Rui Pinho is Assistant Professor of Structural Design in the Department of Structural Mechanics at the University of Pavia, Italy, to where he moved in 2001, after having spent several years at Imperial College London, first as a postgraduate researcher and then as a Lecturer of Earthquake Engineering.
Dr. Pinho is deputy coordinator of LESSLOSS (Risk Mitigation for Earthquakes and Landslides), a EU-funded research network involving the participation of 46 European partners, including universities, research institutions, construction companies and material/components manufacturers. He is also deputy coordinator of the ROSE School (European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk) and of the MEEES (programme Erasmus Mundus Master's in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology), a EU-funded Master's programme attracting students from over 70 countries worldwide.
In addition, Dr. Pinho is also coordinator of several research programmes at the EUCENTRE (European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering) focusing mainly on design code development and seismic risk assessment, and editorial manager of the earthquake engineering section of the IUSS Press, a publishing house with a primary focus on technical publications. He is also co-founder and technical director of SeismoSoft (Software Solutions for Earthquake Engineering), which develops freely distributed advanced software packages, used by more than 20000 users worldwide.
Finally, Dr. Pinho has more than 100 publications to his name, in the fields of seismic design/assessment of structures, estimation of earthquake risk/losses at urban or regional scale, development of advanced analytical tools for structural analysis of structures subjected to seismic action. He has also been involved in a number of consultancy projects involving seismic assessment and retrofitting of existing buildings.