Professor Michael Petrou is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cyprus. He served as the Chair of the Department for three years. He has been a Professor/Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cyprus since 2004. Prior to this appointment, he worked as an Associate/Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, U.S.A. and as an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly, Greece. He received a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1987 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, U.S.A. in 1991 and 1993 respectively. Professor Petrou has more than 23 years of teaching experience of undergraduate and graduate courses. He has been awarded the A.S.E.E. Southeastern Section Outstanding Teaching Award in 2001 and the James M. Robins Excellence in Teaching Award (Chi Epsilon Southern District, 1999). He possesses significant experience of supervision of 4 doctoral, 2 postdoctoral and 30 master researchers. He helped both post-doctoral researchers to develop their research/academic careers reaching their full potential. One of them (Dr. Baolin Wan) is an associate professor at Marquette University, U.S.A. and the other (Dr. Antonios Kanellopoulos) is a research associate at Cambridge University in the UK. Such experience is crucial for the successful completion of the proposed research project. Professor Petrou is best known for his expertise in building materials, in what comprises a perfect match for the proposed research. He is also the Director of the laboratories in which the research work will be conducted: the Building Materials and the Structures and Concrete Technology Laboratories. He has been the author/co-author of 117 research publications, including 46 refereed journal publications. He received more than €3.8 million in research funding for a total of 32 projects. He was the principal investigator for 18 research projects. Funding sources include private, state, and federal agencies mainly from the U.S.A. and Europe such as the National Science Foundation, South Carolina Department of Transportation, U.S. Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Westinghouse Savannah River Company, University of Cyprus, Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and European Commission.