Paolo Gardoni Joins CEE Faculty
Associate Professor Paolo Gardoni joined the faculty in December. He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of structural engineering, including structural analysis, and interdisciplinary courses including engineering risk analysis, reliability analysis and engineering ethics.
“The new frontiers of engineering are interdisciplinary,” Gardoni said. “My teaching and research are focused on developing a new kind of engineer and researcher that has interdisciplinary knowledge and, as a result, the unique skills required to solve the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century.”
To achieve this, Gardoni has developed a new paradigm in co-advising students with faculty from diverse areas of expertise, thereby making his teaching and research cross-cutting and interdisciplinary. He has established successful collaborations working with several faculty members from the Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science, and Public Policy at both national and international universities.
Gardoni’s areas of expertise include sustainable development and planning; reliability, risk and life cycle analysis; decision making under uncertainty; performance assessment of deteriorating systems; ethical, social, and legal dimensions of risk; policies for natural hazard mitigation and disaster recovery; and engineering ethics.
Before joining Illinois, Gardoni was an associate professor at Texas A&M University. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University during the 2010-2011 academic year. The degrees he holds are a Laurea (equivalent to a B.S. and M.S.) in structural engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1997); a Master of Engineering in structural engineering from the University of Tokyo (1997); a Master of Arts in statistics from the University of California at Berkeley (2001); and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (2002).
Gardoni’s awards and honors include receiving the TEES Select Young Faculty award from the Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Dick and Joyce Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award (2007) from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University in recognition of outstanding teaching and dedication to students.
He is an active member of several national and international societies and associations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the ASCE Probabilistic Methods Committee, the American Association of Railroads, the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association, and the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering.
Gardoni also serves as the Associate, Corresponding or Responsible Editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, the ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, and Earthquake Spectra.