Dr Luigi Di Sarno is Assistant Professor (qualified as Associate Professor since 2014) in Earthquake Engineering at the Engineering Department, University of Sannio at Benevento, Italy. Luigi 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. Luigi 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, University of Bogazici, 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 several 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. 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.
Dr. Di Sarno’s research interests include:
- analysis, design and retrofitting of buildings and bridges, especially with RC, steel and composite steel and concrete structures;
- analysis and design of tall buildings subjected to extreme loads;
- analysis, design and retrofitting of health care facilities;
- analysis, design and retrofitting of non-structural components;
- analysis, design and retrofitting of pipelines;
- advanced experimental testing: pseudo-dynamic with sub-structuring and hybrid simulations and shake table tests.
Dr. Di Sarno has authored more than 200 research publications, including 35 refereed journal papers, many conference, 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.