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a.    Nonlinear behaviour of structures

b.    Structural robustness and progressive collapse.

c.    Structural behaviour under fire.

Other information

  • Memeber of the Advisory Board of the 5th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2-4 September 2013 - Organizer of a special session on "The Role of Collapse Safety in the Design of Sustainable Structures" at the same conference.
  • "Member of the National Organizing commitee of the 6th International Conference on Bridge Maintanance, Safety and Management (IABMAS 2012), Lake Maggiore, Italy, on 12-16 July 2012 - Organizer of a special session on "Vulnerability of Bridges to Fire and Explosion" at the same conference.
  • Charperson in several international conferences.
  • Coordination of a consortium of 13 international institutions for the preparation of a research proposal for the FP7 program on the topic of Infrastructure Resilience, submitted on Decemeber 2011.
  • Organizer of a special session on "Fire Safety Design" in the 4th international conference on Structural Engineering Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2010), Cape Town, South Africa, 8 September 2010;
  • Member of the International Association of Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS).

International Experience:

Visiting researcher at the Baustatik und Stahlbau Department (leader Prof. Starossek) of the “Teschnische Universitaet Hamburg-Harburg” (TUHH) in Hamburg, Germany, during the periods:

  • April'08-October'09 as visiting researcher
  • November´04-July'05 for the preparation of part of the Master thesis

Exchange student at the Universitaet Carolo-Wilhelmina of Braunschweig, Germany, during the period May-October'99, in the framework of the Erasmus program. 

Language Skills:
Italian (mother tongue)
English (advanced)
German (advanced)
Danish (intermediate)
French (basics)

Research areas


  1. Performance-based design for exceptional actions Capacity design for fire, impact, explosion
  2. Nonlinear behavior of structures: Theoretical framework and modeling
  3. Structural robustness Assessment and progressive collapse investigations
  4. Structural fire safety Effects of fire and explosion on structures Fire-induced collapse mechanisms


  • FEM programs: Abaqus, Ansys, SAP2000, Diana, Strand7
  • CFD programs: FDS, Pirosym, FLACS
  • Programming languages: Visual Basic .Net, APDL, Java (basic), Pascal.
    A software for the verification of prestressed concrete sections has been developed with Visual
    A program for the verification of structural robustness has been developed with APDL (Ansys Parametric Design Language)
  • Operating systems: Windows and main Microsoft application suites (Word, Power Point, Excel, Visual Studio); Basic knowledge of Linux

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Structural Engineering, PhD

Award Date: 27 Apr 2009


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