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Piero Rizzo named 2015 Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year

PITTSBURGH (August 28, 2015) … Piervincenzo (Piero) Rizzo, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, was named the 2015 recipient of the Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year Award by the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM). Rizzo will receive the award at the IWSHM tenth annual conference at Stanford University in September.

According to IWSHM, the award recognizes accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the field of SHM that will benefit society. Contributions can be in the form of theory, analysis, applications, education, or other ways that support the discipline of SHM and benefit society. Awardees are selected by the editors and associate editors of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal.

"Piero's research and teaching in structural health monitoring is well regarded at the Swanson School, and so we are pleased he received this recognition by his international peers. He is an outstanding faculty colleague and a dedicated teacher and advisor to his students," said Radisav Vidic, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Rizzo's academic and professional interests include nondestructive testing/evaluation, structural health monitoring, signal processing and automatic pattern recognition for real-time prognosis of structural and biological materials, and implementation of embedded sensor network for the health monitoring of civil, mechanical and aerospace structures. Current research is focused on the development of guided wave-based SHM methodologies for pipes, and the investigation of highly-nonlinear solitary waves for the noninvasive assessment of structural and biomaterials including structural buckling.

Rizzo earned his laurea (MS) in aeronautical engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy, and his Master and PhD in structural engineering from the University of California - San Diego.

About Pitt's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Founded in 1867, the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the U.S. Civil engineering students at Pitt have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad range of topics, including environmental engineering and water resources, geotechnical and pavements, structural engineering and mechanics, and sustainability and green design.


Author: Paul Kovach

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