Education

March 1978: degree in Civil Engineering, University of Padova, cum laude

Academic career and teaching activities
  • 1978 - 1983: teaching and research activity in Structural Analysis and Design at the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnica delle Costruzioni, Faculty of Engineering, University of Padova
  • 1983 - 1992: Assistant Professor (regular position) in Structural Analysis and Design, at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Padova
  • 1990/91, 1991/92: Associate Professor in Structural Analysis and Design, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento
  • November 1, 1992: Associate Professor of Structural Analysis and Design, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento
  • From October 1992: research activities at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Trento, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering
  • 2001: winner of the selection for Full Professor position, in the group "Structural Design" (H07B-Tecnica delle costruzioni), University of L'Aquila.
  • 2005: Full Professor position, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento.
  • 2006-2012: Associate Dean of the courses of Civil Engineering, University of Trento
  • 2018-2021: Associate Dean of the course of the 5-years Master course of Architecture and Building Engineering
  • 2019-2021: supervisor of the Materials and Structures Testing Laboratory 
Research interests

1)   steel structures for civil buildings and connections (welded or bolted) for steel structures;

2)   connections in metallic tubular structures;

3)   earthquake resistant steel structures;

4)   composite steel-concrete structures;

5)   existing timber structures: mechanical characterisation;

6)   rehabilitation procedures for existing timber structures;

7)   static and seismic behaviour of traditional timber structures;

8)   traditional connections in timber structures;

9) innovative connection systems in glued laminated timber;

10) fire resistance of structures and of timber structures.

Memberships in societies and scientific committees

Prof. Maurizio Piazza is member of the Working Group 20 "Wood and wood materials", within the Commission "Beni culturali - NORMAL" of UNI, dealing with standards about diagnostics and conservation of cultural heritage. In this context, he was responsible and rapporteur for the project UNI 11138 " Cultural Heritage. Wooden artworks. Load bearing structures in buildings. Proposals for the preliminary evaluation, the design and the execution of works".

He was member of the CNR Committee for the Italian standard. In this context two projects have been set up with the contribution of prof. Piazza: document DT 201:2005 “Guide for strengthening of timber structures through FRP systems” for the Working Group 20 "Wood and wood materials", document DT 206:2007 “Istruzioni per il Progetto, l’Esecuzione e il Controllo delle Strutture di Legno”.

He was associate member of the Monitoring Commission of the new Italian standards “Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni” (Year 2005-2006).

He is Italian delegate within the European TC 250 –SC 5 Timber Structures, and Chair of the National mirror Committee for Standard on Timber Structures UNI-CIS SC5 (since 2010).

He is member of the Monitoring Commission “Cabina di regia” of the new Italian standards “Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni 2008” (Year 2011-2012).

Prof. Maurizio Piazza is expert member of C.S.ll.pp. "Consiglio Superiore dei lavori pubblici".

He was member of RILEM Technical Committe 215-AST on Assessment of Timber Structures. He is member of RILEM Technical Committe 245-RTE on Reinforcement of Timber Elements in Existing Structures.

He is member of the Management Committee of COST Action FP1101 “Assessment, Reinforcement and Monitoring of Timber Structures”; MC member of COST Action FP1004 “Enhance mechanical properties of timber, engineered wood products and timber structures”; MC member of COST Action FP1402 "Basis of structural timber design - from research to standards".