Society of Columbia Graduates Name Prof. Deodatis "Great Teacher"

The Society of Columbia Graduates has named George Deodatis as one of its two recipients of the Annual Great Teachers Award.
Deodatis is the Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering at Columbia Engineering.
"Just teaching at my Alma Mater is a privilege,” he said. “The award provides encouraging feedback from our students—they are the reason we are all here—and makes me want to try harder to further improve my teaching. It is a great honor."
The society’s other winner is Mark Mazower, the Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies, chair of the history department, and director of the Center for International History at Columbia College.
Deodatis is no stranger to teaching awards. Before he came to Columbia Engineering in 2002, he taught at Princeton University, where he was awarded the Engineering Council’s Excellence in Teaching Award six times and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton’s highest teaching honor. He is extremely popular with Columbia students and was the recipient in 2003 of the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association based upon student nomination and support. More recently in 2009 he was one of the recipients of Columbia University’s Presidential Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.
Deodatis has also received numerous recognitions for his research including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and the American Society of Civil Engineers Walter Huber Research Prize. He is currently serving as the president of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability.
In Spring 2007, Deodatis was honored with the newly established Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. His research interests are in the area of probabilistic methods in civil engineering and engineering mechanics where he has contributed in developing theories and methodologies for simulation of stochastic processes and fields to model uncertain earthquake/wind/wave loads and material/soil properties. He is also active in the reliability and safety analysis of structures, stochastic mechanics, earthquake engineering, and risk assessment and risk management of civil infrastructure systems.


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