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Prof. Gilberto Artioli

University of Padova – Italy

“Modern and ancient masonry: nature and role of the binder”
Gilberto Artioli is Professor of mineralogy and crystallography at the University of Padova (Italy). He received his Laurea Degree from the University of Modena (Italy) and his PhD from the University of Chicago (USA). Artioli’s interests focus on mineralogy and materials science applied to the investigation of industrial and cultural heritage materials, with scientific expertise in the use of combined techniques, including those based at large-scale facilities (synchrotron radiation, thermal and pulsed neutrons). He is the Director of the Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca per lo Studio dei Materiali Cementizi e dei Leganti Idraulici (known as CIRCe, or the centre for the investigation of cements) in Padova and is Chair of the International Union of Crystallography’s Commission on Crystallography in Art and Cultural Heritage. He is author of more than 250 publications on international peer reviewed journals and several books on the fields of expertise.

Prof. Xianglin Gu

Tongji University – China

Multi-Scale Analysis of Masonry Structures Based on Discrete Element Method
Xianglin Gu is a Professor and the Dean of College of Civil Engineering at Tongji University (China). He got his PhD degree in 1996 at Tongji University. His specific interests include progressive collapse of reinforced concrete and masonry structures, collapse analysis and simulation of reinforced concrete cooling towers, cracking analysis and regulation technologies of young concrete slabs and walls, multi-scale analysis of
reinforced concrete and masonry structures, life-cycle analysis and maintenance of existing reinforced concrete structures, and strengthening of concrete and masonry structures. He has published more than 60 international journal papers and one book in English.

Ms. Christine Subasic


A Survey of Green Building Programs in the U.S. and Sustainable Design Strategies Utilizing Masonry – Opportunities and challenges
Christine A. Subasic, P.E., LEED A.P. is a consulting architectural engineer specializing in masonry and sustainable design.  Ms. Subasic has provided technical support services, including standards development, educational seminars, and inspection services in the masonry industry for over 25 years.  A frequent speaker on sustainability and masonry, she has addressed audiences in over 20 states. She is active in ASTM Committees E60
on Sustainability and C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units, and participates on The Masonry Society (TMS) 402 subcommittee on veneer and glass block masonry and editorial subcommittee.  She is editor of The Masonry Society’s Sustainability E-Newsletter, and her work and dedication has been recognized by TMS as a recipient of the TMS President’s Award and TMS Service Award. She has written numerous articles and is the author of the books “Six-Minute Solutions for Civil PE Exam Structural Problems” and “Six-Minute Solutions for Structure I PE Exam” and co-author of the
“Masonry Designers’ Guide.”  Ms. Subasic received her Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Honors degree Structural Option from Pennsylvania State University.  She is a LEED ®  Accredited Professional and a registered professional engineer in Virginia and North Carolina.

Prof. MihaTomaževič

Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute – Slovenia

Some Considerations on Testing and Experimental Simulation of Seismic Behavior of Masonry Walls and Buildings
Miha Tomaževič holds a Bachelor of Engineering (1966) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees from the University of Ljubljana and Masters Degree (1977) from the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology in Skopje, Macedonia. He served as the Head of Department of Structures and Section of Earthquake Engineering for many years, and as the Director of the Institute from 1996 to 2005. Prof. Tomaževič’s research on earthquake
resistant masonry construction, a significant part of which is devoted to retrofit and rehabilitation of cultural heritage buildings, has led him to the publication of more than 400 technical papers and seven books. He taught courses on earthquake-resistant design of masonry structures at universities in Italy, Chile, Germany and India. He delivered more than 90 seminars and invited lectures at many universities and institutes in Europe and USA, China and Japan, Chile, Mexico and India. On the basis of his experience obtained in earthquake disaster mitigation activities at home, he served as a consultant to the governments of Italy and Mexico, as well as for UNIDO and the World Bank. He is a member of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Slovenian Academy of Engineers, and also of several national and international professional organisations and technical committees. He is recipient of several national and international awards and recognitions.