Konstantinos Gkoumas, PhD, PE

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About me

I hold a 5-year Laurea degree (equivalent with MEng + MSc) in civil engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome, and a Ph.D. from the same University in transport and infrastructures (with a Thesis on modelling public transport control strategies). I have also a post-doc experience at the Institute for Numerical and Applied Mathematics of the University of Göttingen.

I have a long-standing research record in different fields of civil engineering (with focus on transport and sustainability), with more than 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and national and international conferences. I served three years as Research Associate (“Assegnista di Ricerca”) at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of the Sapienza University of Rome (November 2011- November 2014) focusing on research related to the dependability of structures and energy harvesting for civil structures and infrastructures. During that period I co-advised five Master Theses. In the period 2003-2016 I had a long standing collaboration Franco Bontempi and the research group of Structural Analysis and Design. I am also qualified as Professional Engineer (PE) in Italy (Rome) and Greece.

I was co-founder and partner of the research spin-off company StroNGER S.r.l. (Structures of the New Generation: Energy harvesting and Resilience, 2012-2017), a start-up company that operated in the civil engineering sector, focusing on innovative topics. Within my involvement with StroNGER, I was principal enterpreneur for the ESA BIC (European Space Agency Business Incubator Center) project piezoTsensor (March 2014-June 2016). I have also a record in consulting business, and some professional experience in the private sector.

In 2016 I was co-chair of the 5th International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering (DCEE 2016) held on 6-8 October at the Sapienza University of Rome (ITALY).

From April 2017 to January 2023, I was Programme Officer at the Sustainable, Smart and Safe Mobility Unit of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (ITALY). My principal involvement was in the development and employment of tools and methodologies to advance the analytical capabilities of the European Commission's Transport Research Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS). My work was about promoting and strengthening the interface between science and transport policy, focusing on new and emerging technologies (e.g. drone delivery services, indirect Structural Health Monitoring, Hyperloop). In that period I co-authored more than 40 technical and science for policy European Union documents.

In the Academic Year 2017-2018 I served as research assistant for the course of Bridge Theory and Design at the Politecnico di Milano, held by Prof. Pier Giorgio Malerba.

In February 2023 I joined the European Research Executive Agency in Brussels. I work within the Communication and Policy Feedback sector, on data management and analysis in horizontal topics in the Agency's portfolio. My focus is on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), addressing both knowledge sharing and communication, and, policy monitoring and evaluation.

You can follow my research in research gate and google scholar.

I spend my free time in alpine skiing, SUP, scuba diving and capoeira. I am also a keen amateur photographer.

You can download my curriculum vitae, a short biographical sketch and my portfolio from the following links.

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