Konstantinos Keremidis grew up on Samos, an island in the eastern part of Greece next to Turkey. As an undergraduate, he studied Civil Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, but had always hoped to study in the United States.
“My dream has always been studying in the US, since I have had strong influences from my family’s US education,” he said. He applied to MIT with encouragement from an advisor in Greece who had also studied here. “During the admission process, I was fortunate to be selected as a part of CSHub and engage in innovative and unconventional projects in Structural Engineering,” he said.
Konstantinos described his work with the CSHub as “simple yet elegant.” He is trying to bring Molecular Dynamics into Structural Engineering by developing representative models of structures and applying the principles of Newton’s Laws. “My goal is to use this technique to simulate inelastic behavior and obtain the fragility curves of buildings, which will be the input to LCA and LCCA analyses,” he said.
In his free time, Konstantinos enjoys watching documentaries or reading books on WWII; he said he finds this time period very interesting and future shaping. Also, because “MIT life is quite mentally demanding,” he enjoys participating in recreational activities, especially martial arts. His favorite quote is “practice makes perfect,” because, he said, it helps him to “improve and overcome obstacles and disappointments.”
Konstantinos said he really enjoys his work at MIT. “I think that the academic environment in the US treats students and faculty with utmost care and respect, as well as providing them with good quality facilities and research resources,” he said, adding that he can see himself pursuing a career in academia or research institute in the United States. However, because his work has a strong practical application, he is also considering working in industry at the start of his career.