Theodore Matikas


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Nondestructive evaluation (NDE), structural health monitoring, mechanical behavior of aging structures, composites interfaces, smart sensor phenomena, damage parameters, life prediction

Professor Matikas specializes in the development of structural health monitoring methodologies for the quantification of damage and life prediction of materials and structures under complex mechanical (LCF/HCF, FOD, TMF, fretting fatigue), thermal, environmental, diffusion and other loading conditions. Research interests include: aging structures in aerospace, nuclear, civil, cultural heritage and biomedical engineering applications; development of advanced NDE methods (ultrasonics, acoustic emission, acoustic microscopy, nonlinear acoustics, IR thermography, electrical methods, diffraction techniques, interferometric techniques) for real-time evaluation of damage in metallic alloys, coatings, composites, ceramics, nano-structured materials and coatings, functional and smart materials, bio-materials, cement-based materials, phononic metamaterials. 3D digital documentation and assessment of cultural heritage monuments. Safety of packaging materials.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mecanique des Solides et des Structures, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France, 1991.
  • D.E.A., Mecanique Appliquee et Materiaux, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France, 1987.
  • B.S., Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1983.

Career History

Awards and Recognition

  • Wohlleben/Hochwal Award for Excellence in Research, USA (1995)
  • National Research Council Associateship Award, National Academies of Sciences and Engineering,(1991 and 1992)
  • Research Fellowship, European Commission (1988-1991)
  • Research Fellowship, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (1987-1988)
  • Invited panel member in NATO/AGARD (Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development workshops.
  • He served as Chairman and member of Program, Scientific and Organizing Committees in several international conferences. In particular, he chairs or co-chairs SPIE’s (International Society for Optical Engineering) Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems Integration conference since 2010.

Professional Activities

  • Member of RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures), 2011-present.
  • Independent international senior expert of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2004-present.
  • Member of the Nuclear Security Guidance Committee (UN-IAEA), since May 2012 (3-year term).
  • Head of the group of independent international experts for the "Ex-post Evaluation of the European Radiation Protection Policy (2000-2006)", European Commission.
  • Evaluator of the European Policy in matters of Energy and Transport: “Ex ante Evaluation of the 7th Framework Program for Research and Technological Development in the field of Energy and Transport (2006-2010)”, European Commission.
  • National Scientific Expert in EU for the 7th Program Framework in the area of Nuclear Fusion, 2006 2009.
  • National Scientific Expert in EU for the 6th Program Framework in the area of Aeronautics and space, 2004 2006.
  • Member of the Technical Council of the University of Ioannina
  • Editor of 6 books, invited Guest Editor of 4 special issues of scientific journals, (co)author of 12 book chapters, including a chapter in the Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook published by John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Over 250 presentations in international conferences and symposia (over 50 invited presentations).
  • Over 300 scientific publications in peer reviewed archival journals and conference proceedings.
  • Six disclosures of invention.