Gerard O'Reilly
2022 Shah Family Innovation Prize to Gerard J. O'Reilly, assistant professor at IUSS Pavia
Fri, 02/12/2022

We are pleased to announce that Gerard J. O'Reilly, assistant professor at University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia has been selected by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) as the 2022 winner of the Shah Family Innovation Prize.

Gerard J. O'Reilly received this Prize in recognition of his significant and diverse research output and its impact on engineering practice, as well as his leadership in designing and coordinating international collaborations across the seismic world. The Shah Prize is awarded to early- to mid-career individuals who have emphasized creative and innovative thinking and demonstrated the potential to make major contributions to the field of earthquake risk mitigation and management. The prize recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential.

Gerard J. O’Reilly is an Assistant Professor at the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS) in Pavia, Italy. He holds a PhD in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology from IUSS, as well as MSc and BE(Hons) degrees in Civil Engineering from the National University of Ireland in Galway. He was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and at the Kobori Research Complex in Tokyo, Japan in 2019.

O’Reilly’s research focuses on seismic design and assessment of structures to incorporate innovative aspects of performance-based earthquake engineering. These include loss and risk targeting approaches in a general effort design towards the next generation of design codes, as well as the Sismabonus risk classification guidelines in Italy. He is the principal investigator of the ROSSINI project to develop a risk-based navigation system for industrial plant workers at risk of NaTech events. He also serves as the coordinator of the €11.6M EU-funded ERIES (Engineering Research Infrastructures for European Synergies) project, which provides transnational access to conduct experimental research and advance frontier knowledge related to seismic, wind and geotechnical hazards.

For more information about O'Reilly and the Shah Prize, visit the News post on the EERI website here.