Dr. Maragakis received his BS degree in Civil Engineering (CE) in 1980 from National Technical University of Athens, Greece and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in CE from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1981 and 1984 respectively. He joined the faculty of the CE Department at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 1984, was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and full professor in 1994. He chaired the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department from 1994 until 2008. In 2008 he was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. He was appointed as Dean of the College in 2009 following a national search. In 2005 he was awarded the title of UNR Foundation Professor.
Dr. Maragakis' research emphasis is in earthquake engineering. He has received several sizable competitive grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal, state and private funding organizations. In June 2007 he was awarded a $3.6M NSF Grand Challenge project on the study of the seismic response of nonstructural systems. As the leader of this project, he is coordinating the efforts of researchers and practitioners from 23 institutions around the country and the world. He has authored or co-authored over 185 publications in journals, proceedings and technical reports. He was the founding chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Committee on the Seismic Design of Bridges (2000-2006). He has organized several international meetings and has delivered numerous invited presentations. Dr. Maragakis has taught a wide variety of fundamental undergraduate and advanced graduate courses related to structural and earthquake engineering as well computer applications and numerical analysis.
The College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno has set the vision of achieving measurable national and international recognition. To achieve this vision the College is focusing on excellence in its educational, research and outreach programs. A central part of its mission is to contribute, through its educational, research and outreach programs, to the economic growth of the state and the nation. The College currently offers nine undergraduate majors and a variety of nationally competitive master's and doctoral degree programs, all focusing on a globally competitive engineering and computer science education. It has state-of-the-art facilities, some of them internationally known, and is engaged in major outreach activities at the local, regional, national and international levels.