Stavroula J. Pantazopoulou

Contact Information

(416) 736-2100 ext. 33112

Campus Address

BRG 337A 11 Arboretum Ln. York University Toronto ON M3J 1P3


Dr. S. J. Pantazopoulou is a Professor at York University in the Lassonde School of Engineering. Her area of expertise is Structural Mechanics and Earthquake Engineering with particular emphasis in Performance-Based Engineering. Applications of her work are in Sesmic Design, Assessment and Retrofit of Reinforced Concrete Structures using emerging materials and technologies. She is conducting research in the development of strain-resilient cementitious materials for corrosion-resistant durable retrofits but also as an opportunity for the development of novel structural designs that reduce the required amounts of confining and shear reinforcement with no compromise on ductility. In this direction she is exploring the use of nanomaterials in construction and the exploitation of industrial waste in concrete. To improve the understanding of the underlying relationship between mechanical properties and overall performance, she uses advanced numerical simulations at different scales of material response ranging from the microstructure to macroscopically observed behaviour of structural components.

S.J. Pantazopoulou completed her Masters, Doctoral and PostDoctoral studies in Civil Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and holds an Engineering Diploma in the same discipline from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to her current appointment at the Lassonde Faculty of Engineering at York University, S. J. Pantazopoulou has gained international academic experience in several positions which she held successively from 1988 onwards: tenured Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Professor of Civil Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace, in Greece, and Professor and Department Head of Civil Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Over her academic career Professor Pantazopoulou has supervised several Doctoral Students many of whom are now faculty members in Canada and abroad. She serves as a member in several International Committees of Experts that prepare technical guidelines for concrete and masonry structures, and innovative construction materials. In the last 5 years she has been actively involved in the promotion of novel assessment procedures for structural assessment of the Built Cultural Heritage. In 2004 she was elected Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and is the recipient of ASCE’s Moisseieff Award for Notable Contributions to the Science and Art of Civil Engineering.

  • Ph.D in Structural Engineering from The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
  • M.Sc in Civil Engineering from The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
  • Civil Engineering Diploma (5-year Program) in Civil Engineering from The National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Areas of Expertise/Interest
  • Performance Based Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of Structures
  • Novel Engineering Materials in Construction (Strain-Resilient Cementitious Composites, Nano-Materials in Construction, Fiber-Reinforced Plastics)
  • Earthquake Design of Bridges – Soil Structure Interaction Effects on Bridge Response
  • Service Life modelling of Structures subjected to corrosive environments
  • Unreinforced Masonry Structures – Assessment and restoration of Cultural Heritage
Recent Publications
  • Karantoni Papadopoulos and Pantazopoulou, (2016), “Simple Seismic Assessment of Traditional Unreinforced Masonry Buildings”, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Taylor & Francis, accepted (in press).
  • S. J. Pantazopoulou, S. Tastani, G. Thermou and T. Triantafyllou, (2016), “Background to European seismic design provisions for the retrofit of R.C. elements using FRP materials”, FIB Structural Concrete, Ernst & Sohn (J. Wiley), accepted (in press).
  • S. Tastani, M. Konsta, S. Pantazopoulou and V. Balopoulos, (2016), “The effect of carbon nanotubes/polypropylene fibers on bond of reinforcing bars in ECC”, Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, accepted (in press).
  • S. Tastani and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2015), “Implications of yield penetration on confinement requirements of r.c. wall elements”, Earthquakes and Structures, Technopress, Vol.9, No.4, pp.831-849. DOI:
  • D. Timosidis, K. Megalooikonomou and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2014), “Monolithic Reinforced Concrete Bridge Joints Under Cyclic Excitation”, Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Volume 101, 15 October 2015, Pages 477–493.
  • S. Tastani, E. Brokalaki and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2014), “State of Bond along Lap-Splices”, accepted for publication, ASCE J. of Structural Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001243 , 04015007.
  • S. Pardalopoulos, and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2015), “Seismic response of nonstructural components attached on multistorey buildings”, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 139–158, January 2015, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.2466, J. Wiley & Sons.
  • K. Chalioris, G. Thermou and S. J. Pantazopoulou (2014), “Behaviour of rehabilitated RC beams with self-compacting concrete jacketing – Analytical model and test results”, Construction & Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 55, pp. 257-273.
  • S. I. Pardalopoulos, M. Th. Kontari και S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2015), “Rapid Seismic Assessment Procedure of Masonry Buildings with Historic Value”, Chapter in Seismic Assessment, Behavior and Retrofit of Heritage Buildings and Monuments, Computational Methods in Applied Sciences, Springer (Editors: Psycharis et al.).
  • D. Vamvatsikos and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2015), “Development of a simplified mechanical model to estimate the seismic vulnerability of heritage unreinforced masonry buildings. Accepted for publication, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Taylor & Francis.
  • Tastani, S. P., and Pantazopoulou, S.J. (2013), “Yield penetration in seismically loaded anchorages: effects on member deformation capacity”, Earthquakes and Structures, Technopress, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 527-552.
  • Thermou G., and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2014), “Discussion of the paper ‘Effect of SFRP confinement on circular and square concrete columns’ by Raafat El-Hacha, Mohammad A. Mashrik [Eng Struct 36 (2012) 379–393], Engineering Structures,Vol. 59:836, February 2014.
  • Archontas, N.D. and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2015). “Microstructural Behavior and Mechanics of Nano-Modified Cementitious Materials”, Advances in Concrete Construction, Technopress, 3(1):15-37, DOI: 10.12989/.2015..3.014.
  • Tastani, S. P., Balafas, I., Dervisis A., and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2013). “Effect of Core Compaction on Deformation Capacity of FRP-Jacketed Concrete”, Construction & Building Materials, Elsevier, Volume 47, October 2013, Pages 1078-1092.
  • Tastani, S. P., Thermou, G. E., and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2012). “Yield Penetration in Bar Anchorages and their Effect on Rotation Capacity”, invited paper, Honorary Volume Compiled by the Institut für Werkstofe im Bauwesen, Universität Stuttgart, Germany.
  • A. Kotsoglou and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2013), “Exploitation of Foundation Flexibility on the Seismic Response of Bridge Piers”, Structural Engineering International, IABSE, 2/2013, 23(2):167-175 · May 2013
  • S. Tastani and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2012), “Reinforcement-Concrete Bond: State Determination along the Development Length”, ASCE J. of Structural Engineering, 139(9),1567-1581.
  • Gil-Martin L.M., Hernandez-Montes E., Aschheim M.A. and Pantazopoulou S.J. (2012). “A Simpler Compression Field Theory for Structural Concrete”. Studies and Researches – Annual Review of
  • Structural Concrete. Ed. by Politecnico di Milano and Italcementi, V. 31, pub. by Starrylink (Brescia, Italy), 11-41, ISSN 11216069, ISBN 9788896225400.
  • S. Pardalopoulos, Thermou G., and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2013), “Simple Criteria for Seismic Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Buildings”, BEEE (Bulletin of Earthquake Eng.) 11:607–636.
  • Thermou, G., S.J. Pantazopoulou, A. S. Elnashai, (2011), “Global Interventions for Seismic Upgrading of Substandard R.C. Buildings”, ASCE J. of Struct. Engrng. (9/2011), 138(3), 387–401.
  • Thermou G, A. Elnashai, and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2012), “Retrofit Yield Spectra – A Practical Device in Seismic Rehabilitation”, Earthquakes and Structures, 3(2):141-168, Techno-Press, Korea.
  • Thermou G., and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2011), “Assessment Indices for the Seismic Vulnerability of Existing R.C. Buildings with Masonry Infill Walls”, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, J. Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.1028, 40(3):293-313, March.
  • Timosidis, D., and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2010), “Experimental Evaluation of Monolithic Joints in Modern R.C. Bridge Structures for Seismic Performance”, in A-Seismic Design and Construction in Egnatia Odos, (Ed.: A. J. Kappos), Hellenic Society for Earthquake Engineering, 2010, pp. 215-230.
  • S. Pardalopoulos, and S. J. Pantazopoulou, (2010), “Spatial component analysis of 3-D Displacement and Storey Drift in R.C. Buildings Under Seismic Loads”, in Computational Methods in Earthquake Engineering, (Ed.: M. Papadrakakis et al.), Springer Publ.
  • S. J. Pantazopoulou and D. V. Syntzirma, (2010), “Deformation Capacity of Lightly Reinforced Concrete Members – Comparative Evaluation”, in Advances in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering (ACES workshop), Springer Pubs., (Ed.: M.N.Fardis), 2010.
  • Syntzirma, D.V., Pantazopoulou S.J., and Aschheim M., (2010), “Load History Effects on Deformation Capacity of Flexural Members Limited by Bar Buckling”, ASCE J. of Structural Engineering, 136(1):1-11 (Jan.).
  • Tastani S.P. and Pantazopoulou S.J. (2010). “Direct tension pullout bond test: experimental results”, ASCE J. of Structural Engineering, 136(6):731-743 (June).
  • Kotsoglou A., and Pantazopoulou, S.J., (2010), “Response Simulation and Seismic Assessment of Highway Overcrossings”, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, J. Wiley & Sons, 39(9):991-1013 (July).
  • G.E. Thermou, A.S. Elnashai and S.J. Pantazopoulou (2010), “Design and Assessment Spectra for Retrofitting of RC Buildings”, J. of Earthquake Engineering, Taylor & Francis, 14(5):743-770.
Research Opportunities

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