Stefano Pampanin is Professor of Structural Design and Earthquake Engineering at the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, which he joined in 2002.
Since 2015 he is Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome.
He has been President of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (2012-2014) and was nominated Fellow of NZSEE in 2017.
He received his Laurea magna cum laude in Civil/Structural Engineering at the University of Pavia in 1997, a Masters in Structural Engineering at the University of California at San Diego and a Ph.D. in Earthquake (Structural) Engineering at the Technical University of Milan in 2000.
He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego from 1998-1999.
In the past 20 years, he has dedicated a significant effort in the research and development, codification and practical implementation of innovative solutions for the seismic design of low-damage structural and non-structural systems in concrete and timber, as well as for the seismic assessment and retrofit of existing RC structures.
Professor Pampanin has been actively involved in a number of national and international code and technical committees for the preparation of design guidelines and standards including: fib, international federation of concrete: WG 7.4, WG7.5 (Co-Chair), WG7.6, WG6.10, WG6.6 (Co-Chair) ACI440-F, NZS3101:2006 (appendix B), Department of Building and Housing (DBH) guidelines for the design, assessment and retrofit of hollowcore floors; current revision of NZS3101 (concrete), NZS3603 (timber), NZSEE2006 guidelines on “Assessment and Improvement of the Performance of Existing Buildings” (Task Leader), Minister of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) special technical committees to produce “White Paper on Residual Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Structures”; “Base Isolation Guidelines”; “Guide for Good Practice on Low-damage Design”.
Professor Pampanin will present his world leading research into low (& repairable)-damage construction for buildings/structures subject to earthquake induced loads. This concept clearly has much potential from a ‘building sustainability and resilience’ perspective as well as the usual life safety and collapse prevention design objectives associated with earthquake and other extreme loading events.