Dr. Ziotopoulou is currently an associate professor at UC Davis college of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her mission is to advance numerical simulation tools by making them better connected to the body of information on soil behavior and thus achieve seismic resilience and sustainability of geostructures. Together with her research group, her goals are to: (a) improve our understanding of the response of liquefiable soil-structure systems through advanced multi-scale experimental testing, (b) advance and perform reliable numerical simulations and develop usable simulation tools, and through these (c) facilitate advances in performance-based design across a range of foundation design and ground improvement methods. Her efforts have produced numerical tools that are currently widely used by research and practice nationally and internationally, towards assessing and managing risks associated with earthquake-induced ground failure.