Paolo Zimmaro, Ph.D., P.E. (Italy)

Associate Professor, University of Calabria (Italy)

Research Affiliate, University of California, Los Angeles - The B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, University of Calabria (2023 - Present)
Research Affiliate, UCLA - GIRS (2023 - Present)
Assistant Professor, University of Calabria (2020 - 2023)
Visiting Project Scientist, UCLA (2020 - 2023)
Research Scientist, UCLA (2017 - 2020)
Lecturer, UCLA (2017 - 2020)
Post-Doctoral Scholar, UCLA (2015 - 2017)

Profile on Google Scholar
Profile on Scopus
CV in Italian

Contact Information

Cubo 45A
Department of Environmental Engineering
University of Calabria, Rende 87036, Italy
+39 0984 496652


Ph.D. (2015) Geotechnical Engineering, University "Mediterranea" Reggio Calabria
Visiting Graduate Researcher (2014), University of California Los Angeles
M.S. (2010) Geotechnical Engineering (summa cum laude), University of Calabria
B.S. (2008) Civil Engineering, University of Calabria

Bio sketch

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the University of Calabria (Italy) and a Research Affiliate at the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.
I obtained my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Calabria (Italy), and my Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria (Italy).
My research interests are in geotechnical earthquake engineering, data analytics in civil engineering, and engineering seismology, with emphases on site-specific probabilistic seismic hazard and risk analysis, system reliability analysis of distributed infrastructure and lifelines, soil liquefaction and its effects on civil infrastructure, soil-structure interaction, post-disaster reconnaissance, and sensing and monitoring of geotechnical system with multidisciplinary approaches.
I am a registered professional engineer in Italy, and I have a significant experience as consulting engineer. I worked for engineering firms and public agencies, assisting them with problems related to geotechnical and construction engineering.

Professional Memberships

Registered Professional Engineer in Italy
Member ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
Member EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute)
Co-Chair EERI-PDC (Professional Development Committee)
Member EERI-YMC (Younger Members Committee) and EERI-VERT (Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team)
Member ISSMGE (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering)
Member Joint Technical Committee JTC1-TR4 (Earthquake-Induced Landslides), Federation of the International Geoengineering Societies (FedIGS)
Member GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association)
Member AGI (Italian Geotechnical Association)


Dr. Zimmaro interviewed by the Italian online newspaper (16 December 2022) - In Italian
Dr. Zimmaro interviewed by the Italian online newspaper (6 December 2022) - In Italian
Dr. Zimmaro interviewed by the Italian magazine Il Venerdi di Repubblica (8 September 2021) - In Italian
Dr. Zimmaro interviewed by the Italian newspaper Il Quotidiano del Sud (12 July 2020) (in Italian) (English Translation)
Dr. Zimmaro joins the University of Calabria in Italy - 3 July 2020 (article 1) (article 2) (article 3) - In Italian
Dr. Zimmaro interviewed by Petroleum Review (12 October 2017)

Awards and Honors

2020: Ranked first in the Italian National Program for Young Researchers "Rita Levi Montalcini", in the Civil Engineering and Architecture field
2019: Earthquake Spectra Outstanding Paper Award vol. 34 (2018) (EERI). Paper: “Local site effects and incremental damage of buildings during the 2016 Central Italy earthquake sequence”
2018: National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in Italy (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research)
Academic Year 2017/2018: UCLA NSF Professional Development Award (Awarded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel)
Spring 2018: Registration Grant - 11th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles (financial support from: U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pankow Foundation, and EERI)
Fall 2017: Travel award - Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Wall of Wind experimental facility user workshop, Miami, FL (financial support provided by Florida International University with funding from the National Science Foundation)
Summer 2017: Travel Award - Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Summer Institute, San Antonio, TX (granted by the National Science Foundation)
Spring 2017: Instructional Improvement Grant (granted by UCLA office of instructional development)
2012 - 2015: 3-year Research Fellowship - Environmental technology for sustainable development (granted by the European Union)
2010-2012: Teaching and Research Assistantships (University of Calabria)