Paolo Calvi

Paolo Calvi

Assistant Professor
Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Office: More 214E
Phone: (206) 616-0511

PhD, University of Toronto, 2015
MSCE, Pavia, 2010
BSCE, Pavia, 2008

Paolo Calvi joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as assistant professor in structural engineering in September 2015. Paolo obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto in June 2015 and comes most recently from the University at Buffalo, SUNY where he was a postdoctoral researcher, investigating the seismic performance of non-structural elements in school buildings. Prior to this, Paolo received his Master's and his Bachelor's from the University of Pavia (Italy), in 2010 and 2008, respectively. All his degrees were in Civil Engineering.

Paolo's research focuses on the reduction of the risk of structural systems, considering all aspects of hazard, vulnerability and exposure with particular focus on understanding the response of existing structures. In this general framework, his specific current research areas of interest are:

  • Experimental and numerical response of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete structures with particular emphasis on shear critical structures subjected to monotonic, cyclic and dynamic loads. This includes the development of practical modelling procedures for the design of new structures and the assessment of existing structures.
  • Evaluation of the demand (induced by different kind of events) on structures, with specific reference to damage and loss assessment under seismic loading, including the response of non-structural components.
  • Displacement-based assessment of reinforced concrete buildings and bridges, evaluation of structural response for risk and loss assessment, seismic risk assessment at regional and national scales.
  • Development of displacement based design methodologies for structures incorporating added damping, rocking systems and base isolation devices.

Research Interests

  • Experimental and numerical behaviour of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete structures
  • Seismic response of non-structural elements
  • Base isolation
  • Displacement-based design and assessment of structures