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Short biography


Master Degree cum laude earned at University of Palermo (2008), he took his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering (2012) presenting the final work “Theoretical and experimental analysis of D-regions in RC members”. He was post-doctoral researcher at University of Enna “Kore” since May 2012 to December 2014, giving the course of "Design of RC structures" for the M.Deg. in Architecture.

Assistant Professor at University of Palermo since October 2016, he currently gives the course of “Analysis and design of structural rehabilitation of buildings” for the M.Deg. in Building Engineering and "Fundamentals of structural design" for the M.Deg. in Environmental Engineering.

His research interests are in the field of Structural, Civil, Materials and Earthquake Engineering, with reference to: structural mechanics of RC members retrofitted with RC jackets; use of composite materials FRP and FRCM for structural upgrading; mechanics of FRCM composites; design optimization of retrofitting methods for existing buildings; confinement effects on RC columns; modelling D-regions (deep beams, corbels, members with openings); use of laminated glass for structural applications; second order effects on the compressive behaviour of reinforcing steel bars.

He is author of several papers on international peer reviewed journals; speaker for different national and international conferences and symposia. 

He is currently member of the editorial board of the following international scientific journals:

Structural Engineering and Mechanics (Techno-Press, ISSN: 1225-4568), Computers and Concrete (Techno-Press, ISSN: 1598-8198), Fibers (MDPI, ISSN 2079-6439), Advances in Civil Engineering (Hindawi, ISSN: 1687-8086), Mathematical Problems in Engineering (Hindawi, ISSN: 1024-123X),  The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal (Bentham Open, ISSN: 1874-8368).


Potential topics for final works

The following topics are available for the development of the final works (thesis) of the Master Degree:

- development of an uniaxial model for the numerical simulation of the tensile behaviour of FRCM composites;

- comparative study on structural analysis methods of irregular existing buildings;

- use of the genetic optimization for the structural retrofitting of plane RC frames;

- combined numerical-analytical approaches for the design of RC sections under axial load and biaxial bending;

- the structural exoscheleton for the seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings: a case study.