Alessandro Palermo


Senior Lecturer


BSc, MSc, PhD, Politecnico di Milano
(Technical University of Milan)


Level 2, ICTS Building, room 209

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 (internal: 8867)
Fax: +64 3 364 2758

Research and Publications

Please visit my research profile page for more extensive research information and a list of my recent publications.


Structural design, structural mechanics, reinforced and precast/prestressed structures, bridge engineering, seismic engineering

Research Brief

  • Seismic design of bridges
  • Seismic design of jointed ductile self-centering systems
  • Dynamic behaviour of rigid bodies with particular emphasis to historical buildings
  • Modelling of the seismic behaviour of precast/prestressed and reinforced concrete connections and systems
  • Long term effects of composite steel-concrete, reinforced and/or prestressed concrete structures
  • Interaction of creep, shrinkage and temperature in concrete elements (seasonal thermal variations in prestressed bridges and external panels)
  • Flexural and shear behaviour of fibre reinforced and high performance concrete structures
  • Timber buildings and bridges
  • Serviceability, durability and maintenance of concrete bridges

Administrative Responsibilities

Departmental: 2nd Pro Co-ordinator (Jan-June 2014)


Professional Affiliations, Activities and Achievements (last 5 years):

Member of:

  • Member of New Zealand Earthquake Engineering Society (NZEES), achieved 2005
  • Member of ANIDIS “Italian National Association of Earthquake Engineering”.


  • ASSOBETON (National Association Concrete Elements) award for the best thesis (1998-2000) on the italian prefabrication in concrete elements, (2nd classified)
  • ASSIMPREDIL (Association of Building Construction Companies) award for the best master thesis (“F.lli Pesenti School) during the academic year 1999
  • Best Paper Conference: “Advanced Flag-Shape Systems for High Seismic Performance including Near-fault Effects”, New Zealand Society Earthquake Engineering Conference, Palmerson North (New Zealand), March, 30th-April, 1st, 2007.

Reviewer for:

  • Journal of Earthquake Engineering
  • Engineering Structures