Koliou Research Group

Research Statement:

Dr. Koliou's research interests span the fields of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, and multi-hazard performance-based design for system functionality and community resilience. Through these areas, Dr. Koliou's research group focuses on developing sustainable structural systems and hazard-resistant communities accounting for economic and social aspects. The research philosophy involves analytical, computational and experimental investigations for the understanding of the response properties of complex structural systems and investigations of economic and social impacts of the performance of those systems under various hazards. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the well-being of communities by developing novel resilient structural designs and systems against various natural and man-made hazards, and formulating fundamental mathematical frameworks to assess system functionality and community resilience under multiple hazards.

Research Areas:

Nonlinear Modeling for Collapse Assessment of Wood-Frame Structures

Funded Research Projects:

Develop Risk-based Multi-objective Cross-asset Budget Planning and Allocation Framework for the City of Sugar Land Integrated Asset Management System (IAMS)

PI: I. Damnjanovic (Texas A&M University); co-PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University)

Sponsor: City of Sugar Land, TX

Project Period: 11/1/2019 – 4/30/2021

Cooperative Research to Enable Mass Timber in Multi-Family Housing

PI: J.W. van de Lindt (Colorado State University); co-PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University)

Sponsor: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Project Period: 9/20/2019 – 9/20/2021

Designing for and Assessing Functional Recovery in Seismic Retrofit of Existing Concrete Buildings: A Framework

PI: A. B. Liel (University of Colorado - Boulder); co-PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University)

Sponsor: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Project Period: 8/1/2019 – 7/31/2022

EAGER: DREAM-B: Collaborative Research: Moldable and Wave Tunable Materials for Complex Freeform Structures

Lead Institution: Texas A&M University; Lead PI: H. Muliana; co-PI: M. Koliou;

PIs: Stefano Gonella (University of Minnesota), N. Kalantar (California College of the Arts)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Period: 6/1/2019 – 5/31/2021

Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis For Sustainability & Resilience of Buildings Subjected to Earthquake & Wind

PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University - Civil Engineering); co-PIs: P. Sideris (Texas A&M University - Civil Engineering), W. Yan (Texas A&M University - Architecture)

Sponsor: Texas A&M President's Excellence fund for Triads in Transformation (T3)

Project Period: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2020

RAPID/Collaborative Research: Japan-U.S. Collaboration on the Seismic Resilience of Wood-frame Building Systems

Lead PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University); PI: C. Pantelides (Univ. of Utah); co-PIs: S. Dashti (Univ. of Colorado - Boulder), K. Ryan (Univ. of Nevada - Reno)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Period: 5/15/2018 – 4/30/2020

Project website: https://nherirapidusjapan.engr.tamu.edu/

Damage Assessment of Residential Infrastructure Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University); co-PI: S. G. Paal (Texas A&M University)

Sponsor: National Association of Home Builders

Project Period: 8/1/2018 – 2/28/2019

Residential Infrastructure: Understanding Performance and Enhancing Resilience of Coastal Housing Communities

PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University)

Sponsor: Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities (PESCA) Grant Program - Texas A&M University

Project Period: 5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020

RAPID - Long-term recovery assessment of infrastructure systems and communities following Hurricane Harvey: Case study for the city of Port Aransas


PI: M. Koliou (Texas A&M University); Senior Personnel: W.G. Peacock (Texas A&M University)

Sponsor: DOC-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) / TAMU-Sea Grant

Project Period: 12/18/2017 – 12/17/2018

Full-Scale Testing of Cross-Laminated Timber Diaphragm In-Plane Shear and Development of a Design Guide for Practitioners


PI: W. Pang (Clemson University); co-PIs: P. Layton (Clemson University), D. Rammer (Forest Products Laboratory) and M. Koliou (Texas A&M University)

Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture

Project Period: 10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020