School of Architecture - Technical University of Crete

Stavroulaki Maria

Associate Professor

Computational Mechanics for Heritage Structures

Short biographical note

Born in Chania, Crete, Greece (1965). Diploma of Civil Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Polytechnic School, Department of Civil Engineering (1988) and PhD Degree from Technical University of Crete, Department of Sciences (1996) with Ph.D Thesis entitled ‘Optimal Design for Methods of Restoration and Strengthening of Structures. Application on Prestressing.
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture (2013). Lecturer, Department of Sciences, Applied Mechanics Laboratory, expertise to ‘Computational Mechanics for Heritage Structures’, (2005).
Chairman of the theses of a lot of master’s students and member of the advisory committee of theses of master’s students and doctoral students. Member of the examination committee for degree theses. Activity in Greek and European Research Projects. The main part of the scientific research refers to the seismic behaviour of unreinforced masonry buildings with various floor systems, structural systems, strengthening techniques, material models. Also static and dynamic finite analysis and studies of restoration and conservation of specific buildings like the southern Venetian shipyards of Chania ‘Benedetto Moro’’, the lighthouse at the Venecian Harbor of Chania, old historic stone bridges, preserved buildings, specific traditional structural systems as rainwater dry stone cisterns are included.
Published research project that includes a book titled ‘Computational Mechanics for Heritage Structures’ (WIT Press, Southampton, U.K., 2006) for postgraduate students and engineers, nine papers to refereed scientific journals, forty-one papers in conference proceedings and an academic work.
Member of the Scientific Committee and the organizing committee of conferences.
Representative of the faculty members of the Department of Sciences in the University (2008-09, 2010-11).
Participation in the ‘Scientific Committee on the Crete fortifications’ (from 2004). Member of the 'Greek Association of Computational Mechanics "(GRACM) and the' Society for the Promotion of Research and Scientific Restoration of Monuments' (ETEPAM).
Professional civil engineer with experience to study and supervise of private civil engineering structures. (1989-1999).


Research Interests

  • Structural Engineering (Computational Mechanics for Heritage Structures, Structural Analysis and Design, Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering, Restoration of Ancient Monuments, Restoration and Strengthening of Structures, Structural Stability).
  • Numerical Methods (Finite Elements, Great experience with both teaching and industrial activities).
  • Applied Mechanics (Continuum Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials).


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