Professor of Structural Engineering
School of Science & Technology Department of Engineering
Konstantinos (Kostas) Daniel Tsavdaridis is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City, University of London (UK). He started his career at City as a Lecturer in Civil/Structural Engineering in 2010. After a short break working for the Nuclear industry (Principle Structural Stress Specialist at Pell Frischmann, London), he continued his academic career at the University of Leeds (UK) as Assistant (2012) and later Associate Professor (2016) of Structural Engineering, until he returned to City again, as a Full Professor of Structural Engineering in 2021.
Prof. Tsavdaridis’ research group (aka KDT research group) focuses on static, quasi-static and dynamic full and large-scale laboratory-based testing of steel and steel-concrete composite structural members and systems. In 2014, he contributed to the successful EPSRC Strategic Equipment Grant proposal funding a Multi-Axial Shaking Table (EP/L022648) and since he has expanded his experimental research portfolio including timber, fibre-reinforced concrete, FRP, TRC, and other structural materials.
His vision about the design optimisation of lightweight structures has led to the publication of more than 170 papers in journals, international conferences and engineering magazines. He is an inventor and he has filed a number of GB and PCT patents on perforated steel beams and lightweight composite flooring systems. In 2019, Prof. Tsavdaridis was awarded with a Senior Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering to study and develop a novel type of 3D-printed Steel Connections of Modular Building Systems that allow for flexibility in design, and re-use via dismantling capacity. For this, Prof. Tsavdaridis formed the 3DMBC group which has established collaboration with international academic and industrial partners.
He serves as Editor for peer-reviewed international journals (e.g., MDPI, Frontiers) with focus on earthquake engineering, design of steel and SCC structures and application of composite materials. He is a member of international scientific committees, advisory boards, and research panels such as BSI (B/525/9) Structural use of Aluminium, BSI (B/525/8) Structures in Seismic Regions, fib (CEB-FIP, COM7-TG:7.6) Resilient Structures, IStructE – Sustainability Panel, and the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS; WG:8) Metal Spatial Structures. Moreover, he is a scientific member of the European Convention for Structural Steelwork (ECCS), the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE), the Steel Structural Research Society in Greece (EEME-SSRS), the Hellenic Association for Earthquake Engineering (HAEE / ETAM), and the Hellenic Institute for the Fire Protection of Structures (EL.I.PY.KA).
Prof. Tsavdaridis is also Chartered Engineer registered in the Engineering Council (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE), Licensed Civil Engineer in Greece (ΤΕΕ-TCG) and in Europe (EUR ING) recognised by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), and Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (M.ASCE). He has provided expert opinion in several large inter/national projects and featured in public media to comment on disasters and structural catastrophes affecting human lives such as The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.
He is a qualified ICE Professional Mentor (73632894) for supporting training guidance for engineers seeking to become chartered. Due to his significant involvement with the engineering practice, between 2014 and 2021, he acted as the Chair of Employability for the Faculty of Engineering and the Placement Tutor for the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds.
– Principle Investigator (2021). “Modular Construction of Re-use; from Science to Policy Making” The Royal Society
– Co-Investigator (2019). “Exploring the Resilience of Masonry Arch Bridge Infrastructure: A 3D Multi-Level Modelling Framework” 934,692 GBP (total grant 1,823,900.20 GBP) EPSRC EP/T001348/1 + 118,500 GBP Network Rail + ~145,000 GBP Industrial Partners (Sheffield, Leeds, Imperial)
– Principal Investigator (2019). “Flexible and Resilient 3D-Printed Metallic Connections for Modular Buildings” 121,532 GBP Royal Academy of Engineering / The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships
– Principal Investigator (2019). “Multi-Objective Optimisation for Sustainable Steel Structures Employing Artificial Intelligence” 74,000 GBP EPSRC CASE Studentship Award EP/L504993/1, University of Leeds + SC4
– Principal Investigator (2019). “Steel-Concrete Composite RWS Connections” 110,000 GBP Iraqi Government – The Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq (Research Student: Mr Fahad Almutairi)
– Principal Investigator (2019). “Flexural Bending of PUSS Flooring Systems” 120,000 GBP University of Bahrain Government – The Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq (Research Student: Mr Ahmed Alali)
– Principal Investigator (2017). “Energy-Efficient Design: Helping Architects Weigh their Options” 74,000 GBP EPSRC CASE Studentship Award EP/L504993/1, University of Leeds + WSP | PB
– Co-Investigator (2017). “The UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) – Infrastructure Materials Exposure Facility” 4,498,620 GBP EPSRC (EP/P017169/1)
– Principal Investigator (2016). “Experimental Campaign on Novel Seismic-Resistant Connections Towards Eurocode 8” 2,400 GBP TDF, University of Leeds
– Principal Investigator (2016). “Experimental Campaign on Non-Standard Beam-to-Beam Connections – Updating the Eurocode 3” 10,000 GBP Severfield plc
– Principal Investigator (2015). “Novel Steel-Concrete Composite Flooring Systems” 100,000 GBP Iraqi Government – The Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq (Research Student: Miss Inas Ahmed Mahmood Ahmed)
– Co-Investigator (2013). “Multi-axial dynamic shaking table” 375,000 GBP (EPSRC) Strategic Equipment Grant Award EP/L022648/1, University of Leeds + 200,000 GBP Pell Frischmann
– Principal Investigator (2013). “Investigation of dynamic response of steel and steel-concrete composite (SCC) frames” 72,214 GBP EPSRC CASE Studentship Award EP/L504993/1, University of Leeds + TataSteel (Research Student: Mr D. Demetriou)
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