Dario Vecchio graduated in Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Pisa in September 2018. His final dissertation focused on the implementation of digital methods (H.B.I.M. environment) for the conservation of Built Heritages. After working as a Structural Engineer, he obtained in July 2020 the S.A.H.C. (Advanced Master in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Construction) from the University of Minho and UPC Barcelona. He discussed a final dissertation regarding the tensile stresses’ numerical and analytical evaluation of a metallic tie-rod (XVIIth century) that is connecting two side walls in the cimborio of the Monastery of Saint Cugat (Catalonia, ES). After gaining experience as a professional, in September 2021, he was hired, as a Graduate Researcher, at the University of Houston (TX, USA). Under the 12-121 N.C.H.R.P. project (National Cooperative Highway Research Program), he investigated, analytically and numerically, the shear design of highway prestressed concrete girders with FRP strands and auxiliary reinforcement, following the AASHTO provisions (American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials). Since March 2023, he joined the S4H Research Group, at the University of Minho, as a PhD Student.
Currently, he is investigating the out-of-plane mechanism, and the rocking motion, of masonry structures subjected to dynamic loading. His work will include analytical and numerical studies and several laboratory campaigns, that will be based on the use of shaking tables.