Dr Georgios Drosopoulos
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.