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Dr Georgios Drosopoulos

Lecturer, Civil Engineering
School of Engineering

Georgios is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at University of Central Lancashire and Honorary Associate Professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa. He has significant research experience in structural engineering/ computational mechanics. He has participated in several research projects, has supervised PhD and MSc students and has published several articles in international journals, proceedings and book chapters. Georgios has also significant teaching experience. He has received two Best Lecturer awards (UKZN).

Georgios is active in several research efforts which focus among others on data-driven structural mechanics, multi-scale computational homogenization for composite materials, numerical modelling and optimization of graphene and carbon nanotube reinforced nanocomposites as well as simulation of structures under fire actions. Other research interests include investigation of the structural response of masonry arches and buildings. Georgios has developed non-linear finite element analysis codes. He has also extensive experience with commercial finite element analysis software (Abaqus, Ansys, Comsol).

He is the first co-author, among two, in a book on Nonlinear Mechanics for Composite Heterogeneous Structures (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, in preparation).

Currently, he supervises PhD and MSc students and he participates in international collaborations.

His teaching activities in UCLan include Civil Engineering Materials, Advanced Structural Engineering and Design.

Georgios is keen to collaborate with new MSc and PhD students.

After completion of his PhD studies, Georgios worked for 3 years in industry as structural engineer (2007-2010). In 2012 he was awarded a post-doctoral scholarship, to conduct research in computational mechanics. His post-doctoral studies were held in the Continuum Mechanics Institute, at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany (2012-2014) and at Technical University of Crete, Greece (2014-2016). In 2016 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa. In 2019 he was promoted to Associate Professor. Since October 2020 he holds a Honorary Associate Professor position at UKZN.

Since November 2020, Georgios has a Lecturer position, at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK.

Georgios is the organizer and head of the Structural Engineering and Computational Mechanics group (SECM, UKZN).

He also serves as a reviewer in various scientific journals.

Currently, he supervises several PhD and MSc students, in topics related to data-driven mechanics, structural analysis of masonry arches and buildings, numerical modelling of masonry buildings under blast actions, as well as numerical modelling and optimization of nanocomposite materials.

  • PhD Structural Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece, 2006
  • Master of Science Pedagogical Sciences, School of Pedagogical & Technological Education, Greece, 2010
  • Degree in Civil Engineering (MEng equivalent, 5 years’ curriculum), National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2002
  • Research Fellowship Award, Greek Diaspora Fellowship Programme, Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation (supported by the Fulbright Programme), 2019
  • Research Excellence Award for outstanding research contribution in the School of Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2019
  • Successful proposal for writing a book after review, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis: Non-linear Mechanics for Composite Heterogeneous Materials, 2019
  • Best Lecturer in Civil Engineering (voted by third and fourth year students), UKZN, 2019
  • Best Lecturer in Civil Engineering (voted by third and fourth year students), UKZN, 2018
  • C-3 Rated Scientist (after strict review), National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF), 2017
  • Post-doctoral research fellowship award, 2012

Modules Taught

  • BN2508 - Hydraulic Engineering and Materials
  • ER1432 - Civil Engineering Hydraulics and Materials
  • BN2564 - Engineering Analysis B
  • BN4522 - Integrated Design Project
  • Numerical modelling for structures and materials using the finite element method
  • Multi-scale computational homogenization for composite materials
  • Data-driven structural analysis/homogenization
  • Numerical modelling and optimization of graphene and carbon nanotube composite materials
  • Numerical modelling of auxetics
  • Finite element analysis of structures in fire conditions
  • Numerical modelling of masonry arch bridges and masonry buildings
  • Structural response of masonry structures under blast actions
  • Honorary Associate Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Chartered Professional Civil Engineer (2007), Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Editorial board member, Frontiers in Build Environment (Computational Methods in Structural Engineering)
  • Reviewer for the journals: Composites Part B: Engineering, Materials and Structures, Construction and Building Materials, Materials and Design, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Structures, Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, Archive of Applied Mechanics, Advances in Structural Engineering, Automation in Construction, International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Frontiers in Build Environment, Optimization and Engineering