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Contacts

The project team is constituted by 24 persons among professors, researchers and engineers gathered from 8 partners.

Alessandro Marzani, PI

Project coordinator - University of Bologna

- Associate professor of Structural Mechanics (since 21/10/2014).
- Coordinator of the PhD Program “Structural and Environmental Health Monitoring and Management - SEHM2”, University of Bologna (since 17/03/2017).
- Coordinator of the "Smart Materials and Structural Health Monitoring - SMASH" research group, University of Bologna, Italy (since 06/2008).

Antonio Palermo, Co-PI

University of Bologna

Antonio Palermo is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering at the University of Bologna. His research interests lie at the intersection between applied physics, solid mechanics, and civil engineering with the aim of designing novel materials and structures for elastic wave propagation control. 

Farhad Zeighami

University of Bologna

Farhad Zeighami is a Ph.D. student of the SEHM2 course (33rd cycle) at the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna. His current research project entitles "Periodic and resonant Metamaterials for seismic waves control" which focuses on the study and design of seismic metastructures for seismic vibration attenuation with the application of enhancing the resilience and protection of critical structures or infrastructures against surface elastic waves. He studied Master of Science (M.Sc.) in International Civil Engineering course, Structural Engineering curriculum, at the University of Bologna under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Marzani and co-supervision of Dr. Antonio Palermo with final dissertation thesis entitled: "Sub-wavelength resonators as seismic Rayleigh waves shield". 

Zhibao Cheng

Beijing Jiaotong University and University of Bologna

Zhibao Cheng is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Structural Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering in Beijing Jiaotong University. Since Dec.2018, he joined the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering (DICAM) of University of Bologna as a visiting professor.  He obtained his Ph.D. Degree from the School of Civil Engineering in Beijing Jiaotong University and received his Bachelor Degree from the School of Civil Engineering at Hunan University.  His research interests lie in the areas of seismic isolation and vibration mitigation, wave propagation in periodic structures, numerical methods, and simulations. 

Roberto Carli

University of Bologna

Oreste S. Bursi

University of Trento

Oreste S. Bursi graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padua in 1984, and achieved his PhD. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. He interacted with, invited, financially supported and coordinated a number of visiting professors and scientists. See Benson Shing, Heterogeneous Substructuring, University of California, San Diego, (USA). Masayoshi Nakashima, Heterogeneous Substructuring, Kyoto University, (JP). R. Tremblay, Earthquake Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, (CA). Bin Wu, Numerical Methods in Structural Dynamics, Harbin Institute of Technology, (PRC). D. P. Stoten, S.D. Neild, Control Engineering, University of Bristol, (UK). David J. Wagg, Dynamic Substructuring, University of Sheffield, (UK). P. Pegon, F.J. Molina, Numerical methods in structural dynamics, Joint Research Centre, EU, Ispra, (I). J-P Jaspart, J-M Franssen, Steel Connnection modelling under static/fire loadings, Université de Liège, (BE). These successful interactions resulted in a large number of journal publications, published in the top journals of Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Numerical Methods and Control (91 ISI articles, 48 of which co-authored with partners from foreign Universities).

Nicola Tondini

University of Trento

Nicola Tondini received his PhD in Structural Engineering at the University of Trento in 2009. He is currently Assistant Professor of Structural Analysis and Design at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Trento. His research interests mainly involve the behaviour of structures subjected to accidental actions such as fire and earthquake. He has been a FP7 Marie-Curie fellow with a project on the behaviour of steel- concrete composite structures subjected to fire and seismic loading. He interacted and collaborated with a number of researchers: Jean-Marc Franssen, Fire resistance of structures, University of Liege, Belgium; Olivier Vassart, Fire resistance of structures, ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg; Bozidar Stojadinovic, Earthquake engineering and thermomechanical coupling; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Jean-Marc Battini, Computational mechanics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden; Oreste S. Bursi, Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, University of Trento, Italy. He has been currently member of the Project Team “Mandate M/515 phase 1 tasks for the development of the 2nd generation of EN Eurocodes. STC1 EN1991-1-2: Actions on structures exposed to fire”.

Moritz Wenzel

University of Trento

Moritz Wenzel is Marie Curie Ph.D. student in the Innovative Training Network H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016, “Extreme loading analysis of petrochemical plants and design of metamaterial-based shields for enhanced resilience - XP-RESILIENCE”. His research project deals with the Analysis and risk assessment of petrochemical plants endowed with innovative metamaterial-based shields under seismic/fire loadings. He got his Master Degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna.

Carlo Giovanni Lai

University of Pavia

- Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pavia (Italy). Since 2016.
- Advisor at EUCENTRE (Pavia,Italy) of the Department of Risk Scenarios. Since 2003.
- Affiliate faculty at the University School for Advanced Studies IUSS, Pavia (Italy). Since 2006.

His main research interests are in earthquake geotechnical engineering and engineering seismology with special regard to stochastic ground response analyses, probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard assessment, propagation of Rayleigh waves in dissipative continua, solution of dynamic soil-structure interaction problems, definition of the design earthquake at construction sites.

He has been coordinator of several research projects on various subjects of earthquake geotechnical engineering and engineering seismology funded by public as well as private agencies in Italy and abroad.

Currently he is the technical lead of a European research project on the assessment and mitigation of soil liquefaction potential across Europe.

Eleni Chatzi

ETH Zürich

Eleni Chatzi is currently an Associate Professor, and the Chair of Structural Mechanics, at the Institute of Structural Engineering, of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (DBAUG), ETH Zürich. She has obtained her diploma (2004) and MSc (2006) in Civil Engineering, with honors, from the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). In June 2010 she obtained her PhD Degree with distinction from the Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. In 2010 she was hired as the youngest Assistant Professor in ETH, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2017.

Vasilis K. Dertimanis

ETH Zürich

Vasilis Dertimanis is a Senior Assistant, received his PhD from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in the area of modeling and identification of faults in mechanical and structural systems. His research interests lie in the areas of structural identification and health monitoring, linear and nonlinear state estimation, active and passive structural control, hybrid testing and optimization. 

Giuseppe Abbiati

ETH Zürich

Giuseppe Abbiati joined the Chair of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering as Postdoc on September 2014 after attaining a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. Here, he is currently developing hybrid simulation methods for civil, mechanical and aerospace structures subjected to both thermal and mechanical loads.

Andrea Colombi

ETH Zürich

Andrea Colombi got his PhD in Seismology at ETH Zurich 2013 where he specialized in computational elastodynamics for complex media, inverse problems and high performance computing. Thanks to a fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundations, he spent 18 months at ISTerre Grenoble (France) working on the experimental and numerical characterization of complex media, resonant metamaterials and the dynamic interactions in a cluster of closely spaced buildings. In 2015 his research on metamaterials has been boosted by a Marie Curie Fellowship at Imperial College where he is now working for a broad application of elastic metamaterials in several fields of wave physics. Andrea has won a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at ETH where he will move from ICL in May 2018.

Ioannis Antoniadis

National Technical University of Athens

Ioannis Antoniadis is a Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA and the director of the Laboratory of Dynamics and Structures and of the Vehicle systems design. His research interests include dynamic analysis and condition monitoring of structures and electromechanical systems, smart materials, control and monitoring of power systems and plants. He has coordinated or participated as principal researcher in more than 20 international and national research projects, he is the author or co-author of 3 books and academic course notes and of more than 130 reviewed papers in international journals and conferences. He is cooperating for 30 years as a technical project leader/technical consultant with a large number of established Greek and international companies with special emphasis to power-plants, like GE, Siemens, ABB, ALSTOM, DaimlerCrysler, PPC, Pechiney/Greece, Greek Railways, Greek Petroleum, METKA S.Α. etc, 

Ioannis E Sapountzakis

National Technical University of Athens

Ioannis Sapountzakis, is a PHD student at DSL/NTUA under the tentative title: ‘’Applications of Meta-Material in the Improvement of the Dynamic Behaviour of Structures. He hold a Degree of Mechanical Engineering from NTUA (M.Eng. equivalent). During 2013-2015 performed research at Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics  under the supervision of Prof. M. H. Aliabadi in the field of  Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics and finished with merit his Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Diploma of Imperial College (D.I.C.) in ''Advanced Computational Methods for Aeronautics, Flow Management & Fluid Structure Interaction''. 

Konstantinos Kapasakalis

National Technical University of Athens

Kontantinos Kapasakalis, is a PHD student at NTUA – School of Civil Engineering under the title: “Contribution to the Isolation of Structures Under Dynamic Loading”. He holds a Degree of Civil Engineering from NTUA (M.Eng. equivalent). During 2015-2017 performed research at NTUA – Institute of Structural Analysis and Antiseismic Research under the supervision of Prof. E. J. Sapountzakis entitled “Contribution to Vibration Isolation of Wind Turbines” and finished with merit his Master of Science (M.Sc.) in “Analysis and Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures”.

Jeffrey L. Cipolla

Thornton Tomasetti Inc.

Jeffrey Cipolla has over 21 years of experience in engineering mechanics, numerical simulations, project planning and management. From high school, he worked at IBM as a TJ Watson Scholar, in the areas of circuit packaging, printing mechanics, and process technology. Graduating with degrees in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1985, and a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 1992, Dr. Cipolla has led numerous projects in computational modeling and advanced software development in a variety of special areas: structural acoustics, acoustic cloaking and metamaterials, blast, underwater shock, radiation heat transfer, reduced-order models, nonlinear dynamics, circuit packaging, and composites. After graduation from Cornell, he worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, and then served as Principal at Abaqus, Inc. (now Simulia) as the lead developer and architect for structural acoustics and UNDEX. Now he develops, manages, and exercises technical leadership for several US Navy technology projects. He has given seminars at Boston University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, University of Rhode Island, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Naval War College, and elsewhere.

Heather M Reed

Thornton Tomasetti Inc.

Heather M Reed has worked on research projects spanning the areas of high-fidelity, physics-based simulations; model-based, Bayesian statistical data inversion; uncertainty quantification, sensitivity analysis, risk, and reliability; statistical information-based sampling; multi-physics simulations; and reduced order modeling techniques. Dr. Reed has worked on implementing and validating statistical structural damage assessment tools funded by the Department of Defense. Dr. Reed has significant experience with statistical analyses such as Monte Carlo methods; uncertainty quantification; Bayesian statistics; and statistical sampling importance. Dr. Reed has developed an extreme event, structural risk computational framework that randomly samples potential structural threats and assesses the resulting risk and reliability.

Elisabeth Malsch

Thornton Tomasetti Inc.

Elisabeth Malsch joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2005 and is the head of the Advanced Analytics group. She has more than 15 years of experience in modeling the mechanical behavior of structures, and for the past twelve years, has focused on structural analysis and design, specializing in investigative projects and restoration of historic structures. Dr. Malsch is proficient in static, dynamic, and nonlinear analysis and evaluation of buildings, parking garages, space frames, domes and scaffolds under the effects of wind, seismic forces, vibration and blast loads.

Orlando Fabio Stirnimann

Mageba sa

Giancarlo Rocchi

Mageba sa

Simon Hoffmann

Mageba sa

Giulio Dal Forno

Envia Studio Associato

Giacomo Mazzoni

Envia Studio Associato