CV

Positions

University College London, UK

2018 - present Research Fellow in Earthquake and Tsunami Engineering

The main focus of my research is the development of new engineering tools for estimating the impact of tsunami on the built environment in coastal regions across the world. My work aims to generate methods that integrate the design and assessment of buildings for tsunami and sequential earthquake-tsunami loadings, with emphasis on critical structures in developed and developing countries, e.g. analytical tools for design of buildings to tsunami loading and tsunami risk assessment of education & healthcare facilities through field survey activities.

Resilience of Schools to Extreme Coastal Flooding Loads

Funder: UCL GCRF Small Grants (£100k), Research England

PI: Prof. Tiziana Rossetto; Co-I: Prof. Ian Eames and Dr Marco Baiguera

From January to July 2020

Increasing Resilience of Schools in Indonesia to earthquake Shaking and Tsunami (i-Resist)

Funder: UCL GCRF Small Grants (£100k), Research England

PI: Dr Carmine Galasso ; Co-I: Prof. Tiziana Rossetto

From May to June 2019

Hospital Engineering Assessment for Resilience to Tsunami & Storm Surge in Sri Lanka

(HEARTS-SL)

Funder: UCL GCRF Small Grants (£100k), Research England

PI: Prof. Tiziana Rossetto; Co-I: Prof Ian Eames, Dr Carmine Galasso

From January to April 2019

Sequential Earthquake and Tsunami Fragility of Buildings

Funder: Willis Research Network (WRN)

Supervisors: Dr Crescenzo Petrone (Willis Towers Watson) and Prof. Tiziana Rossetto

WRN funded my work from August to October 2019

Funder: ERC Starting Grant (awarded to Prof. Tiziana Rossetto)

From January to December 2018

International Partners: Prof. Ian Roberston (University of Hawaii at Manoa); Prof. Juan Carlos de La Llera (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)

Teaching Experience

University College London, UK

2018 - present Teaching Assistant

Seismic Risk Assessment (CEGE0033), MSc in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management

  • I designed and delivered lectures and tutorials in structural vulnerability assessment.

  • I helped organising and delivering a week-long field trip to Central Italy, struck by major earthquakes in 2016. The fieldwork showed students the extent of earthquake destruction and the latest structural restoration and strengthening techniques.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

2014 - 2017 Teaching Assistant

Mechanics B (D27MB) and Introduction to Materials (D27IM), MEng in Civil Engineering

Awards

  • 10/2020: Member (elected) of Young Member’s Subcommittee of UK Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED)

  • 04/2020: Co-authored article titled "Comparative assessment of nonlinear static and dynamic methods for analysing building response under sequential earthquake and tsunami" among 10% most downloaded papers on Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics (EESD)

  • 03/2017: Associate Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA

  • 12/2016: Best Steel Structures Paper Award at 8th International Conference on Steel and Aluminium Structures (ICSAS 2016), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • 10/2016: Queen's Jubilee Scholarship Trust Travel Award (Institution of Civil Engineers, UK) for participating at ICSAS 2016, Hong Kong

  • 04/2016: Best Poster Award at 18th Young Researchers’ Conference, UK Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), London. Top 20 posters presenting to two special panels of reviewers, first ranked

  • 12/2015: Best Paper Award at 3rd Infrastructure and Environment Scotland Conference (IES), Edinburgh. Among top 3 papers out of 24 presented.

  • 06/2015: Associate Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Invited Talks

  • 09/2020: Invited talk titled “Advances in the Tsunami Design and Assessment of Buildings” to UK Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED). Recording available here.

  • 03/2019: Invited presentation to ASCE 7-22 Tsunami Loads and Effects Subcommittee, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA (online)

  • 07/2018: Invited talk to Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Department of Civil and Geotechnical Engineering, Santiago, Chile

  • 07/2017: Invited talk titled “Seismic resilience: how to minimise damage in steel structures” to 1st Young Engineers’ Conference, UK Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), London

Education

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

  • 2014 - 2017 Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (conferred January 2018)

Thesis: "An Innovative Dual Concentrically-Braced Moment-Resisting Steel Frame for Increased Seismic Resilience"

Primary supervisor: Dr George Vasdravellis. Secondary supervisor: Prof. Omar Laghrouche. External supervisor: Prof. Theodore L. Karavasilis

University of Brescia, Italy

  • 2010 - 2013 MSc in Civil Engineering, 110/110 cum laude

  • 2010 - 2011 Erasmus exchange year at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Thesis: "Numerical and Experimental Study on All-steel Buckling-Restrained Braces" (in Italian)

EUROSTEEL Conference Paper: "Experimental and Numerical Analysis on The Core Lateral Thrust in Bolted BRBs" (in English) - RG link

Supervisors: Prof. Giovanni Metelli, Prof. Francesco Genna, Dr. Guido Bregoli

University of Brescia, Italy

  • 2007 - 2010 BSc in Civil Engineering, 100/110

Liceo Scientifico Statale "Annibale Calini", Brescia, Italy

  • 2002 - 2007 Secondary School Diploma in Scientific Studies

Service/Professional Memberships

  • Referee – Journals: Engineering Structures, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Thin-Walled Structures, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Disasters ODI

  • Professional Memberships: Graduate Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE, UK) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE, UK); Associate Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Member of Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT, UK) and UK Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED)