Paolo Gardoni

Paolo Gardoni
Paolo Gardoni
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Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2002)
  • Master of Arts in Statistics, University of California, Berkeley (2001)
  • Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan (1997)
  • Laurea (equivalent to BS and MS) in Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1997)

Biography

Paolo Gardoni is the Alfredo H. Ang Family Professor and an Excellence Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering in the Grainger College of Engineering, a Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and a Fellow and Faculty Scholar of the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research in the Gies College of Business. Prof. Gardoni has several international courtesy appointments including at Loughborough University in the UK, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) in India, and Tongji University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Jianghan University in China.

Prof. Gardoni is the Director of the MAE Center, which focuses on creating a Multi-hazard Approach to Engineering and was created through NSF Engineering Research Center funding. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety published by Elsevier, and the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure published by Taylor and Francis Group. He also serves on the Editorial Board of 9 other journals and as the Associate Editor of 5 journals.

Prof. Gardoni is a member of the Board of Governors of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), the Probabilistic Methods Committee (PMC) of the EMI, the Board of Directors of the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA), the Advisory Council of the International Forum on Engineering Decision Making (IFED), and several national and international committees and associations that focus on risk, reliability, and resilience analysis.

His research interests include reliability, risk, and life cycle analysis; probabilistic mechanics; sustainable and resilient infrastructure; decision-making under uncertainty; performance assessment of deteriorating systems; modeling of natural hazards and societal impact; ethical, social, and legal dimensions of risk; optimal strategies for natural hazard mitigation and disaster recovery; impacts of climate change; and engineering ethics. Prof. Gardoni is the author of over 200 refereed journal papers, 28 book chapters, and 9 edited volumes, and has delivered over 70 invited, plenary, and keynote lectures. He has received over $50 million in research funding from multiple national and international agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Qatar National Research Funds (QNRF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Prof. Gardoni is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award was given for his contributions to risk, reliability, and resilience analysis, and his leadership in these fields. Prof. Gardoni has graduated 26 PhD students and 35 Master students. Several of his former students now hold faculty positions in the USA and around the world.

Academic Positions

  • Visiting Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, China (2024-Present)
  • High-end Foreign Expert, Shanghai Institute of Disaster Prevention and Relief State Key Laboratory of Disaster Reduction in Civil Engineering (SLDRCE) International Joint Research Center for Engineering Reliability and Stochastic Mechanics (JCERSM), Tongji University, China (2023-Present)
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Centre for Sustainable Water Research, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India (2024-Present)
  • Professor (courtesy appointment), Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2023–Present)
  • Affiliate, Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) of the University of Illinois System (2023-Present)
  • Professor (courtesy appointment), School of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Jianghan University, Wuhan, China (2022-Present)
  • Professor of Structural Engineering and Societal Risk Mitigation (courtesy appointment), School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK (2021-Present)
  • Alfredo H. Ang Family Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2020–Present)
  • Fellow and Faculty Scholar, Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019-2021, 2023-2024)
  • Professor (courtesy appointment), Biomedical and Translational Sciences, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018-Present)
  • Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2016-Present)
  • Director, MAE Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013-Present)

Research Statement

Prof. Gardoni's research interests include reliability, risk, and life cycle analysis; probabilistic mechanics; sustainable and resilient infrastructure; decision making under uncertainty; performance assessment of deteriorating systems; modeling of natural hazards and societal impact; ethical, social, and legal dimensions of risk; optimal strategies for natural hazard mitigation and disaster recovery; impacts of climate change; and engineering ethics.

Research Interests

  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Engineering ethics
  • Ethical, social, and legal dimensions of risk
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Extreme events modelling and loss analysis for insurance purposes and catastrophe bond pricing
  • Optimal strategies for natural hazard mitigation and disaster recovery
  • Probabilistic mechanics
  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Performance assessment of deteriorating systems
  • Sustainable and resilient critical infrastructure
  • Modeling of natural hazards and societal impact
  • Reliability, risk, and life cycle analysis

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Magazine Articles

  • Cai, X. and Gardoni, P., (2015). “Preparing for the Worst,” The Huffington Post’s series on “What’s Working: Sustainable Development Goals,” in conjunction with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Journal Editorships

  • Editor-in-Chief, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier (2020-Present)
  • Founding Editor and Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, Taylor and Francis Group (2020-Present)
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, Taylor and Francis Group (2015-2020)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, Fire (2022-Present)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, Resilient Cities and Structures (2022-Present))
  • Members of the Editorial Board, Reliability Engineering and System Safety (2020-Present)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, Sustainable Marine Structures (2019-Present)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, Applied Sciences (2019-Present)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, Structures and Infrastructure Engineering (2018-Present)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, Structural Safety (2017-Present)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering (2016-Present)
  • Members of the Editorial Board, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty Analysis (2013-Present)
  • Associate Editor, ASCE OPEN: Multidisciplinary Journal of Civil Engineering (2023-Present)
  • Associate Editor, Modern Subsea Engineering and Technology (2022-Present)
  • Associate Editor, Structures and Infrastructure Engineering (2018-Present)
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering (2010-Present)

Professional Societies

  • Liaison for Conferences of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2023–Present)
  • Liaison for Technical Committee on Probabilistic Methods of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2022–Present)
  • Liaison for Technical Committee on Objective Resilience of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2022–Present)
  • Member of Board of Governors of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2021–Present)
  • Member of European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA) (2022 – Present)
  • Member Technical Committee on Objective Resilience of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2021–Present)
  • Member of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2020 – Present)
  • Member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), Task Group TG1.8 - Design Requirements for Infrastructure Resilience (2020-Present)
  • Member of the the International Scientific Advisory Board for Next Generation Infrastructures, TU Delft (2019-Present)
  • Member of the External Scientific Committee of the Department of Civil, Environmental & Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy (2018-Present)
  • Member of the International Society of Catastrophe Managers (ISCM) (2018-Present)
  • International Member of the Center on Safety and Reliability Engineering of Infrastructure Systems at the Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan, China (2018-2019)
  • Member of the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) special task force on sustainability and resilience of the built environment (2017-Present)
  • Member of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) (2017-Present)
  • Member of the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE) (2017-Present)
  • Member Advisory Council, International Forum on Engineering Decision Making (IFED) (2016-Present)
  • Member of ASCE Technical Committee on Civil Infrastructure and Lifeline Systems (2015-Present)
  • Member of ASCE Technical Committee on Microeconomics of Infrastructure and Community Resilience (2015–Present)
  • Member of ASCE Technical Committee on Dependency Relationships (2015–Present)
  • Member of ASCE Technical Committee on Risk and Resilience Measurements (2015-Present)
  • Member of ASCE Technical Committee on Risk Uncertainty and Resilience Quantification (2015–Present)
  • Member of ASCE Technical Committee on Water Wastewater and Inundation Protection Systems (2015–Present)
  • Member Board of Directors, International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) (2015-Present)
  • Member of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2012-Present)
  • Member of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR) Subcommittee 3 on Structural Reliability and Optimization (2008-Present)
  • Member of the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) (2007-Present)
  • Member of the ASCE Probabilistic Methods Committee (PMC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2005-Present)

Service on Department Committees

  • Chair, Structural Engineering Group (2021-Present)

Teaching Honors

  • Ranked as Outstanding by Students in Spring 2021, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2021)
  • Ranked as Outstanding by Students in Spring 2018, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
  • Named to the Spring 2018 "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)
  • Named to the Spring 2017 "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
  • Named to the Fall 2015 "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
  • Named to the Spring 2015 "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
  • Ranked as Outstanding by Students in Fall 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
  • Named to the Fall 2013 "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
  • Named to the Spring 2013 “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
  • Dick and Joyce Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University (2007)
  • Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Teaching (ExCEEd) Fellowship, American Society of Civil Engineers (2005)

Research Honors

  • ASCE Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure (2021)
  • Best Paper Award , ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment (2021)
  • Telford Premium Prize (2019)
  • Top Scholar Abroad Visiting Fund (2018)
  • Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2016)
  • Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
  • TEES Select Young Faculty Award, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University (2007)

Other Honors

  • Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics Scholarship, Danish Research Academy (Summer 2000)
  • Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (2000-2001)
  • Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1999-2000)
  • Mombusho Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Japan (1995-1997)

Recent Courses Taught

  • CEE 360 - Structural Engineering
  • CEE 491 - Decision and Risk Analysis
  • CEE 591 (CEE 598 RA, CEE 598 RAO) - Reliability Analysis
  • CEE 595 S - Structural Engr Seminar
  • CEE 595 SO - Structures Seminar
  • CEE 595 SRM - Societal Risk Mngmt Seminar
  • CEE 595 SRM (CEE 595 SRO) - Societal Risk Management
  • CEE 598 SPO (CEE 598 SPV) - Stochastic Processes Random VB