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Gianluca Cusatis

Cusatis is a faculty member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Northwestern University. He obtained his BS, MS and PhD degrees in structural engineering from Politecnico Di Milano (Italy). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses of the civil engineering curriculum and performs research in the field of experimental, computational and applied mechanics, with emphasis on heterogeneous and quasi-brittle infrastructure materials. His work on constitutive modeling of concrete through the adoption of the so-called Lattice Discrete Particle Model (LDPM) is known worldwide. In addition, recent work on waterless concrete for Martian constructions has received widespread attention in the technical community and in the media. Within the center for the Sustainable Engineering of Geological and Infrastructure Materials (SEGIM) -- for which he serves as co-director -- and under the sponsorship of several agencies -- including NSF, ERDC, and NRC -- his current research focuses on formulating and validating multiscale and multiphysics computational frameworks for the simulation of large-scale problems dealing with a variety of different applications including, but not limited to, infrastructure aging and deterioration, structural resiliency, projectile penetration, and design of blast resistance structures.  Cusatis is a member of FraMCoS, ASCE, and ACI, and active in several technical committees. He serves as the chair of the ACI 209 committee on creep and shrinkage and served as chair of ACI 446 on fracture mechanics. In addition, he serves as treasurer for IA-FraMCoS, president for IA-ConCreep, and he is a member of the EMI Board of Governors.
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