Professor and Director of Structural Testing Facilities
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto
35 St. George St. Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5S 1A4
Prof. Constantin Christopoulos is an expert in seismic isolation and supplemental damping devices and led the development of the Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (VCD) as a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of Structures Laboratories at the University of Toronto. He is also the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Seismic Resilience of Infrastructure. He is the author of more than 100 technical papers, two major textbooks, and the co-inventor on several international patents. He has served as a technical advisor to Kinetica on numerous high-profile building structures looking to implement the VCD for improved seismic and wind performance.
Professor Christopoulos’ research is primarily focused on the development of advanced high-performance structural systems that enhance the dynamic response and seismic resilience of built infrastructure.
The research involves advanced large-scale testing of new structural systems in the Structures Laboratories, simulations using advanced finite element models and the development of new design methods for the implementation of advanced resilient seismic resistant systems.
Professor Christopoulos also acts as a consultant on projects involving the implementation of advanced damping and isolation technologies in structures. He is also actively involved in the development and transfer into the market of new technologies developed through research carried out at the University of Toronto. He is a co-founder of U of T spinoff companies Cast Connex which specializes in cast steel connections and casting design and Kinetica Dynamics which markets the viscoelastic coupling damper for high-rise buildings.