This bio is current as of 2022.
Christianos Burlotos is a structural engineer at Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers in Denver, Colorado. Primarily working in the healthcare industry, he analyzes and designs hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other medical facilities. Within his firm, Christianos is part of a team leading the effort to quantify and reduce embodied carbon in their projects, and he also serves on the Structural Engineering Institute's SE 2050 Subcommittee, which is focused on educating structural engineers on embodied carbon with the goal of achieving net zero structures by 2050. After graduating from ND in 2018, Christianos continued to work with his ISP advisor for another two years as a graduate student and earned his MS in Civil Engineering in 2020. As an undergraduate and graduate student, his research focused on the resilience of informal construction, housing finance, and housing delivery mechanisms in Haiti. Outside of academics, he was a member of NDSEED, the Glee Club, and the Climbing Club. Currently, he enjoys spending his Colorado weekends camping, trail running, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking.
This profile was current as of 2018, when he was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
I have been working with Dr. Taflanidis' Engineering to Empower (E2E) team to research and develop personal financial education curricula and tools for potential homeowners in Léogâne, Haiti. In Haiti's resource-constrained environment, very few people can afford to build a safe, multi-disaster resilient home. A lack of a formal supportive financing system further restricts all but the wealthy from investing in a safe personal residence. I work to bridge this gap by developing capacity-building tools and curricula for Haitians interested in improving their financial well-being to construct a seismically-sound, reinforced concrete framed home. Last spring, my team launched the Manyèl Finansye Pèsonèl, a 15-week workbook used to track personal finances. This year, we are utilizing insights gathered from this data to continue to develop and prototype tools and curricula.
I received a winter break research grant from the Kellogg Institute last January and travelled to Léogâne with the E2E team to prototype and test financial education tools with local focus groups. I have spent the past two summers working in the construction industry for Kiewit Bridge & Marine and Colony Home Builders. I am the Project Manager of Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development (NDSEED), a team of undergraduate engineers who design, fundraise, and facilitate the construction of a suspended footbridge in a rural community in Bolivia. I also sings in the Notre Dame Glee Club and serve as the Safety & Risk Management Officer of the Notre Dame Rock Climbing Club.
Sustainability and effectiveness of engineering outreach projects; infrastructure and community development; financial literacy
Research Interests: Infrastructure development, structurally safe housing in the developing world, slum communities, sustainability of engineering outreach projects, household financial literacy, financial behavioral change techniques
Current Research: I am currently working with Engineering 2 Empower and developing a household financial literacy curriculum to assist potential homeowners in Léogâne, Haiti in achieving home ownership.
Financial Literacy Program Implementation
Jan 30, 2017
In January of 2017, I traveled to Léogâne, Haiti to implement a piloted form of Engineering2Empower’s (E2E) new Financial Education Program and collect observations and data for future modification and widespread application of the project.