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Università degli Studi di Salerno

Università degli Studi di Salerno
Civil Engineering Department

Geotechnical Engineering and Landslides Research Group  

The University of Salerno can trace its roots back to the Salerno School of Medicine that was founded in the 9th century in the dispensary of a monastery. Today, the university campus is one of the largest in southern Italy with over 43,000 students and 16 departments offerings many efficient services for teaching, research and student life in general. Within the Department of Civil Engineering, the Geotechnical Engineering and Landslides Research Group is a leading research group working on a number of problems involving natural geomaterials. Since a long time, special attention has been devoted to landslides triggered by extreme natural events, such as rainfall and earthquakes, which often produce serious human and economic consequences. On this topic, the research group has acquired a relevant expertise on: quantitative landslide risk assessment; definition of criteria for landslide susceptibility and hazard zoning at different scales; selection and use of advanced analytical and numerical methods for modelling landslides; characterization of the mechanical behaviour of the soil’s representative elementary volume (REV) in saturated and unsaturated conditions.

The geotechnical engineering and landslides research group also organizes, since 2006, an "International School on LAndslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation" - LARAM (http://www.laram.unisa.it). The LARAM school is held annually and aimed at 40 PhD students selected from those working in the field of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Geology and other relevant fields.

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Sabatino Cuomo

Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Sabatino Cuomo is Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Salerno (Italy), where he currently teaches Fundamentals of Geotechnics and Slope Stability. He graduated with honours in Civil Engineering in 2002 and earned a PhD degree from University of Salerno in 2006, with a dissertation on "Geomechanical modelling of triggering mechanisms for flow-like mass movements in pyroclastic soils". He is currently a member of the Technical Committee of International School for PhD students LARAM "LAndslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation" since 2005; Board Officer for the Italian Chapter of IGS (International Geosynthetics Society), since 2015; Member for UNI (Ente Italiano di Normazione) of the Italian Technical Committees UNI/CT012/GL03 "Geosintetici" and UNI/CT021/SC07 "Progettazione Geotecnica" since 2015; Member of the International Technical Committee ISO/TC221/WG6 "Design using geosynthetics" of ISO (International Organization for Standardization), since 2015.

His expertise relates to numerical modelling of flow-like landslides, slope instabilities and superficial erosion, laboratory testing of unsaturated soils, constitutive modelling and geosynthetics applications and performance analysis.

Website: https://sabatinocuomo.wordpress.com/


Michele Calvello

Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Michele Calvello is Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Salerno (Italy), where he currently teaches Soil Mechanics and Landslide Risk. He graduated with honours in Civil Engineering from Università della Basilicata (Potenza, Italy) in 1997 and he earned a PhD degree from Northwestern University (Evanston, USA) in 2002, with a dissertation on "Inverse analysis of a supported excavation through Chicago glacial clays". He is currently a member of Technical Committees of the following international institutions: International School for PhD students LARAM "LAndslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation" (since 2005); TC-306 "Geo-Engineering Education" (since 2010) and TC-304 'Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management' (since 2015) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering; Joint Technical Committee on Education of the Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies (since 2015).

His main research interests are focused on the engineering analysis of geotechnical boundary value problems, with special attention devoted to inverse modeling, and on the analysis and management of landslide risk at slope and regional scales, with special attention devoted to the following inter-disciplinary topics: statistical analyses for landslide zoning, early warning systems, risk perception and education.

Website: https://michelecalvello.wordpress.com/