About Domenico Gallipoli

 

Dr Domenico Gallipoli, Laurea, PhD MEng

Domenico Gallipoli is Reader in Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow where he teaches to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He undertakes an intense research activity in the area of geotechnical engineering where he specializes in soil mechanics (in particular unsaturated soil behaviour), development of experimental techniques for soil testing and computational-constitutive models for geotechnical engineering. He has served as a member of the Géotechnique Advisory Panel and is currently Chairing the Editorial Board of the 2011 Géotechnique Symposium in print on “Partial Saturation in Compacted Soils”. He has written around 70 articles on various aspects of soil mechanics. Dr Gallipoli acts as a technical adviser to Geomarc for specific problems regarding unsaturated soils and computational finite element modelling.

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Education

Dr Gallipoli obtained a PhD degree from the University of Glasgow in December 2000 with a dissertation on “Constitutive and Numerical Modelling of Unsaturated Soils”. While a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, Dr Gallipoli was also the recipient of funding from the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italian National Research Council) to undertake numerical investigation on the effect of pressuremeter expansion rate in unsaturated clayey soils.

Prior to embarking on the PhD, Dr Gallipoli graduated “cum laude” as Civil Engineer from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy (1996) with a dissertation on “Slope Deformations due to an Increment of the Stress State” (“Deformazioni di un pendio dovute ad un incremento dello stato tensionale”). The work was partly carried out as a visiting Erasmus student at the University of Glasgow, UK funded by the European Commission.

Career chronology

Dr Gallipoli is a Reader in Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow where he has been appointed as permanent academic staff in March 2007, about six years after the award of his doctoral degree. At the University of Glasgow, Dr Gallipoli is the Head of Graduate Studies in Engineering and a member of the Management Committee of the School of Engineering. Dr Gallipoli currently teaches Engineering Mathematics (for MEng undergraduate students), Ground Engineering (for MEng undergraduate students) and Rock Mechanics, Tunnelling and Groundwater (for MSc postgraduate students).

From 2008 to 2010 he has been co-director of the Master (MSc) programme in Geotechnics jointly run by the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University with training contributions from engineering consultancies and contractors in the West of Scotland. During the academic year 2008-2009, he has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, UK where he has delivered a course as part of the MSc programme in Geotechnics.

Prior to the current appointment at the University of Glasgow, Dr Gallipoli was a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Durham University, UK (2002-2007) where he was also Chair of the Board of Examiners for the MSc in Geo-engineering run by that university from 2006 to 2007. At Durham University, he has been responsible for teaching a number of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and, in particular, he has been responsible for the development and teaching of a new postgraduate course on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics. While a Lecturer at Durham University, he spent a sabbatical period at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Spain as an Invited Research Fellow working with Prof Antonio Gens funded by the Royal Society of Britain.

Before taking up the post at the University of Durham, Dr Gallipoli was the recipient of an individual “Marie Curie” Fellowship funded from the European Commission (2000-2002) to undertake research on constitutive modelling of unsaturated soils at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Spain.

Since 1997 Dr Gallipoli is a member of the “Ordine degli Ingegneri” (i.e. the body which regulates the engineering profession in Italy).

Research profile

Dr Gallipoli has given invited seminars at various institutions worldwide including Imperial College in the UK, Tsinghua University and Tongji University in China, the Universidad Federal Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, the University of Western Australia in Australia, the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. He has co-authored key-note addresses at the 4th Brazilian Symposium on Unsaturated Soils (2001, Brazil) and the 2nd International Conference on Problematic Soils (2006, Malaysia). He has also co-authored one invited paper at the 3rd Asian Conference on Unsaturated Soils (2007, China). He was an invited speaker at the Workshop on Climate Change and Slope Stability (2007, Singapore), at the Annual Conference of the British Geotechnical Association (2008, UK) and at the 2009 Géotechnique Symposium-in-Print on Thermal behaviour of the Ground (2009, UK). He is the Chair of the Editorial Board of the 2011 Géotechnique Symposium-in-Print on Partial Saturation in Compacted Soils and has been a member of the Editorial Board of the 2009 Géotechnique Symposium-in-Print on the Thermal Behaviour of the Ground. He has been a member of the Géotechnique Advisory Panel (2006-2009), which is the editorial board of the international journal Géotechnique published by the British Institution of Civil Engineers.

He was a Co-Chair of the 1st European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UK, 2008) and has sat on the Advisory Committees of four international conferences, namely the 5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (Spain, 2010), the 4th Asian Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils (Australia, 2009), the 2nd International Conference on Long Term Behaviour of Dams (Austria, 2009) and the 1st International Conference on Long Time Effects and Seepage Behaviour of Dams (China, 2008). He has been session chairman at several international conferences including the 5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (Spain, 2010), the 11th Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium of the British Geotechnical Association (UK, 2010), the 4th Asian-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils (Australia, 2009), the 10th Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium of the British Geotechnical Association (UK, 2008), the 2nd International Conference on the Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils (Germany, 2007) and the 6th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (Austria, 2006). He also is (or has been) a scientific referee for eleven international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Gallipoli has written more than sixty articles on various aspects of soil mechanics, which are published in international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. His scientific contributions cover a variety of areas including constitutive modelling, computational simulation, laboratory testing and field measurements. Two long-standing research interests of Dr Gallipoli relate to: a) the formulation of constitutive models that describe engineering properties of soils taking into account the strong link between mechanical behaviour and pore water retention and b) the development of finite element codes, incorporating coupled hydro-mechanical material models, for the study of geotechnical boundary value problems. More recently, Dr Gallipoli’s research has also focused on laboratory testing of soils, environmental scanning electron microscopy of granular materials and development of field instrumentation. One recent application of Dr Gallipoli’s research relates to the in-situ characterization of the engineering properties of soils and, in particular, to the interpretation of pressuremeter tests in unsaturated soils.

Research collaborations and fund-raising

Dr Gallipoli has secured research funding from several public and industrial institutions including a total of about 1,715,000 Euros from the European Commission, a total of about 190,000 Pounds from EPSRC (i.e. the British council for funding research in engineering and physical sciences), a total of 24,000 Pounds from the company Wykeham Farrance Limited and other smaller grants from the British Royal Society and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (i.e. the Italian research council). In collaboration with the company Wykeham Farrance Limited (one of the largest international manufacturers of soil testing equipment) and co-workers at Durham University, Dr Gallipoli developed a tensiometer probe capable of continuously measuring negative pore water pressures in soils at values lower than -1600 kPa. This probe is being used in the development of innovative laboratory and field techniques for controlling or measuring suction in unsaturated soils.

Particularly notable has been Dr Gallipoli’s role of Coordinator of the “Marie Curie” Research Training Network on Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils for Engineering (MUSE - http://muse.dur.ac.uk) from 2004 to 2008. This was a four years project that has been funded by the European Commission with a budget of about 1,250,000 Euros and has ended in November 2008. During the course of the project, the MUSE network has undertaken an extensive cooperative programme of training and research in the areas of laboratory testing, numerical modelling and field applications relevant to unsaturated soils. The MUSE network has involved six European universities (the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Spain, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France, the Università degli Studi di Trento in Italy, the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Italy, the University of Glasgow in the UK and Durham University in the UK) and five associated industrial partners (Geomod in Switzerland, Geotechnical Observations in the United Kingdom, Provincia di Bolzano in Italy, Terrasol in France and Wykeham Farrance Ltd in the United Kingdom), all of them recognized as key international players in geotechnical engineering.

During the last seven years, Dr Gallipoli has supervised three postdoctoral research assistants, seven PhD students, nine MSc postgraduate research dissertations and over twenty undergraduate final year research projects.

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