Paolo Zimmaro, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

5731 Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: 310-825-2471

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm in 5732 Boelter Hall
CEE199 (Directed Research) NGL group weekly meetings: Thursday from 6:00pm-7:00pm in 5713 Boelter Hall


Ph.D., (2015), University “Mediterranea” Reggio Calabria, Italy – Geotechnical Engineering
M.S., (2010), University of Calabria, Italy – Geotechnical Engineering
B.S., (2008), University of Calabria, Italy – Civil Engineering

Research Interests

My research interests are in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, with emphases on site-specific probabilistic seismic hazard and risk analysis, system reliability analysis of distributed infrastructure and lifelines, soil liquefaction and its effects on civil infrastructure, soil-structure interaction, post-disaster reconnaissance and geotechnical system monitoring and characterization with multidisciplinary approaches and innovative field testing.

Selected Publications

Zimmaro P., Kwak D.Y., Stewart J.P., Brandenberg S.J., Balakrishnan A., Jongejan R., Ausilio E., Dente G., Xie J., Mikami A. (2017). Procedures from international guidelines for assessing seismic risk to flood control levees. Earthquake Spectra, 33, 1191–1218.

Zimmaro P., Stewart J.P. (2017). Site-specific seismic hazard analysis for Calabrian dam site using regionally customized seismic source and ground motion models. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 94, 179-192.

Xie J., Zimmaro P., Li X., Wen Z. (2017). Rupture directivity effects on strong ground motion during the April 15, 2016 Kumamoto Mw7.0 earthquake in Japan. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 107, 1265-1276.

Zimmaro P., Stewart J.P, Brandenberg S.J., Kwak D.Y., Jongejan R. (2017). System Reliability of Flood Control Levees. Third international conference on performance-based design in earthquake geotechnical engineering, Vancouver (Canada), July 16-19.

Zimmaro P. and Stewart J.P. editors. GEER (2017). “Engineering Reconnaissance following the October 2016 Central Italy Earthquakes – Version 2”, GEER Report No. GEER-050D. DOI: 10.18118/G6HS39.