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Karim Aljawhari

Ruolo: PhD Candidate in Understanding and Managing Extremes
Classe: Scienze umane e della Vita
Supervisore: Carmine Galasso, Roberto Gentile (UCL)


Karim obtained a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering in 2015 and graduated with an average of 3.91/4.00 (93.5%) from An-Najah National University in Palestine. He subsequently worked for one year as a Structural Design Engineer and Office Engineer at highly reputed multi-national engineering firms in Palestine and then as a Research & Teaching Assistant at An-Najah National University. Afterwards, Karim pursued his graduate studies in 2017-2018 at the University College London (UCL) in the UK and obtained an M.Sc. Degree (with Distinction) in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management in 2018 with an average of 88%, ranking the 2nd top student in all M.Sc. programs in the Department of Civil Engineering. During his graduate studies, his research focused on performing vulnerability and fragility assessment for both code-conforming and non-code-conforming reinforced concrete frames against ground-motion sequences composed of mainshocks and aftershocks using advanced finite element numerical models. Upon graduation, Karim worked for a few months as a Research Assistant at UCL and then he worked as an Instructor in the Civil Engineering Department at An-Najah National University for one year prior to joining the Ph.D. program in Understanding and Managing Extremes - Earthquake Engineering & Engineering Seismology in 2019 at University School for Advanced Study (IUSS Pavia) and the University of Pavia (UNIPV) in 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Carmine Galasso.

Karim's Ph.D. research focuses on performing simulated design for older reinforced concrete frames in Italy and developing advanced nonlinear numerical models accordingly in order to achieve several objectives: 1) Evaluation of multiple retrofitting strategies to improve the seismic performance of the frames; 2) Developing a methodology to select the most cost-effective retrofitting strategy through assessing specific performance improvement indicators and then performing cost-benefit analysis; 3) Performing multi-scale seismic loss assessment for a selected region in Italy in order to observe the reduction in expected average losses, both before and after the retrofitting intervention resulting from the first objective.

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