar! 

Negar is the 2nd PhD graduate of our group! 

February 2023: Post Doctoral Fellow Dr. Xu Han joined our research group to work on Functional Recovery of Communities under multiple hazards. Welcome Xu!

January 2023: PhD Students Abul Hasnat and Yosef Gebreyesus joined our research group to work on Dr. Koliou's CAREER project related to the response of wood aging infrastructure. Welcome Abul and Yosef!

News 2022

December 2022: Post Doctoral Fellow Dr. Mohammad Syed joined our research group to work on Life-Cycle Assessment of 3D printed hempcrete structures. Welcome Mohammad!

September 2022: PhD Student Abdullah Braik joined our research group to work on Digital Twins for coastal resilience. Welcome Abdullah!

June 2022: Dr. Koliou is part of the team that has been awarded a project on "Hempcrete 3D Printed Buildings for Sustainability and Resilience" by the Department of Energy ARPA-E program. Project PIs are: Dr. Petros Sideris (lead PI), Dr. Anand Puppala (co-PI), Dr. Zachary Grasley (co-PI), Dr. Maria Koliou (co-PI), Dr. Manish Dixit (co-PI) and Dr. Wei Yan (co-PI). 

This is a $3.74 million project to create resilient building designs using a new green material called hempcrete that can lower the environmental impact of traditional construction.  

Check out the press release by Texas A&M University.  

March 2022: The team of principal investigators for our NSF-funded Coastlines and People Research Hub received the Engineering Genesis Award by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Congrats to our team! 

February 2022: : Dr. Koliou was awarded the NSF CAREER award on  CAREER: An Integrated Experimental and Numerical Vulnerability Assessment of Aging Housing Infrastructure and Communities. Click here for the NSF project description. 

News 2021

December 2021: Dr. Koliou received the 2021 Research Impact Award by the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

October 2021: Dr. Koliou is now serving as the Chair of the ASCE Design of Wood Structures Committee and Wood Education Committee

September 28, 2021: Mohammad Aghababaei successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation on "Quantitative Models and Framework for Evaluating Community Resilience Accounting for Its Interdependent Systems".  Congratulations Mohammad!

August 17, 2021: Benjamin Hayes successfully defended his Master's Thesis on "EXPERIMENTAL AND ANALYTICAL ASSESSMENT OF INTERNAL AND PANEL-TO-FLOOR CONNECTORS FOR CROSS LAMINATED TIMBER (CLT) BALLOON-STYLE CONSTRUCTION".  Congratulations Ben!

August 15, 2021: Dr. Koliou with a team of faculty: Dr. Petros Sideris (Texas A&M), Dr. Anand Puppala (Texas A&M), Dr. James Kaihatu (Texas A&M), Dr. Siyu Yu (Texas A&M), Dr. Michelle Meyer (Texas A&M), Dr. Jayur Mehta (FSU), Dr. Stuart Nolan (LSU), Dr. Haizhong Wang (OSU) and Dr. Andres Gonzalez (OU) have been awarded  an NSF Coastline and People Research Hub on "Fundamental research to inform holistic decision-making for historically underrepresented communities impacted by coastal hazards ". This is a nearly $4.2 million project with 5 participating institutions and researchers from multiple disciplines that Dr. Koliou is leading.  Check out the press release by NSF  and Texas A&M University

May 19, 2021: Mohammad Aghababaei, PhD student in our group won the first place at EMI's Objective Resilience Committee student paper competition.  Congratulations Mohammad!

Archived News - 2020

June 10, 2020: Mohammad Aghababaei, PhD student in our group, received the  2020 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship by ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute. ASCE's Press release and Texas A&M article refer to Mohammad's achievement.  Congratulations Mohammad!

May 28, 2020: Ehsan Jalilifar, PhD student in our group, received the  Shibata International Memorial Scholarship (Fall 2019), International Education Fee Scholarship  (Spring & Summer 2020),  and the International TX Public Education Grant  (Summer 2020) through the Texas A&M's University Scholarship Program for his excellent GPA and continuing academic achievement. Congratulations Ehsan!

February 1, 2020: The NIST-funded Center of Excellence for Risk Based Community Resilience Planning headquartered at Colorado State Univesity has been renewed for five more years (2020-2025) through a $20 million cooperative agreement. 

Dr. Koliou serves as co-PI in the Center. The press release by NIST can be found here

February 1, 2020: Dr. Koliou was awarded a  $300,000 project on  Safety of Slab Home Elevations in Harvey-Affected Communities: Research, Education, Training and Outreach   by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Texas Sea Grant . Dr. Yazdani (University of Texas - Arlington ) is the PI and Dr. Koliou serves as co-PI in the project.

Archived News - 2019

September 20, 2019: Dr. Koliou was awarded a  $400,000 project on  Cooperative Research to Enable Mass Timber in Multi-Family Housing   by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Dr. van de Lindt (Colorado State University) is the PI and Dr. Koliou serves as co-PI.

August 8, 2019: Dr. Koliou was awarded a  $365,562 project on  Designing for and Assessing Functional Recovery in Seismic Retrofit of Existing Concrete Buildings: A Framework  by the National  Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Liel (University of Colorado-Boulder) is the PI and Dr. Koliou serves as co-PI. The press release by NIST for the awarded projects can be found here

June 19, 2019: PhD student Mohammad Aghababaei presented his work on "Quantifying post disaster business recovery through Bayesian methods" at the 2019 Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference at Caltech

June 10, 2019: Andrew Brennan successfully defended his Master's Thesis on "Risk-Based Performance Assessment of a Seismic Retrofit Technique for Medium- and High-Voltage Transformer Bushing Systems".  Congratulations Andrew!

Andrew is the first graduate of our group!

June 10, 2019: Mohammad Aghababaei and Ehsan Jalilifar, PhD students in our group, received a Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Excellence Fellowship for their excellent GPA and continuing academic achievement. Congratulations Mohammad and Ehsan!

April 9, 2019: Dr. Koliou was awarded an EAGER: DREAM-B: Collaborative Research: Moldable and Wave Tunable Materials for Complex Freeform Structures  project by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a multi-institution project led by Texas A&M University. Dr. Muliana (TAMU Mechanical Engineering) is the lead PI and Dr. Koliou serves as co-PI.  D


June 10, 2019: Andrew Brennan successfully defended his Master's Thesis on "Risk-Based Performance Assessment of a Seismic Retrofit Technique for Medium- and High-Voltage Transformer Bushing Systems".  Congratulations Andrew!

Andrew is the first graduate of our group!r. Kalantar (California College of the Arts) and Dr. Gonella (University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering) also serve as PIs in this project. 

March, 2019: Dr. Koliou has been selected as an ASCE ExCEEd Fellow  to attend the 2019 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in June 2-9, 2019. 

February 7-8 , 2019: Dr. Koliou and PhD student M. Aghababaei participated in the 2nd NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Research Collaboration Meeting took place at E-Defense.  Dr. Koliou gave a presentation on the overall collaboration with the Japanese colleagues and progress of the NSF project on  "RAPID/Collaborative Research: Japan-U.S. Collaboration on the Seismic Resilience of Wood-frame Building Systems ".

February 7-8 , 2019: Dr. Koliou and PhD student M. Aghababaei participated in the 2nd NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Research Collaboration Meeting took place at E-Defense.  Dr. Koliou gave a presentation on the overall collaboration with the Japanese colleagues and progress of the NSF project on  "RAPID/Collaborative Research: Japan-U.S. Collaboration on the Seismic Resilience of Wood-frame Building Systems ".

January - February , 2019: Dr. Koliou led a team as part of the NSF-funded project on "RAPID/Collaborative Research: Japan-U.S. Collaboration on the Seismic Resilience of Wood-frame Building Systems " at E-Defense Japan, where they participated in shake table tests of two 3-story wood residential building under extreme ground shaking. Updates, photos and videos of the team and tests were posted on various tweets below. 


Archived News - 2018

December 14 , 2018: Dr. Koliou was awarded a $36,793 project from Texas A&M University's Presidential Excellence Funds for Triads in Transformation. The funded project focuses  on "Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis For Sustainability & Resilience of Buildings Subjected to Earthquake & Wind". Dr. Sideris (TAMU Civil Engineering) and Dr. Yan (TAMU Architecture) serve as co-PIs for this project. 

October 5 , 2018: Journal paper by PhD student Mohammad Aghababaei on "Performance Assessment of Building Infrastructure Impacted by the 2017 Hurricane Harvey in the Port Aransas Region" has been selected  as the Editor's Choice

September -October , 2018: As part of her EERI outreach effort, Dr. Koliou gave two talks: One at the University of Texas Austin and one at Rice University promoting EERI activities and discussing research on challenges and advancements on community resilience.

September 1 , 2018: Two new PhD students, Ehsan Jalilifar and Negar Mohammadgholibeyki joined Dr. Koliou's research group. Welcome Ehsan and Negar! 

August 16, 2018: Dr. Koliou's paper "State of the research in community resilience: progress and challenges" is now in the most read papers  in the Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Journal (see here).

August 1, 2018: Dr. Koliou (Principal Investigator - PI) and Dr. Paal (co-PI) were awarded a grant of $80,463 from the National Association of Home Builders  (NAHB)  focusing on "Damage Assessment of Residential Infrastructure Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma ".  

July 7, 2018: Dr. Koliou's paper "Nonlinear Modeling of Wood-Frame Shear Wall Systems for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering: Recommendations for the ASCE 41 Standard " co-authored with Dr. J.W. van de Lindt and R.O. Hamburger is now in the most read papers of this month in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering (see here).

June 25-29, 2018: Dr. Koliou attended the 11th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering where she presented her work on "Nonlinear Modeling of Wood Frame Shear Walls for Performance Based Earthquake Engineering ". 

Dr. Koliou also lead the organization of the Meet the EERI Leaders Event for young professionals during the conference.

Photo: Dr. Koliou kicking off the Meet the Leaders Event as co-chair of the EERI's Younger Member Committee. 

May 29-June 1, 2018: Dr. Koliou's group had two presentations at the 2018 Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference that took place at MIT. Mohammad Aghababaei (PhD student) gave a presentation on his work on "Damage Assessment of Buildings in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey " and Dr. Koliou gave a presentation on "Updates to the ASCE 41 Standard for Nonlinear Modeling of Light-Frame Wood Walls for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering ". 

May 11, 2018: Dr. Koliou was awarded a grant of $199,999 ($187,000 TAMU's share) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (see announcement here) for the collaborative proposal that she is leading entitled"RAPID/Collaborative Research: Japan-U.S. Collaboration on the Seismic Resilience of Wood-frame Building Systems ".  Dr. Koliou serves as the lead PI for the project with  Dr. Dashti (CU Boulder), Dr. Ryan (Univ. of Nevada - Reno) and Dr. Pantelides (Univ. of Utah) serving as co-PIs. 

April 25, 2018: Dr. Koliou has been awarded an AggiE_Challenge project on "Understanding Performance and Enhancing Resilience of Coastal Communities Impacted by Hurricanes". AggiE_Challenge is designed to engage engineering undergraduate students with multidisciplinary team research projects related to engineering challenges facing our society and focusing on the Grand Challenges per the National Academy of Engineering. 

See project/course flyer here

April  23, 2018: Dr. Koliou's paper entitled "Performance Assessment of Building Infrastructure Impacted by the 2017 Hurricane Harvey in the Port Aransas Region" and co-authored with  M. Aghababaei and S.G. Paal has been accepted for publication by the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities

April 19-21, 2018: Dr. Koliou attended the 2018 ASCE's Structures Congress where she received the Structural Engineering Institute's (SEI) Young Professional Scholarship, gave two research presentations and co-organized and co-moderated a technical session on "Recent Advancements of Community Resilience Assessment". 

April 13, 2018: Dr. Koliou received an NSF-supported travel grant to attend the 2018 Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference and present her research work. 

March 9, 2018: Dr. Koliou was featured by by ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) for #WomensHistoryMonth . Click here to see the post. 

January 18, 2018: Dr. Koliou has been awarded the Structural Engineering Institute's (SEI) Young Professional Scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Click here for the official announcement. 

January 10, 2018: Dr. Koliou was awarded a RAPID grant by the DOC-NOAA / Texas Sea Grant program a project focusing on "Long-term recovery assessment of infrastructure systems and communities following Hurricane Harvey: Case study for the city of Port Aransas ". Dr. Koliou serves as the PI for this project. 

January 8, 2018: Dr. Koliou's paper entitled "State of the research in community resilience: progress and challenges" and co-authored with  J.W. van de Lindt, T. P. McAllister, B.R. Ellingwood, M. Dillard and H. Cutler has been accepted for publication by the Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Journal. Click here to access the article. 

Archived News - 2017

December 19, 2017: Dr. Koliou was awarded a $10,000 Seed Grant through the PESCA - Texas A&M University's program a project to understand the performance and enhance resilience of coastal housing communities

November 14, 2017: Dr. Koliou participated and presented in a webinar organized by  Haselton Baker Risk Group, LLC on the conducted work on SP3 Building-Specific Risk Assessment for Tilt-Up Buildings. Click here to watch the webinar. 

November 6, 2017: Dr. Koliou was interviewed by The Battalion to talk about her research on wind-related resilience assessment studies. Click here for the full article. 

October 31-November 1, 2017: Dr. Koliou attended the 1st Annual NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Earthquake Research Meeting, which took place at the Kobori Research Complex Inc. in Akasaka, Tokyo. US/Japan collaboration opportunities on earthquake engineering research were identified during the meeting.

October 10, 2017: Mr. Andrew Brennan joins Dr. Koliou's group as an MS student. Andrew's research will focus on performance-based assessment of seismic retrofit techniques for high-voltage transformer bushing systems . Welcome Andrew!

September 9-13, 2017: Dr. Koliou attended the ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement (ASCE-CTA), which took place in Duluth, MN. Dr. Koliou co-organized and co-moderated a session on "Risk-Informed Decision Making for Assessing Community Resilience", where she also gave a presentation entitled "Quantifying Post-Disaster Functionality of the Building Infrastructure". 

August 22, 2017: Mr. Mohamad Aghababaei joins Dr. Koliou's group as a PhD student. Mohamad's research will focus on multi-hazard performance-based engineering in the context of system functionality and community resilience. Welcome Mohamad!

August 21, 2017: Dr. Koliou will be co-organizing and moderating a technical session with Prof. G.P. Cimellaro (Politecnico di Torino) at the upcoming ASCE/SEI Structures Congress on "Recent Advancements in Community Resilience Assessment".

August 11-12, 2017: Dr. Koliou attended the 3rd Huixian Forum on Earthquake Engineering for Young Researchers (3HIFEE), which took place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Koliou gave a presentation entitled "From Performance-Based Engineering to Community Resilience: Buildings under Extreme Ground Shaking". 

August 2017: Dr. Koliou joined the Zachry Dept. of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor!

April 20, 2017: Dr. Koliou's paper co-authored with A. Filiatrault  on the "Development of Wood and Steel Diaphragm Hysteretic Connector Database for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering" has been accepted for publication by the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

April 11, 2017: Dr. Koliou will be co-organizing and moderating a technical session with Prof. J. van de Lindt (CSU) at the upcoming ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement on "Risk-Informed Decision Making for Assessing Community Resilience".

February 21, 2017: Dr. Koliou was elected to serve as a co-chair for the EERI's Younger Member Committee for a two year term.

February 1, 2017: Dr. Koliou's paper entitled "Performance Assessment of Tilt-up Big-Box Buildings subjected to Extreme Hazards: Tornadoes and Earthquakes" and co-authored with H. Masoomi and J.W. van de Lindt has been accepted for publication by the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.

Jan. 9-13, 2017: Dr. Koliou attended the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16WCEE) in Santiago, Chile and gave two presentations. The first presentation included work conducted at the NIST-funded Center of Excellence and was entitled "Fragility Assessment of Buildings with Rigid Walls/Flexible Roof Diaphragms subjected to Earthquake and Tornado". Dr. Koliou also presented work of her Ph.D. dissertation  on the "Roof Diaphragm Distributed Yielding Concept for Improved Seismic Collapse Performance of Buildings with Rigid Walls/Flexible Roof Diaphragms". 

Archived News - 2016

Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2016: Dr. Koliou was a member of an inter-disciplinary field study consisted by a team of engineers, economists and sociologists assessing the community recovery of the city of Lumberton, NC following the hurricane Matthew. Check out here the article on the field trip!

October 24-25, 2016: Prof.  Quanwang Li from  Tsinghua University visited the NIST- COE at Colorado State University.

October 21, 2016: Dr. Koliou gave an invited presentation at Colorado School of Mines entitled "From Performance-Based Engineering to Community Resilience: Building Infrastructure under Extreme Hazards".

September 19-22, 2016: Dr. Koliou attended the 1st International Workshop on Resilience in Turin, Italy and gave a presentation on the "Functionality fragility assessment in the context of community resilience".

August 31, 2016: Dr. Koliou's paper entitled "Evaluation of Out-of-Plane Wall Anchorage Force Provisions in Buildings with Rigid Walls and Flexible Roof Diaphragms" has been accepted for publication by the Earthquake Spectra Journal.

August 23, 2016: Dr. Koliou's paper entitled "Evaluation of an Alternative Seismic Design Approach for Rigid Wall Flexible Wood Roof Diaphragm Buildings through Probabilistic Loss Estimation and Disaggregation " has been accepted for publication by the Engineering Structures Journal.

April 14, 2016: Dr. Koliou's paper entitled "Assessing Modeling Complexities on the Seismic Performance of a Short Period Instrumented Hospital" has been accepted by the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. 

February 14-17, 2016: Dr. Koliou attended the 2016 Geotechnical and Structural Congress in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Koliou presented about the NIST Community Resilience Center of Excellence at the SEI Technical committee on the "Disaster Resilience of Structures, Infrastructures and Communities".  Dr. Koliou also presented her work on the "Distributed Yielding Concept for Improved Seismic Collapse Performance of Buildings with Rigid Walls and Flexible Roof Diaphragms". 

Archived News - 2015

December 10-12, 2015: Dr. Koliou attended the 2nd ATC-SEI Conference on Improve the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures and presented a poster entitled "Improved Seismic Response of Buildings with Rigid Walls and Flexible Wood Roof Diaphragms through a New Seismic Design Approach Based on Distributed Diaphragm Yielding".

October 15-16, 2015: Dr. Koliou was selected and participated in MIT's inaugural CEE Rising Stars workshop.

August 25, 2015: Dr. Koliou's papers entitled "Buildings with Rigid Walls and Flexible Roof Diaphragms I: Evaluation of Current United States Seismic Provisions" and "Buildings with Rigid Walls and Flexible Roof Diaphragms II: Evaluation of a New Seismic Design Approach Based on Distributed Diaphragm Yielding" have been accepted by the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 

August 17, 2015: Dr. Koliou started her new appointment as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning based at Colorado State University.

July 2, 2015: Dr. Koliou's paper entitled "Distributed Yielding Concept for Improved Seismic Collapse Performance of Rigid Wall-Flexible Diaphragm Buildings" has been accepted by the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. Check out the paper here.  

June 2015: Dr. Koliou's work on the Seismic Design of Rigid Wall-Flexible Diaphragm Buildings has been included in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions - Part 3, which has been published as a FEMA P1050-2 document entitled: "NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures". Check out the FEMA document here

April 25, 2015: Dr. Koliou's poster at the the 2015 Structures Congress in Portland was voted as the Best of the Best Poster. The poster was entitled "Evaluation of Wall Anchorage Force Provisions in Rigid Wall - Flexible Diaphragm Buildings".

March 2015: The FEMA P1026 document entitled "Seismic Design of Rigid Wall-Flexible Diaphragm Buildings: An Alternate Procedure" is available online. Dr. Koliou is a contributing author for this document, which describes her work on the Seismic Design of Rigid Wall-Flexible Diaphragm Buildings. Check out the FEMA document here