TEAM

Georgios Tsampras

Group Advisor

Carlos Franco Mayorga

PhD Student

Kyoungyeon (Yeon) Lee

MS Student

Kaixin Chen

PhD Student

Georgios Tsampras

Group Advisor and Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering

Georgios is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego. His teaching and research activities focus on structures and civil infrastructures. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2020, Georgios was a Falcon Vehicle Structures Engineer at SpaceX. His work at SpaceX focused on the damage tolerance analysis for the reuse certification of flight critical hardware and the plumbing distributed propulsion systems in Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles. He also has experience as an engineering consultant in the Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure division at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc (SGH). His work at SGH focused on engineering mechanics, failure analyses of structural and non-structural components, analysis and structural evaluation of safety-related structures in a nuclear power plant, finite element analysis of structures and civil infrastructures, probabilistic analyses, and data analytics.

Georgios earned his doctoral degree from Lehigh University in 2016. During his time at Lehigh University, he focused on the development and evaluation of a force-limiting deformable connection for earthquake-resistant buildings using component level full-scale tests, and system level shake-table tests and dynamic structural analysis. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Excellent Presentation Award of the Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering in Tokyo. In 2014, he was named P.C. Rossin Doctoral Fellow by the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University.

Carlos Franco Mayorga

PhD Student in Structural Engineering

Franco is a PhD Student in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego. His research focuses on the design of buildings with force-limiting connections. Franco has experience from research, teaching, and practice. Before joining Tsampras Research Group, Franco was a research engineer in the field of Stochastic Computational Mechanics at Santa Maria Technical University in Chile. During that time, he also served as a Lecturer for two courses entitled “Approximate Structural Analysis” and “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures”. Additionally, Franco has worked as a structural engineering consultant in Chile, where he analyzed and designed civil structural systems consisting of reinforced concrete, steel, timber, and masonry materials.

Franco earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from Santa Maria Technical University in 2015. In his Master’s thesis he focused on the development of a novel simulation-based method to assess the sensitivity of the reliability of structures subjected to strong ground motions. In 2015, he was named the best Civil Engineering graduate and he received the academic distinction “Federico Santa Maria”. He was the recipient of the Conicyt Fellowship for National Master’s Students in Chile, the Anid Fellowship for PhD students outside of Chile, and a first year Fellowship from the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego.

Kyoungyeon (Yeon) Lee

MSc Student in Structural Engineering

Kyoungyeon is a Master's student in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego. She is interested in studying the seismic response of earthquake-resisting systems. Before joining UC San Diego, she worked as a structural engineer at KP Engineering and at Midas IT in Korea, where she has gained experience in design and assessment of structures.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Architecture from Hongik University in 2016. During her time at Hongik University, she received the Scholarship for Excellent Academic Records and the Merit Scholarship for Vice President of Department Student Council.

Kaixin Chen

PhD Student in Structural Engineering


Kaixin is a PhD Student in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego. His research focuses on the mechanical properties of friction devices and the development of future-generation friction-based force-limiting deformable connections. Before joining Tsampras Research Group, he worked as a graduate research assistant in Georgia Institute of Technology on a Georgia Department of Transportation funded project, in which he was responsible for developing ArcGIS-based tools for vehicle locating data analysis.


Kaixin earned his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2021 and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (Structural Stream) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2015. In his undergraduate research, he was involved in the project of Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) based low-damage structural systems. In those projects, Kaixin was responsible for building up numerical analysis models and for experimental testing. His final year project, entitled “Numerical study of rocking steel columns with shape memory alloy bolts and replaceable steel angle fuses”, was awarded the “Best Final Year Project Award” by ASCE Hong Kong Section. He was the recipient of “Outstanding Student Award of Faculty of Construction and Environment” of HK PolyU, which is one of the most honorable awards for PolyU students. He was also awarded the Structural Engineering Distinguished Fellowship at UC San Diego.