Prof. Massimo Fragiacomo

Nome: Massimo
Cognome: Fragiacomo
Qualifica: Professore Ordinario
Settore Scientifico Disciplinare: ICAR/09 (Tecnica Delle Costruzioni)
Struttura di afferenza: Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile – Architettura, Ambientale
Telefono Ufficio: +39 0862 43.4522
Fax Ufficio: +39 0862 43.4548



Massimo Fragiacomo is Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction-Architectural & Environmental Engineering of University of L’Aquila, Italy since September 2015. Previous positions held include eight years at the University of Sassari, Italy as an Associate Professor from 2007 to 2015, three years as Senior Lecturer (equivalent to US Associate Professor) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand from 2005 to 2007; Post-doc research fellow at the University of Trieste, Italy from 1999 to 2005; and Civil Engineer in the City Council of Trieste, Italy from 1994 to 1999.

He graduated cum summa laude in 1992 at the University of Trieste, Italy and was awarded a Ph.D. in Design and Preservation of Structures in 2001 in the same University.

He is an author of 273 papers, 90 of which published on peer reviewed international journals, with h-index of 25, 21 and 18 according to the Google Scholar, Scopus e Web of Science data base, respectively, and 2111, 953 and 734 citations in the corresponding data base.

 He is recognized as one of the world experts on Timber Engineering, with special emphasis on Earthquake Resistance and Timber-Concrete Composite Structures. Additional expertise include Fire Engineering, Steel-Concrete Composite Structures, and Finite Element Modelling.

He has been Principal Investigator in many research projects funded by regional, national and international Public and Private Agencies for a total amount of 1.270.000 Euro.

 For his research activity he has received several prizes including the Frederick Palmer Prize offered by the Institution of Civil Engineers – UK in 2012, and the Research Prize offered by the University of Sassari in 2008 and 2012.

He is member of the Editorial Boards of several International Journals including the Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, Engineering Structures, and Structural Engineering & Mechanics. He is member of CEN/TC250/SC5 “Eurocode 5: Design of Timber Structures” and CEN/TC250/SC8 “Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance” and the corresponding Italian mirror committees, as well as chairman of Working Group 8 “Seismic Design of Timber Structures” within CEN/TC250/SC5.

He is also Vice-chairman of COST Action FP1404 “Fire safe use of bio-based building products”.

He has organized and coordinated many professional upgrade courses on timber structures and earthquake design for architects and engineers, in Italy and New Zealand.

He was also invited to offer seminars and lectures on timber construction in Italy and abroad. He has been the main supervisor and associate supervisor of about 20 Ph.D. students and 50+ Master Theses.

Updated on September 2015