Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

2362 GG Brown, 2350 Hayward Street

The University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125


Fax: 734-764-4292


Ground motion selection and modification criteria for the seismic design of earthen levees and other geotechnical infrastructure.

In this research project, ground motion intensity measures that are critical for predicting levee response have been established. The variability of levee response in terms of soil liquefaction triggering and seismic slope stability has been investigated and regressions have been developed to serve as guidelines for selection of ground motions for levee embankments. (more…)
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Development of a GIS-based tool and methodology to evaluate the seismic risk in regions protected against flooding by earthen levee systems.

This project focuses on developing a decision-making methodology that helps users prioritize mitigation efforts and predict levee system performance for selected seismic event scenarios.The proposed methodology will track uncertainties associated with (1) levee geometry, soil stratigraphy and soil properties, (2) the interpolation method, and (3) the calculation of the joint probability of failure due to…
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Professor Athanasopoulos-Zekkos earns Middlebrooks Award

Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos recently received the 2015 Middlebrooks Award from ASCE Geo-Institute. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Raymond B. Seed, PhD, earned the award with their paper, "Simplified Methodology for Consideration of Two-Dimensional Dynamic Response of Levees in Liquefaction-Triggering Evaluation in the Journal of Geotechnical" and Geoenvironmental Engineering. (more…)
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GeoWall team selected as national finalist

The U-M GeoWall team participated in the 2015 National GeoWall competition and was selected as one of the 20 national finalists. The team will travel to San Antonio in March 2015 to compete in the national finals. Notably, this is the first time in the department history that a team representing U-M has made it…
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Athanasopoulos-Zekkos Earns the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award

Adda M. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award for her contributions in the seismic risk assessment of levee protection systems against flooding. Assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, Athanasopoulous-Zekkos' studies of earthen levees have taken 3 important directions: risk assessment based on…
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Professor Athanasopoulos-Zekkos featured in MDOT Research Spotlight

Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos is the principal investigator of a project that was featured in a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Research Spotlight. The story, titled, "Minimizing the effects of pile driving vibrations", describes piles, which are steel or concrete shafts that are driven into the ground during construction using large mechanical hammers. These piles…
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Professor Athanasopoulos-Zekkos receives NSF CAREER award

Assistant Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos has received the NSF CAREER award, NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. These awards are given to those who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. (more…)
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