Dr. Constantin Christopoulos is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of the Structures Laboratories at the University of Toronto. Dr. Christopoulos received his bachelor and masters degrees from École Polytechnique de Montrèal and his PhD from the University of California, San Diego. His current research focuses on the development of new high-performance damping devices and systems particularly self-centering systems to enhance the response of buildings subjected to seismic loads. He is the author and co-author of more than 50 journal and conference technical papers, of a graduate textbook on Supplemental Damping and Seismic Isolation, and the co-inventor on several international patents. Dr. Christopoulos is a member of the CSA-S16 Steel Code Committee in Canada and has been involved in a number of high-profile international consulting projects involving the implementation of damping and isolation devices in structures.