Stergios Aristoteles Mitoulis

  • Associate Professor - University of Surrey

Research interests

I graduated with a 5-year diploma (MEng equiv) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Subsequently received an MSc in sustainable design of infrastructure to earthquakes and other hazards, and a PhD in bridge engineering in 2008 from the same university on bridge engineering.

I am the leader of the infrastructuResilience initiative, striving to deliver climate resilience to critical infrastructure with a focus on transport and energy assets. I am currently the director of the MSc Bridge the MSc Structural and MSc Civil Engineering courses with expertise in resilience-based design and assessment of critical infrastructure, including networks, transport hubs, bridges, and associated interoperabilities. I have skills in advanced numerical modelling and soil-bridge-interaction and my research has been continuously supported by UK and EU funding amounting to more than £1.2 million. I am a member of the SECED-ICE, ASCE, EAEE, IABSE and FHEA-UK.

I am contributing significantly to the development of the next generation of Eurocodes as a delegate of the BSI Mirror Group of Eurocode and UK delegate of the BSI (CEN/TC 250/SC8-TG2) for the design and retrofitting of bridges, the BSI committee B/525/10 (Horizontal Group-Bridges) and the WG11 of the EAEE for the design of bridges.

I have published more than 100 journal and conference papers and book chapters. I have worked as principal investigator, co-investigator and researcher for more than 20 research projects relevant to the resilience of bridges under diverse hazards, including:

I manage a group of highly skilled postdoctoral, doctoral and postgraduate researchers, who work on bridge scour and on the multi-hazard risk and resilience assessment of transport assets, including fragility modelling of bridges with scoured piers and abutments (H2020-MSCA-2017 TRANSRISK). I recently had four successful Marie-Curie grants and I am currently supervising four highly skilled researchers in the area of resilience engineering and critical infrastructure assets and networks exposed to multiple natural hazards.

My research is supported by world-leading research centres and industries in the area of transport infrastructure and natural hazards, i.e. EIFFEL University (former IFSTTAR), TRL, NGI, ARUP-Resilience Shift, Transport Scotland, JBA Trust and HR-Wallingford, Sika Switzerland and DENCO Structural Engineering Consulting. Among other prestigious ongoing alliances, I have also collaborated with researchers from the US Army Corps, OECD and the World Bank in variable research initiatives and publications.

Another activity of mine is the use of structural health and functionality monitoring for the design and assessment of critical infrastructure. By further pushing the boundaries of civil engineering I have recently co-authored an opinion paper with another 11 co-authors to discuss the possibilities of using digital and/or emerging technologies into streamlined and novel risk and resilience assessments. This paper has been very recently accepted to be published in a Nature research journal.

I also led research on accelerated bridge constructions (ABC) to deliver resilient bridge designs. I have worked closely with SMEs to test, certify and develop commercially available design software for bridges, optimise the behaviour and deliver smart bridge bearings and assess the risks of landslides in Scotland, eg Rest and be Thankful. These research efforts were funded by Innovate UK and SMEs (eg Winter Associates & TARRC). In addition, I developed unique research activity on the design of integral bridges, including advanced soil-structure-interaction modelling and assessment of bridges, as well as, use of recycled materials. The latter is considered to be fully aligned with worldwide initiatives for reusing and recycling materials, (see UN’s sustainable development goals-SDG).