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BIOGRAPHY

  • ScD, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004.
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000.
  • BS, Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1998.

Dr. Domniki Asimaki joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in July 2005. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Greece) in 1998. She continued her studies at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT (Cambridge, MA) where she obtained an MS in 2000 and a ScD in 2004. During her doctoral studies, she also participated in the European Research Training Network SAFERR as a Young Researcher in GDS (Paris, France, January 2001-September 2002), and received a graduate research fellowship from the National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Greece, September 2002-August 2002). After graduating from MIT, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Crustal Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (February 2004-June 2005). Her primary research interests are in numerical methods in earthquake engineering and geophysics, and include forward simulations of dynamic nonlinear soil response, soil-structure interaction and scattering phenomena in heterogeneous media, as well as inverse problems. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the American Geophysical Union, the Seismological Society of America, the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Numerical methods in earthquake engineering
  • Nonlinear dynamic soil behavior
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Scattering of seismic waves in heterogeneous media
  • Inverse problems in geophysics

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2012 Shamsher Prakash Research Award
  •  Two journal publications among 25 Most downloaded articles of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • 2012 Excellence in Research Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, June
  • 2009 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE, GeoInstitute, August
  • 2008 Bill Schutz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, June
  • Best Poster Award: Mid-America Earthquake Center, Research Assistant Symposium, October 22-23, 1999, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Best Student Paper Award: 71st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section, Seismological Society of America, September 19-21, 1999, Memphis TN

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Varun V.  , Assimaki D. and Sha eezadeh A. (2012). Soil-Pile-Structure Interaction Simulations in Lique able Soils via Dynamic Macroelements: Formulation and Validation, Invited paper, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Jose Rsset Special Issue, (dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2012.03.008)
  • Li W.  and Assimaki D. and Fragiadakis M. (2012). Site response modeling uncertainty in rupture-to-rafters broadband ground motion simulations, Earthquake Spectra, 28(3), 859-883
  • Assimaki D., Kallivokas L.F., Kang J.W., Li W.  , Kucukcoban S. (2012). Time-domain forward and in- verse modeling of lossy soils with frequency-independent Q for near-surface applications, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 43, 129-159
  • Assimaki D., Ledezma C., Gonzalo A. Montalva, Tassara A., Mylonakis G. and Boroschek R. (2012). Site Effects and Damage Patterns, Special Issue on the Maule 8.8 Earthquake, Earthquake Spectra, 28(1), S55-74
  • Bray, J., K. Rollins, T. Hutchinson, R. Verdugo, C. Ledezma,G. Mylonakis, D. Assimaki, G. Montalva, P. Arduino, S. M. Olson, R. Kayen, Y. M.A. Hashash, and G. Candia (2012) Effects of Ground Failure on Buildings, Ports, and Industrial Facilities, , Special Issue on the Maule 8.8 Earthquake, Earthquake Spectra, 28(1), S97-S118
BOOKS
  • D. Assimaki, Li W.  and Fragiadakis M. (2010) "Site E ects in Ground Motion Models for Structural Per- formance Estimation" in Computational Methods in Earthquake Engineering, ed. M. Papadrakakis et al, ECCOMAS, publisher Springer Netherlands, Vol 21, 67-97.
  • D. Assimaki (2006). "Inverse Analysis of Weak and Strong Motion Downhole Array Data: A Hybrid Opti- mization Algorithm in Intelligent computational paradigms in earthquake engineering, ed. N. Lagaros and K. Tsompanakis, Idea Group Publishing, ISBN 1-59904-100-6, pp 444.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Varun V.  and Assimaki D. (2012). A nonlinear macroelement for dynamic soil-structure interaction analyses of pile foundations in lique able soils, Proc. II PBD Second International Conference on Performance Based Design in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, May 28-30, 2012, Taormina, Italy
  • Wood, C. M., Cox B. R., Assimaki D., and Rodriguez-Marek A. (2012). Topographic Effects from Longwall Coal Mining Seismicity: Phase I Experimental Setup and Results, Proc. II PBD Second International Con- ference on Performance Based Design in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, May 28-30, 2012, Taormina, Italy
  • Assimaki D. and Jeong S.  (2011). Coupled Topography-Stratigraphy E ects During the M7.0 Haiti Earth- quake: The case of Hotel Montana, Proc. 4th IASPEI/IAEE International Symposium on the E ects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion, August 23-26, 2011, University of California Santa Barbara, CA
  • Varun V.  and Assimaki D. (2011). A nonlinear macroelement for dynamic soil-structure interaction analyses of pile foundations in lique able soils, Proc EURODYN2011, 8th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, 4-6 July 2011, Leuven, Belgium
  • Varun V.  and Assimaki D. (2011). A nonlinear macroelement for dynamic soil-structure interaction anal- yses of pile foundations in lique able soils, Proc. 5th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, January 10-13, 2011, Santiago, Chile
REPORTS
  • The M 8.8 Maule, Chile Earthquake of February 27, 2010, EERI Special Earthquake Report - Learning from Earthquakes, EERI Newsletter, Pedro Arduino, Scott Ashford, Dominic Assimaki, Jonathan Bray, Terry Eldridge, David Frost, Tara Hutchinson, Laurie Johnson, Keith Kelson, Robert Kayen, Christian Ledezma, Gonzalo Montalva, Robb Moss, George Mylonakis, Scott Olson, Kyle Rollins, Nicholas Sitar, Jonathan Stewart, Alfredo Urzua, , Ramon Verdugo, Rob Witter, and Nick Zoa, June 2010.
  • Geo-Engineering Reconnaissance of the February 27, 2010 Maule, Chile Earthquake, Report of the National Science Foundation-Sponsored Geoengineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Team: Jonathan Bray, David Frost, Ramon Verdugo, Christian Ledezma, Terry Eldridge, Pedro Arduino, Scott Ashford, Dominic Assimaki, Tara Hutchinson, Laurie Johnson, Keith Kelson, Robert Kayen, Gonzalo Montalva, Robb Moss, George Mylonakis, Scott Olson, Kyle Rollins, Nicholas Sitar, Jonathan Stewart, Alfredo Urzua, Rob Witter, and Nick Zoa, April 2010.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Observations, simulations and integration of nonlinear site effects in ground motion predictions, International Workshop of Special Project for Reducing Vulnerability for Urban Mega Earthquake Disasters, Tohoku JAPAN, October 29-31, 2012
  • Nonlinear site and topography effects in ground motion predictions: Observations, Hypotheses and Lessons to be learned, US-Japan Natural Resources (UJNR) panel on seismology, Denver CO, October 9-12, 2012
  • Nonlinear site ampli cation factors at SC stations for broadband ground motion simulations, D. Assimaki, Shih J.  , Li W.  and Yong A., Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Annual Meeting 2012, Palm Springs, CA, September 2012
  • Topographic EffeMcts in Strong Ground Motion - From Physical and Numerical odeling to Design, Joint NEES Quake Summit 2012 and NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Boston MA, July 9-12, 2012
  • Topographic Ampli fication of Seismic Motion: Observations and Simulations in 3D, Joint NEES Quake Summit 2012 and NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Boston MA, July 9-12, 2012