Gerard O'Reilly
Associate Professor
Organization Unit: CLASSE STS
Scientific Discipline: Tecnica delle costruzioni


Gerard J. O’Reilly (1989) is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at IUSS Pavia, completing his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering in Ireland in 2010 and 2013, with a period as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and at the Kobori Research Complex, Japan in 2019. He obtained his PhD in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology from IUSS Pavia in 2016.

Primary research interests include a wide range of risk assessment, management and mitigation issues. Research topics include the risk-targeted design and assessment of structures incorporating innovative aspects of performance-based earthquake engineering. These include addressing economic losses, collapse prevention, post-earthquake functionality, and occupant life safety. His work includes the characterisation of seismic hazard and innovative approaches to ground motion record selection for structure-specific and regional-based risk applications. A notable facet of the research carried out with PhD students and international collaborators relates to the fragility, vulnerability and risk modelling of existing structures. This uses advanced numerical simulation methods in tandem with empirical damage observations from past earthquakes to evaluate risk and identify efficient retrofitting measures (both structural and non-structural) that promote a safer and more sustainable built environment. His activities also include the experimental testing of structures and components key to the built environment, critical infrastructures and industrial production via innovative laboratory facilities and techniques. These topics represent the overall effort towards improving the next generation of building codes and guidelines worldwide. Examples include the Sismabonus risk classification guidelines for buildings, and the infrastructure risk classification and management guidelines recently introduced in Italy. Much of this research relates to projects in collaboration with the EUCENTRE Foundation.

He has also been involved in various European projects, such as BRACED and DiSTEEL funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel and FP7 funding programmes, relating to the shake table testing and design of steel frame structures. He has collaborated on the development of simplified tools for the regional assessment of bridge infrastructure in Italy, Israel, and North Macedonia exposed to seismic hazard and ageing effects as part of the INFRA-NAT project funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations. He was the principal investigator of the ROSSINI project funded by INAIL, which looked to develop a risk-based navigation system for industrial plant workers at risk of NaTech events. More recently, he is the coordinator of the €11.6M EU-funded ERIES project which provides transnational access to research infrastructures to conduct research that will advance frontier knowledge related to seismic, wind and geotechnical hazards.

He has received several international awards and recognitions, including the 2022 Shah Family Innovation Prize by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), in addition to the "2020 Outstanding Paper Award" by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.

He has supervised numerous students at both MSc and PhD levels as part of the Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards master's degree programme and the Earthquake Engineering PhD degree programme jointly offered by the University of Pavia and IUSS Pavia.

Personal website: https://gerardjoreilly.github.io/