Dr. Luigi Di Sarno

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Dr. Luigi Di Sarno is Professor in Earthquake Engineering at the Engineering Department, University of Sannio at Benevento, Italy. He obtained his PhD in Structural Engineering from University of Salerno, in Italy. He also holds a MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Design and a MSc in Structural Steel Design both from Imperial College, London, UK. Dr. Di Sarno has been Visiting Professor at the Mid-America Earthquake Center, headquartered at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, since 2003. More recently, he became Honorary Member Staff at the College of Engineering, University of Bristol, UK. Other visiting appointments include Imperial College of London (UK), University of Toronto (Canada) and Bogazici University (Turkey).

He is currently working on large projects for the State Emergency Management Agency (DPC), Italian Ministry of Education and Research and European Community, the District for Constructions STRESS and AMRA Scarl.

He is acting as team-member of the RELUIS Consortium, which is a headquartered in the Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples, Federico II. He is Co-PI of EU-funded research projects dealing with the seismic assessment and retrofitting of existing monumental and RC buildings, pseudo-dynamic and shaking table experimental tests on existing bridges, advanced hybrid tests for seismic soil-structure interaction, seismic response of natural gas pipelines and resilience of petrochemical plants. He is part of a well-funded research group based in the University of Sannio, Benevento, and University of Naples Federico II, with a large portfolio of projects from private industry, state agencies, federal agencies, and international government and private entities. Luigi teaches many different courses in Benevento in Italy. He also had teaching duties in postgraduate courses while staying at UIUC, in Illinois.

Dr. Di Sarno acts as a technical reviewer of several international journals dealing with structural analysis and design, seismic assessment and vulnerability. He is part of the editorial board of international journals dealing with structural engineering.

Dr. Di Sarno’s research interests include:

  • seismic analysis, design and retrofitting of residential buildings, health care facilities, critical facilities and bridges, especially with base isolation and supplemental damping;
  • analysis and design of tall buildings subjected to extreme loads,
  • advanced experimental testing and numerical simulation.

Dr. Di Sarno has authored more than 250 research publications, including refereed journals, conference papers, research reports, book chapters and field investigation reports. He has co-authored with Professor A.S. Elnashai the book: Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering, edited by Wiley & Sons.

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