Panagiotis Galanis is a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he is investigating technologies like seismic isolation which are designed to protect a structure from the destructive effects of an earthquake. Seismic isolation allows energy caused by an earthquake to be absorbed by the isolation system and reducing the energy transferred to the structure. Isolators are laterally flexible elements on which the structure is placed. Panagiotis’ research intends to find ways to minimize the structural and non-structural damage in tall buildings subjected to strong earthquakes near fault lines by using passive earthquake protection devices like dampers and isolators.
A native of Greece, Panagiotis received his Bachelor’s degree with high honors from National Technical University of Athens. He then spent a year employed by a large engineering consulting firm in Athens where he worked in the area of bridge design. Panagiotis enjoys swimming and playing the piano. He also plays chess and has won numerous national chess awards.