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Paolo Negro

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Paolo Negro is a research officer/project leader at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in the Unit Safety and Security of Buildings, European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA).

Paolo has a long experience and record of research activity in earthquake engineering and environmental design of buildings.

He holds a Master of Science in Earthquake Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Wales at Swansea.

Prior to working for the European Commission, Paolo was a structural engineer and performed the design of civil and industrial buildings, with precast and prestressed elements, also with innovative solutions, mostly in seismic areas.

As a consulting engineer, he contributed to the design of a nuclear and a thermal power plant and of maritime terminals as well as to the project for the reconstruction of two cathedrals destroyed by the Friuli Earthquake.

Paolo has been leading many research projects at the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment, mostly involving large scale seismic testing of structures.

He is serving as liaison member in the Technical Committee ISO TC71, Concrete, Reinforced Concrete and Prestressed Concrete, chairing two subcommittee in charge of drafting new standards, and in the Technical Committee TC13, Seismic Design, of the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork.

He has been representing the Joint Research Centre in the COST Action C25, Sustainability of Constructions, and is currently leading the JRC Action SAFESUST, Impact of sustainability and energy efficiency requirements on building design and retrofit and a preparatory action in support of the New European Bauhaus initiative.