Biography

Education

  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 2007
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 2005
  • “Laurea” Degree, Civil Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, 2002


Appointments

  • Director, CITRIS Climate Initiative, CITRIS and The Banatao Institute, October 2021 – present
  • Co-Director, UC Davis Climate Adaptation Research Center, July 2019 – present
  • Professor, University of California Davis, July 2018 – present
  • Associate Professor, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, August 2013 – August 2018
  • Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, October 2007 – August 2013
  • Research Assistant, University of California at San Diego, April 2002 – September 2007


Awards

  • 2021     UC Davis Faculty Fellow for the Academy of Graduate Student Well-Being (inaugural cohort).
  • 2021     ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award for ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering.
  • 2021     Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • 2021     Eminent Engineer, Tau Beta Pi, CA-Lambda Chapter.
  • 2020     EMI Service Award, Distinguished service as Chair of the Dynamics Committee.
  • 2020     ASCE Sacramento Section Fredrick Panhost Structural Engineer Award.
  • 2020     ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.
  • 2019     ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award for Natural Hazards Review (ASCE).
  • 2019     UC Davis ACCELERATE Fellowship.
  • 2019     Fellow, Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI).
  • 2019     Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI).
  • 2018     EMI Service Award, Chair of the Dynamics Committee Student Paper Competition.
  • 2018     AISC Advancing Structural Steel Education Award.
  • 2017     LSU Service award.
  • 2017     LSU College of Engineering Longwell Award for Instructor Excellence.
  • 2016     Highly Cited Paper recognition, Structural Safety, Elsevier.
  • 2012     Best Paper Award for Young Experts for the 12th International Symposium on Structural Engineering (ISSE-12).
  • 2012     ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Structural Engineering.
  • 2012     LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.
  • 2011     ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Structural Engineering.
  • 2011     Junior Research Prize in the area of Development of Methodologies for Structural Dynamics, European Association for Structural Dynamics (EASD).
  • 2009     ASCE Moisseiff Award.
  • 2007     Outstanding Alumni 2007, Department of Structural Engineering, UC San Diego.
  • 2007     ICASP10 Overseas Student Scholarship.
  • 1995-2000        “Federazione Nazionale dei Cavalieri del Lavoro” Fellowship.


Professional Licenses

  • Professional Board of Engineers of Isernia (Italy), License # 371, 2002 – present
  • Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering, Louisiana, License # 38978, 2014 – present


Professional Memberships

  • AEI Member
  • EMI Charter Member (Fellow)
  • SEI Member (Fellow)
  • AISC Educator Member
  • ASCE Member (Fellow)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) Member
  • IALCCE Member
  • IABMAS Member
  • CERRA Member
  • ACI Member
  • IAWF Member
  • ASME Member
  • AAAS Member
  • Tau Beta Pi, CA-Lambda Chapter, Eminent Engineer Member


Full CV available on request