Dr George Vasdravellis obtained his MEng degree in Civil Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) in 2003. In 2007, he was awarded his PhD degree from the Polytechnic School of Milan (Italy) for his research on the seismic behaviour of steel-concrete composite structures. After a three-year period working as structural engineer in Athens, Greece, George was appointed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010) with the Institute for Infrastructure Engineering (IIE) of the University of Western Sydney (Australia), where he joined the research group of Professor Brian Uy.
During his service at IIE, George conducted research on the behaviour and design of composite beams under various loading conditions; the development of resilient self-centering steel frames; and on the assessment of novel steel seismic dampers. In 2013, George was appointed as Lecturer in Structural Engineering with the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. His current research is mainly focused on the development, assessment and application of innovative structural typologies that can realize a minimal-damage design concept under extreme natural or man-made hazards.
Other research fields include: demountable steel-concrete composite structures; development of novel and cost-effective damping devices for structures and bridges; retrofitting of existing buildings; advanced numerical simulation of structures.