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Michele Barbato 2020 Election Information

Friday, June 5, 2020

Michele Barbato, Ph.D., C.Eng, P.E., F.EMI, M.ASCE
University of California, Davis  

Vision M Barbato

My vision as a potential member of the EMI Board of Governors (BoG) is to contribute in an active manner to serving the needs of the worldwide engineering community with respect to research, application, and education in a broad sense. I plan to support with particular emphasis the professional growth of our new generation of engineers and other professionals involved in both established and emerging areas of Engineering Mechanics. I fully embrace the vision to promote "an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practicing engineers, industry representatives, citizen groups, public officials and others" and I will work with the other BoG officers to increase the interaction between academia and industry within the EMI and its activities. I believe that a stronger interaction between the Engineering Mechanics research and industry communities would be highly beneficial to advance the EMI's mission, thus I plan to work hard to facilitate new effective collaborations between these two communities. 

I have been an active member of ASCE and EMI/EMD since 2007, going from student to associate to full member. I am a Charter Member and a Fellow of EMI. I serve as an Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor of the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems (Part A and Part B), as a Trial Associate Editor of the ASCE Natural Hazards Review, as an Editorial Board Member of the ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, and as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering. I have continuously attended and contributed research papers to the annual EMI conferences since I was a graduate student. I have organized and/or chaired numerous special sessions and minisymposia for several EMI conferences, as well as for numerous other conferences co-sponsored by EMI.

I am an active member of the EMI Probabilistic Methods Committee, and I am currently the Chair of the EMI Dynamics Committee since 2018 after being its vice-Chair in 2017. Under my tenure as Chair of the EMI Dynamics Committee (which will end on September 30, 2020), I have established a control group of young, very active and dedicated leaders (Drs. Eleni Chatzi as viceChair and Hamed Ebrahimian as Secretary), who I am certain will ensure a great future for the activities of the Committee through a continuity of leadership, expertise, and experience. With their help, we have developed a new webpage to disseminate the Committee's annual activities, and we have written an EMI Dynamics Committee Operation Manual to document and formalize the procedures and activities of the Committee. I have also chaired the EMI Dynamics Student Paper competition for EMI 2018. In November 2018, I was appointed as a member of the EMI Task Committee for Strategic Planning and I was invited to the 2019 ASCE Multi-Region Leadership Conferences for leadership training and orientation of incoming Section and Branch leaders.

I believe my continuous service to EMI and ASCE for almost 15 years demonstrate my dedication and my appreciation for the EMI. I am enthusiastically looking forward to continuing my association with EMI, and I would welcome the opportunity to assume a senior leadership role to serve the EMI's mission and advance its vision in partnership with the other BoG members.

Short Bio

Dr. Michele Barbato is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of California Davis (UCD). Before joining UCD in July 2018, he was an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU). He received his Summa Cum Laude "Laurea" degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy) in 2002, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 2005 and 2007, respectively, at the University of California San Diego.

He is an expert in both traditional and innovative construction methodologies and materials, with particular emphasis on new recycled and green materials. He is very active in the development of performance-based methodologies in earthquake, wind, and hurricane engineering, as well as in multihazard applications. Dr. Barbato's research embraces nonlinear finite element (FE) modeling and analysis of structural systems; FE response sensitivity analysis coupled with numerical optimization methods; performance-based engineering; random vibration theory; computational structural reliability analysis and probabilistic methods applied to civil engineering; use of alternative/by-product/recycled materials for sustainable structural applications; multihazard assessment and mitigation under current and changing climate conditions; and life-cycle optimization of resilient/sustainable structures subject to multiple hazards.

He is the author or co-author of more than 180 technical publications, including 7 peer reviewed articles published in the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics. He has been the recipient of the 2009 ASCE Moisseiff award for the paper "Nonlinear Seismic Response Analysis of Steel-Concrete Composite Frames". He was also awarded the 2007 ICASP10 Overseas Student Scholarship, the EASD 2011 Junior Research Prize in the area of Development of Methodologies for Structural Dynamics by the European Association of Structural Dynamics (EASD), the Best Paper Award for Young Experts at the 12th International Symposium on Structural Engineering (ISSE-12), the 2012 TAF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award by the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF), the ASCE 2011 and 2012 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, the 2017 LSU College of Engineering Longwell Award for Instructor Excellence, the 2018 AISC Advancing Structural Steel Education Award, and the 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award for ASCE Natural Hazards Review. His paper "Performance Based Hurricane Engineering (PBHE) framework" has been recognized as one of the five most cited papers in the period January 2013-June 2016 among the papers published in Structural Safety (Elsevier). He was elected as Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Fellow and Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Fellow in 2019. He recently received the 2020 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering (ASCE-ASME), and Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (Taylor and Francis). He is a Trial Editor for ASCE Natural Hazards Review; an Associate Editor for the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering and Part B: Mechanical Engineering; and an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering. He is also the Editor for the Section on Earthquake Engineering and Structural Engineering in the Journal of Research on Engineering Structures and Materials (MIM Research Group). Dr. Barbato is a member of several national and international technical committees. Most notably, he currently is the Chair of the ASCE EMI Dynamics Committee, the Chair of the ASCE SEI Multihazard Mitigation Committee, and the vice-Chair of the ASCE SEI Performance Based Design of Structures Committee. He has also been active as an organizer of minisymposia and special sessions in national and international conferences, and as a guest editor of several special issues in peerreviewed international journals. He has received approximately $7M of competitive research funding from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as from private companies and non-profit organizations.