Senior Deputy Rector
Renato Masiani was born in Genoa in 1955 and received his degree in Civil Engineering in 1979.Prof. Masiani began working as a researcher in 1984. In 2003, he was appointed as a first category Professor of Construction Science at the Sapienza Faculty of Architecture.
•Member of AIMETA, the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, from 1984;
•Member of the Doctoral Commission for Structural Engineering at Sapienza University;
•Professor of “Construction Science” and “Structural Design”
•Director of the Sapienza CICS Interdepartmental Centre for Scientific Calculation (1999-2002);
•Deputy Dean of the “L. Quaroni” Faculty of Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome (2003-07);
•Deputy Rector for Infrastructure (2005-08);
•Sapienza Representative in the CASPUR Consortium Directive Council since 2008;
•Director of the Department for Structural Engineering and Geotechnics (2007-10);
•Dean of the “L. Quaroni” Faculty of Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome since 2009.
Prof. Masiani began his research activity in the early eighties. Since then, his scientific interests have addressed a wide range of issues related to Mechanics of Materials, producing ca. 80 scientific publications on international scientific journals.
Prof. Masiani has always conducted research rigorously and with particular attention to the way in which problems are formulated and modelled, as well analytic, numerical and phenomenological solutions. Moreover, he has been aiming to integrate his research interests with the cultural and scientific context of the Faculty of Architecture with the firm belief of the importance of contributing to the consolidation of analysis and design of structures in Italian architectural culture, whilst preserving the differences and peculiar attitudes of Material Mechanics.
Prof. Masiani’s main areas of interest are also reflected by his scientific publications. These include:
•Static issues of historical monuments;
•Continuous models for linear and non-linear materials: masonry, composite materials, fibre-reinforced materials;
•Seismic behaviour of buildings in masonry and concrete;
•Dynamics of systems with non-elastic bindings, particularly hysteretic systems;
•Dynamic non-linear behaviour of thin elements on mono-lateral supports;
•Simplified dynamic models for masonry;
•Analysis of seismic input and vulnerability;
•Mixed finished elements for non-linear beams;
Most recently, Prof. Masiani has been interested in the field of dynamic and seismic response of both ordinary and historic masonry works and the formulation of linear and non-linear discrete heterogeneous constructive models with multi-scale modelling.