Ioannis Zevgolis

Associate Professor

Scientific Field: Geotechnical Engineering in mining and civil works

School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering
Iroon Polytechniou 9 str., GR15773 Zografou Campus, Athens, Greece

Office 2.39, 2nd floor
+30 210 7722194



Dr. Ioannis Zevgolis holds a Diploma (equivalent to MEng) in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from N.T.U.A. (2002), and an MSc (2003) and a PhD (2007) degree in geotechnical engineering from Purdue University (USA). During his graduate studies at Purdue (2002-07), he was a research and teaching assistant at the School of Civil Engineering. During the period 2008-13, he worked in the industry as a geotechnical engineer and as a mining engineer. In 2013-14, he worked as a researcher at the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH). From 2014 to 2019, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Mineral Resources Engineering of the Technical University of Crete (2010, 2011). He has been at the N.T.U.A. since December 2019.

His research interests lie in the fields of (1) applications of geotechnics in the mining and extractive industry, (2) uncertainty, reliability,  and risk in geotechnical engineering, and (3) numerical analysis of geostructures. He has participated in 19 research projects (8 European, 8 national, and 3 in the USA), and he has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has been a regular peer reviewer in scientific journals and an evaluator or external expert on behalf of Greek and European funding agencies. He has been a member of scientific committees at 10 international conferences. He is a member of the "TC221 Tailing and Mine Wastes" and "TC304 Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management" of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and of the “TC Georisk Assessment and Mitigation” of the International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGDR).

  1. Zevgolis, I.E., Bourdeau, P.L. (2017). Reliability and Redundancy of the Internal Stability of Reinforced Soil Walls, Computers and Geotechnics, 84: 152-163,

  2. Zevgolis, I.E., Daffas, Z.Α. (2018). System Reliability Assessment of Soil Nail Walls, Computers and Geotechnics, 98: 232-242,

  3. Zevgolis, I.E. (2018). A Finite Element Investigation on Displacements of Reinforced Soil Walls Under the Effect of Typical Traffic Load, Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology, Springer, 5(3):231-249,

  4. Zevgolis, I.E., Deliveris, A.V., Koukouzas, N.C. (2018). Probabilistic design optimization and simplified geotechnical risk analysis for large open pit excavations, Computers and Geotechnics, 103: 153-164,

  5. Deliveris, A.V., Zevgolis, I.E., Koukouzas, N.C. (2021). Progressive failure of slopes: stochastic simulation based on transition probabilities and Markov chains, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 39(6), 4491-4510,

  6. Zevgolis, I.E., Theocharis, A.Ι., Deliveris, A.V., Koukouzas, N.C., Roumpos, C., Marshall, A.M. (2021). Geotechnical characterization of fine-grained spoil material from surface coal mines, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 147(7), 04021050

  7. Mikroutsikos, A., Theocharis, A.I., Koukouzas, N.C., Zevgolis, I.E. (2021). Slope stability of deep surface coal mines in the presence of a weak zone, Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-energy and Geo-resources, 7(3) 66,

  8. Theocharis, A.I., Zevgolis, I.E., Deliveris, A.V., Karametou, R., Koukouzas, N.C. (2022). From climate conditions to the numerical slope stability analysis of surface coal mines, Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 12(3), 1538,

  9. Deliveris, A.V., Theocharis, A.I., Koukouzas, N.C., Zevgolis, I.E. (2022). Numerical slope stability analysis of deep excavations under rainfall infiltration. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 40:4023–4039,

  10. Theocharis, Α.Ι., Zevgolis, Ι.Ε., Roumpos, C., Koukouzas, N.C. (2022). 3D numerical analysis for the valorization potential of spoil heaps by shallow foundations. Sustainability, 14(12), 7363,

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Undergraduate Courses

  • Historic evolution of Mining & Metallurgy (1st semester)

  • Health and Safety (7th semester).

  • Rock Mechanics (7th semester)

  • Soil Mechanics (8th semester)

  • Practical Training II / Internship (8th semester)

  • Principles of Foundations and Retaining Structures (9th semester)

  • Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering (9th semester)

Postgraduate Courses

  • Geotechnical and Geophysical Investigations (A' semester), MSc Design and Construction of Underground Works