Spyros A. Karamanos

University of Thessaly

Spyros A. Karamanos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1967. He received his five-year Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1989 with highest honours (GPA=9.58/10.0). He received his M.Sc. degree in 1991 and Ph.D. degree in 1993, in Structural Engineering & Mechanics from The University of Texas at Austin, USA (Dept. of Civil Engineering).

From January 1994 until December 1995 he fulfilled his military service requirements in the Greek Navy, as a Petty Officer, at the Public Works Department of the Navy General Staff (23-month mandatory service). During 1996 he was a Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Laboratory of Steel & Timber Structures at Delft University of Technology (Faculty of Civil Engineering), The Netherlands. From October 1996 until May 1999 he was a Structural Engineer in the Bridge Design Department of EGNATIA ODOS A.E., Thessaloniki, Greece.

In May 1999 he joined the Faculty of the University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, where he currently is Professor of Structural Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He is teaching the undergraduate courses Mechanics-Statics, Finite Elements, Structural Mechanics and the graduate courses Advanced Topics in Finite Elements and Nonlinear Structural Mechanics / Stability.

During 2016-2019 he was Professor and Chair of Structural Engineering at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, in parallel appointment with his professorship at the University of Thessaly, where he taught courses on Finite Elements and Structural Mechanics.

The research interests of Spyros Karamanos include Structural Mechanics, Numerical Methods and Finite Elements, Structural Stability, Inelastic Behavior of Structures, Analysis and Design of Metal Structures against Fatigue, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics. The applications of his research refer to infrastructure components and systems for production, transmission and storage of energy and water resources. Spyros specializes in structural mechanics and integrity of energy infrastructure systems. His research interests focus on buckling and fatigue of pipelines and offshore structures, mainly tubular components and systems, using computational (finite element) methods, and experimental testing. His research has been funded primarily by European research projects, with the participation of European steel and pipeline industry. Part of his research is funded by industrial partners in Greece, Europe and the US. He has published more than 70 papers in refereed journals and more than 150 papers in conference proceedings.

He is Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice (2009 – present). He has been Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology (2008 – 2015) and Chairman of the ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Seismic Engineering Committee. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Institute of the ASCE, and the Greek Scientific Societies EEME (Metal Structures), ELETYM (Computational Mechanics), EEThEM (Theoretical & Applied Mechanics). He is a reviewer of numerous scientific journals and conferences.