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Florentia’s research interests are focused on advancing the field or the re-use of steel and steel-concrete composite structures and developing a theoretical framework that enables a sustainable, and circular built environment. Through her research, she examines experimentally and numerically the structural behavior of re-usable/demountable buildings on different scales starting from material and connection levels up to a structural level.

Florentia obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Houston where she performed experimental and analytical research on the performance of steel column-to-base-plate connections. Her project was funded by the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) of the United States and her research findings led to a more economical steel frame design. During her Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin, she conducted research at the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory (FSEL) on an experimental program that included the design and performance of full-scale experiments on steel breakaway base connections that aims to generate resilient wayside structures. She also performed research at the Texas Seismological Network (TexNet) on earthquake engineering parameters from earthquakes that occurred in Texas.

Florentia is teaching in the MSc program in the courses:

  • CIE 4115 Steel Structures 2
  • CIE 4121 Steel Structures 3
  • CIE 4281 Building Structures 2

And in the BSc program:

  • CTB 2220 Concrete and Steel Structures

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Delft University of Technology

Award Date: 15 Mar 2022

External positions

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

20182020

Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Houston

Keywords

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Structural engineering
  • Steel structures
  • Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Steel connections
  • Sustainable built environment
  • Circularity
  • Demountable connections
  • Large-scale experiments
  • Numerical modeling

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