Date of Birth: 8 March 1974



  • Associate Professor (Reader) in Structural Engineering
  • Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Private Bag 4800
  • University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Ph.: +64-3-3642249
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  • Technical University of Milan, Italy, Ph.D.,Earthquake Engineering, 2000
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD), USA, MSc, Structural Engineering, 2000
  • University of Pavia, Italy, Laurea (magna cum laude), Civil (structure) Engineering, 1997


  • 2009 – Associate Professor (Formerly Reader, equiv. to Full Professor  in US System), Dept. of Civil and Nat Resources Engineering, University of Cantebury, NZ
  • 2007 – Senior Lecturer Above the Bar, University of Canterbury, NZ
  • 2002- 2006: Senior Lecturer  (equiv. to Associate Professor in US System), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2002: Visiting Lecturer, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2000-2002: Research Fellow at the Department of Structural Mechanics, University of Pavia
  • 1998-1999: Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at University of California, San Diego, USA


  • Fulbright Scholar category “Research” at UCSD, 1998-1999
  • PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) Martin P. Korn Award 2000
  • fib Diploma 2003 for Young Engineers (under 40-year old), Category Research
  • Sandy Cormack Award 2004 NZConcrete Society
  • NZ Society of Earthquake Engineering, NZSEE, Best Conference Research Paper Awards 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Otto Glogau Award 2005 from NZSEE for best paper written by a member in the past 3 years
  • Ivan Skinner Award 2005 (EQC/NZSEE) “for the advancement in Earthquake Engineering in NZ”


  • Member of fib (international federation of Concrete) Committee 7 on Seismic Design
  • Co-chairman of fib WG 7.5 “Seismic Design of Buildings Incorporating High Performance Materials”;
  • Member of fib WG 7.3/7.4 “Precast and Prestressed Concrete Structures Designed for Earthquake Resistance, WG 7.6 “Comparison of
  • Seismic Code Provisions” and WG 10.6 “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Buildings in Low-to-Moderate Seismic Regions”
  • Member of Task Group on Precast Concrete for the revision of the NZS3101:2006 Concrete Code
  • Council Member of the NZCS, Concrete Society (2003-2007);
  • Member of the Management Committee of the NZ Society of Earthquake Engineering, NZSEE, Management Committee (2003-date)
  • Member of “Precast Concrete Floor Overview Group” (PCFOG) Committee, DBH, Department of Building and Housing.
  • Member of the ACI (American Concrete Institute)-440-F Committee for the preparation of Guidelines on Seismic Retrofit of Existing R.C. Building using Fiber Reinforced Polymers

Performance-based seismic design of reinforced and prestressed/precast concrete structures, seismic assessment and retrofit of existing structures, use of high performance materials for seismic applications, implementation of prestressed timber for multi-storey buildings and bridges


  • PI (Principal Investigator) and Co-PI of externally funded research projects, total grants of approx. 6M NZ$ (approx 3M Euro) since 2002, related to earthquake engineering.
  • Peer reviewer for more than 10 major international technical journals in the field of Structural and Earthq. Engng
  • Invited lectures/seminars to more than 30 Universities and Research Institution within Europe, U.S., Canada, South America, Japan
  • Chartered Engineers (Italy), actively involved as external consultant (both in Italy and NZ) for the design or peer reviewer of different projects in the field of seismic design and retrofit.

Author of more than 150 publications including journal papers, book chapters and peer reviewed conference papers.

  • Newcombe, M., Pampanin, S., Buchanan, A., Palermo, 2008 "Section analysis and cyclic behavior of post-tensioned jointed ductile connections for multi-storey timber buildings", Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Special Issue, 12 (S1) , 83-110 ISSN: 1363-2469
  • Buchanan, A., Deam, B., Fragiacomo, M., Pampanin, S., Palermo, A., 2008 "Multi-Storey Prestressed Timber Buildings in New Zealand”, Structural Engineering International (SEI), published by IABSE, Special Issue on Tall Timber Buildings, 18 (2), 166-173
  • Pampanin, S., 2007 “Developments in seismic design and retrofit of structures: modern technology built on the ancients’ wisdom”. Chapter 6 within the book “Hazards and the Built Environment, (Editor: Lee Bosher), Taylor and Francis Publisher
  • Pampanin, S., Bolognini, D., Pavese, 2007 “Performance-based Seismic Retrofit Strategy for Existing Reinforced Concrete Frame Systems using FRP composites”, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Special Issue, 11 (2), 211-226.
  • Palermo, A., Pampanin, S., Marriott, D., 2007 “Design, Modeling and Experimental Investigation of Seismic-Resistant Bridge piers with post-tensioned dissipating connections” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 133 (11), 1648-1661
  • Pettinga, D., Pampanin, S., Christopoulos, C., Priestley, M.J.N., 2007 "The Role of Inelastic Torsion in the Determination of Residual Deformations", Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Special Issue, 11 (s1), 133 - 157
  • Pampanin,S., Palermo, A., Buchanan, A., Fragiacomo, M., Deam, B. 2006 “Code Provisions for Seismic Design of Multi-Storey Post-tensioned Timber Buildings, CIB WG18 “Timber Structures” Meeting, Florence, August.
  • Pampanin, S., Christopoulos, Chen, T-H., 2006 “Development And Validation of a Metallic Haunch Seismic Retrofit Solution for Existing Under-Designed RC Frame Buildings, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics; 35:1739–1766

Pampanin S., 2005, “Emerging Solutions for High Seismic Performance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Buildings”, Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT), invited paper for Special Issue on “High performance systems”, Vol. 3 (2), pp. 202-22