Ioannis E. Zevgolis
Assistant Professor, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Department of Civil Engineering
Laboratory of Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering

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PROBABILISTIC & STOCHASTIC METHODS IN GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING: geotechnical uncertainty, formulation of probabilistic models - development of methodologies and computation techniques for reliability assessment of geotechnical systems, risk analysis, coupled probabilistic - numerical analyses

NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOTECHNICAL STRUCTURES: retaining structures, reinforced soil, slope stability

MINING & GEO-ENVIRONMENTAL GEOTECHNICS: geotechnical aspects of surface and underground mining, lignite mining, mining wastes


2004 - 2007

Doctor of Philosophy
School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, USA

2002 - 2003

Master of Science in Engineering
School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, USA

1997 - 2002 Diploma (MEng) in Mining & Metallurgical Engineering [major in geotechnology]
School of Mining & Metallurgical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece


2014 -

Democritus University of Thrace
Department of Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor

2013 -

Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH)
Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI)
Researcher, Collaborating Faculty Member

2011 - 2013

Site manager at open pit mines

2008 - 2011

Edafomichaniki SA
Geotechnical Design Engineer

2010, 2011

Technical University of Crete, Greece
Adjunct Lecturer

2008, 2009

National Technical University of Athens, Greece
External Research Collaborator

2002 - 2007

Purdue University, USA
Research & Teaching Assistant


National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Undergraduate research student


Attiko Metro SA, Athens, Greece
Summer intern

2000 S&B Industrial Minerals SA, Milos island, Greece
Summer intern
2018 - ... METHENERGY PLUS -  Methane recovery and harnessing for energy and chemical uses at coal mine sites, EU - RFCS (CERTH)
2016 - 2017 Enhancing the sustainability performance of mining industry through the development and implementation of relevant assessment methodology, Enveco SA (DUTH)
2016 - 2019 Numerical - probabilistic analysis of geotechnical structures, Research Committee (DUTH)
2016 - 2018 Research and teaching activities, and dissemination of the results, of the Civil Engineering Department", Research Committee (DUTH)
2015 - 2018 SLOPES - Smarter Lignite Open Pit Engineering Solutions, EU - RFCS (CERTH)
2013 - 2015 COMEX - Complex Mining Exploitation: Optimizing Mine Design and Reducing the Impact on Human Environment, EU - RFCS (CERTH)
2009 Design of Kea Underground Sewage Treatment Plant With Quarry Rehabilitation, Municipality of Kea (NTUA)
2008 Restoration Design and Rehabilitation Measures of the “Skouries” Area in Lavrion, Municipality of Lavrion (NTUA)
2004 - 2007 Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall Abutments for Bridge Support, FHWA/INDOT (Purdue University)
2003 Special Foundations, INDOT (Purdue University)
2002 - 2003 Mitigating the Expansive Behavior of Chemically Treated Soils, INDOT/JTRP (Purdue University)
2002 Production Problems in Kozani County (Greece) and Possible Solutions, Kozani Prefecture (NTUA)
  • External Expert, European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
  • Reviewer - evaluator (proposals for PhD grants), State Scholarships Foundation, Greece (IKY)
  • Reviewer - evaluator (proposals for post-doc grants), Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (ELIDEK)
  • International Scientific Committee, 7th International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk (ISGSR 2019), Taipei, Taiwan, December 2019
  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing (in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the journal), Computers & Geotechnics, Elsevier (2017).
  • International Scientific Committee, Geo-Risk 2017, ASCE, Denver, CO, USA, June 2017
  • Technical Committee, TC304 Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management of ISSMGE
  • Member of societies:
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Geo-Institute of ASCE
  • Geotechnical Safety Network (GEOSNet)
  • Purdue Geotechnical Society (PGS)
  • Hellenic Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (HSSMGE)
  • Hellenic Geosynthetics Society (HGS)
  • Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Hellenic Society of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers
  • Performed reviews for the following journals:
  • Computers and Geotechnics - Elsevier (regular reviewer)
  • Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering - ASCE
  • International Journal of Geomechanics - ASCE
  • Geosynthetics International - ICE
  • International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering - Springer
  • Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards - Taylor & Francis
  • The Open Civil Engineering Journal - Bentham Open Publishers
  • Arabian Journal of Geosciences - Springer
  • Reviewer in the following conferences:
  • 2011, XIV Pan-Am - CGS Geotechnical Conference, Toronto, Canada
  • 2011, GeoRisk, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, ASCE
  • 2010, 6th National Conference of Geotechnical Engineering, Volos, Greece
  • 2009, Contemporary Topics in In Situ Testing, Analysis, and Reliability of Foundations (GSP 186), ASCE
  • 2009, Contemporary Topics in Ground Modification, Problem Soils, and Geo-Support (GSP 187), ASCE
  • 2008, GeoCongress 08, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, ASCE
  • 2008, IACMAG 12, Goa, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace (2014 - ):
1. Shallow Foundations & Earth Pressures, 6th semester
2. Retaining Structures, 7th semester
3. Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering, 7th semester
4. Tunnels & Underground Structures, 8th semester
5. Geo-environmental Engineering, 8th semester
6. Computer-based Design of Geotechnical Structures, 9th semester

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Mineral Resources Engineering, Technical University of Crete (2009 - 2011):
- Geotechnical Engineering - Geotechnical Structures, 8th semester

Teaching Assistant, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University (2002 - 2007):
- Geotechnical Engineering II
- Basic Mechanics I - Statics

- One PhD student (Probabilistic and numerical methods in geotechnical engineering)
- Supervision of final year undergraduate students on their Diploma Thesis (equiv. to MSc Thesis): thirteen theses completed, four theses ongoing

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, USA


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, USA

2002 - 2007

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, USA

2005 - 2006

Empeirikion Foundation Scholarship, Athens, Greece

2004 - 2005

Empeirikion Foundation Scholarship, Athens, Greece

2004 - 2005

Gerondelis Foundation Graduate Studies Scholarship, Boston, MA, USA

2002 - 2003

Sommerfeld Fellowship, Minnesota, MN, USA (offer)


Thomaidio Award, best Diploma Thesis at the National Technical University of Athens


1st Award, Technical Chamber of Greece, best Diploma Thesis in the Mining & Metallurgical field

1998 Grant for Educational Achievements, LARCO GMMSA, Athens, Greece

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