1992 Laurea in Ingegneria Civile Idraulica/Geotecnica, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, (5 years degree in Civil Engineering)
1996 Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria Geotecnica, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, (Doctoral Degree in Geotechnical Engineering)
2015 - Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome
2014 - Winner of the national competition for the qualification as Full Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
2003 - 2015 Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Technical University of Bari, Italy.
2003 - 2004 Visiting Academic, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, U.K.
1999 - 2003 Lecturer of Geotechnical Engineering, Technical University of Bari, Italy.
1996 - 1999 Post-doc research fellow, Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
Current research interests:
Experimental investigation on the mechanical behaviour of clayey soils with particular reference to: ‘very small strain stiffness’ as observed by dynamic testing technique; evolution of the mechanical response due to: strain induced ‘structure’ (i.e. bonding) degradation process, isotropic or anisotropic stress histories and recent cyclic stress history.
Constitutive modelling of saturated soils in the frame of multi-surface hardening plasticity; application of thermomechanical principles to the modelling of elastic and elasto-plastic coupled behaviour of saturated soils.
Constitutive modelling of masonry and its application to the modelling of historical structures;
Computational plasticity, with particular reference to implicit/explicit integration schemes for plasticity-based constitutive models.
Finite Element analyses of geotechnical boundary value problems: excavation and tunnelling in clayey soils, interaction between underground excavations and surface masonry or reinforced concrete structures, seismic site effects, seismic behaviour of earth dams, seismic behaviour of tunnels, seismic behaviour of lifelines.