Dr. Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of California, Berkeley, since January 2020. Prior to this appointment, she was a faculty member in the CEE department at the University of Michigan (2008-2019). She is also the President of the US Universities Council for Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER).
She received her Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, her MSc. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and a joint BSc/MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece in 2003. She has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award (2004), the NSF CAREER award (2013), the 2014 Faculty Excellence Award by the CEE Dept at the Univ. of Michigan, the 2015 ASCE Arthur Casagrande Award and the 2015 ASCE Thomas Middlebrooks Award, the 2016 Chi Epsilon (XE) Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2020 TC203 Young Research Award from the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. She also delivered the 30th Annual Mueser Rutledge Memorial Lecture in 2020. Her research focuses on soil liquefaction, seismic slope stability, and flood protection systems and soil structures under extreme loading like hurricanes and earthquakes and new technologies and methodologies to design, monitor and reinforce them. Adda can be reached at email@example.com