Dimitrios Lignos

GC B3 485 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

Web site:  Web site:  https://resslab.epfl.ch/

GC B3 484 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

Administrative data

Fields of expertise

-Performance-Based Design 
-Seismic Risk Assessment and Retrofit of Existing Structures 
-Nonlinear Analysis with Emphasis on Deterioration Phenomena 
-Nonlinear Analysis, Design & Evaluation of Steel and Composite-steel Concrete Structures 
-Multi-scale Experimental Testing
-Supplemental Damping Systems 
-Methods for Earthquake Loss Estimation



Seismic Assessment of Existing Tall Structures under Long-Duration Ground Motions, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Scholar

Kyoto University

09/2009 - 08/2010


Seismic Retrofit of Existing Steel Structures with Innovative Materials

Stanford University

09/2008 - 09/2009


Sidesway Collapse of Deteriorating Structural Systems under Seismic Excitations

Stanford University

09/2004 - 09/2008

Master or Science

Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering, Program: Structural Engineering and Geomechanics

Stanford University

09/2003 - 06/2004


Civil Engineering/Structural Engineering, Diploma Thesis: Evaluation of Nonlinear Analysis Methods for Seismic Assessment of Steel Structures

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

10/1998 - 06/2003


Outstanding Teaching Award

McGill University, Faculty of Engineering


Outstanding reviewer award

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence - Early Career

McGill University, Montreal, Canada The Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence recognizes excellence in research by academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering.


ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize

The Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Prize, which was founded in 1946, is awarded to members of the ASCE in any grade for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. It is considered the highest-level mid-career research prize.



Infoscience publications


Teaching & PhD


Civil Engineering


Structural mechanics (for GC)

Introduction to structural mechanics; bending, shear and torsion in structures; analysis of stress and strain; deflections of beams; principle of virtual work; composite sections; plastic analysis; introduction to stability

Structural stability

Advanced topics in structural stability; elastic & inelastic column buckling; lateral-torsional buckling of bridge/plate girders; nonlinear geometric effects; frame stability; computational formulation of stability theory; Geometric stiffness method; Plate buckling; Plastic collapse analysis

Advanced steel design

Advanced topics in seismic steel design; bolted and welded connections; steel moment resisting frames; steel frames with concentric & eccentric bracings; capacity design; buckling-restrained bracings; friction dampers; seismic retrofitting of existing structures with supplemental damping

Nonlinear analysis of structures

This course deals with the nonlinear modelling and analysis of structures when subjected to monotonic, cyclic, and dynamic loadings, focusing in particular on the seismic response of structures. It introduces solution methods for nonlinear static and dynamic problems.

Performance-based earthquake engineering

Quantitative decision making based on life-cycle considerations that incorporate direct losses, seismic risk assessment, and collapse. Seismic hazard analysis, response simulation, damage and loss estimation, collapse prediction. Case studies.