Koliou Research Group

Maria Koliou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University


Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering , University at Buffalo - The State University of New York (2014)
  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering , University at Buffalo - The State University of New York (2010)
  • Diploma, M.Eng., Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece (2008)

Academic Appointments, Work Experience and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University (2017-Present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Community Resilience Collaborative – Texas Sea Grant (2017-Present)
  • Research Engineer Consultant, FPInnovations, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2017-Present)
  • Research Engineer Consultant, Haselton Baker Risk Group, Chico, CA (2017-Present)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center of Excellence for Risk-based Community Resilience Planning, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University (2015-2017)
  • Research Engineer Consultant, Applied Technology Council, Redwood City, CA (2014-2016)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, University at Buffalo - The State University of New York (2014-2015)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering- EUCENTRE (2013)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, University at Buffalo - The State University of New York (2013)
  • Research Engineer Consultant, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC (2012-2014)
  • Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, University at Buffalo - The State University of New York (2009-2014)

Research Interests

  • Structural Reliability and Community Resilience
  • Loss-Estimation Analysis for Buildings and Non-structural Components
  • Performance-Based Design and Multi-Hazard Design
  • Collapse Assessment of Structural Systems
  • Development of Innovative and Sustainable Structural Systems for Seismic Applications
  • Seismic Analysis and Design of Non-building Structures and Non-structural Components
  • Experimental Methods in Structural and Earthquake Engineering
  • Passive supplemental damping systems and Seismic Isolation
  • Seismic Performance of Electrical Substation Equipment
  • Application of Advanced/Smart Materials in Structural Engineering

Awards and Honors

  • Registration Grant/Award, 11th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (June 25-29 2018), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Pankow Foundation
  • Travel Grant/Award, 2018 NSF’s NHERI Summer Institute (June 3-6 2018)
  • Travel Grant/Award, 2018 Engineering Mechanics Institute (May 29-June 1 2018), funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 2018 Structural Engineering Institute's (SEI) Young Professional Scholarship, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Travel Grant/Award, 1st Annual NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Earthquake Research Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, Funds by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (2017)
  • Nominated for 2017 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize Award , Nominated for paper entitled “Distributed Yielding Concept for Improved Seismic Collapse Performance of Rigid Wall-Flexible Diaphragm Buildings” co-authored with A. Filiatrault, D.J. Kelly and J. Lawson published in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering
  • MIT’s Rising Stars Workshop for Early Career Women in Academia, October 14-16, 2015, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (one of twenty selected participants out of 122 applicants)
  • Best of the Best Poster Award, 2015 SEI Congress, Structural Engineering Institute, Portland, OR (2015)
  • 2014 Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Award, The US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation (USA) and The Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation (China) (2014)
  • Travel Award, 10th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, FEMA, USGS, the Pankow Foundation and EERI (2014)
  • 1st Place Award, 2014 CSEE Graduate Student Poster Competition, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (2014)
  • New York State/Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) Professional Development Award, University at Buffalo, GSEU, Professional Development Awards Committee (2013)
  • Irving H. Shames Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (2013)
  • Travel Award, 2012 Annual EERI Meeting & National Earthquake Conference, Memphis (April 10-13, 2012), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and Federal Emergency Management Agency (2012)
  • CSEE Chair’s Graduate Recognition Award, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (2011)
  • Fellowship, Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (2010-2011)
  • 1st Place Award, 2010 CSEE Graduate Student Poster Competition, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (2010)

Professional Service

Technical Committee Work

  • Corresponding member of NEHRP Provisions Update Committee - Issue Team 9 (2016-Present)
  • Member of a Working Group of the NIST-funded ATC-114 projectDevelopment of Accurate Models and Efficient Simulation Capabilities for Collapse Analysis to Support Implementation of Performance Based Seismic Engineering” (2016)
  • Member of a Working Group of the FEMA-funded ATC-116 projectSolutions to the Issue of Short Period Building Performance” (2014-2015)
  • Member of a Working Group of the FEMA-funded project to the National Institute of Building ScienceDevelopment of Independent Design Provisions for Rigid-Wall/Flexible-Diaphragm Buildings” (2012-2014)

Professional Committee Work

  • EERI Younger Member Committee: Co-chair (2017-Present), Member (2015-Present)
  • ASCE Social Science, Policy, Economics, Education Decision (SPEED) Committee: Member (2017-Present)
  • ASCE Disaster Response and Recovery Committee: Member (2017-Present)
  • EMI Objective Resilience Committee: Member (2016-Present)
  • SEI Performance-Based Design for Structures Committee: Member (2016-Present)
  • SEI Disaster Resilience of Structures, Infrastructure & Communities Committee: Member (2015-Present)
  • SEI TAD Design of Wood Structures Committee: Member (2015-Present)

Referee Work - Engineering Journals

  • Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE
  • Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE
  • Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure, Taylor Francis
  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics-An International Journal, Technopress
  • Earthquake Spectra, EERI
  • Engineering Structures, Elsevier
  • Journal of Wood Science, Springer
  • Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Taylor Francis
  • Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Springer

Conference/Session Organization

  • Organizer & Moderator of Special Session ("Recent Advancements in Community Resilience Assessment"), 2018 ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, Fort Worth, TX
  • Moderator of Special Session ("Seismic Behavior of Building Systems and Components"), 3rd Huixian Forum on Earthquake Engineering for Young Researchers (2017), Urbana, IL
  • Organizer & Moderator of Special Session ("Risk-Informed Decision Making for Assessing Community Resilience"), 2017 ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement, Duluth, MN
  • Member of Organization Committee, Student Symposium at Quake Summit 2012, NEES Annual Meeting
  • Member of Organization Committee, Student Symposium at Quake Summit 2011, NEES & MCEER Annual Meeting

Leadership

  • Member of Executive Committee (2015-2017) - Student and Post-Doc Leadership Council (SLC) of NIST funded Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning
  • Member, as representative of the UB-EERI Student Chapter (2011-2014), Treasurer (2012-2013) - Student Leadership Council (SLC) of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Member (2009-2014), Past President (2013-2014), President (2012-2013), Treasurer (2011-2012) - Student Chapter of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) at the University at Buffalo (UB-EERI Student Chapter)
  • Member (2009-2014), President (2010-2011), Alternate Senator (2009-2010) - Graduate Student Association of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE-GSA), University at Buffalo
  • Member (2009- 2014), President (2009-2010), Treasurer (2010-2011), Secretary (2012-2013) - Hellenic Graduate Student Association (HGSA), University at Buffalo