Earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, structural reliability, system identification, advanced computational methods in structural analysis
Dr. Aspasia Zerva is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and an Affiliated Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Before joining Drexel University in 1989, she was Assistant Professor at the City College of the City University of New York. She also held appointments as Visiting Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, Visiting Associate (under an NSF Visiting Professorship POWRE award) in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the California Institute of Technology, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Aristoteleion University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She also served as Program Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Centers in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, Directorate for Engineering, at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Professor Zerva received her Diploma with Honors from the Department of Civil Engineering at the Aristoteleion University in Thessaloniki, Greece, her M.Sc. from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. from the Department of Civil Engineering also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her research interests span the areas of Engineering Seismology, with emphasis on the analysis of seismic spatial strong motion array data, modeling of spatially variable seismic ground motions, and wave propagation techniques, earthquake engineering, including linear and nonlinear dynamic response of complex structures, finite and boundary element modeling, and inverse problems in dynamics/system identification, and probabilistic methods, including structural reliability, random vibrations, model updating, simulation techniques and signal processing.