Pisanò, F.


Federico is Assistant Professor in Offshore Soil Mechanics. His research interests include the numerical and constitutive modelling of geotechnical systems with emphasis on Offshore Geotechnical Engineering. He coordinates the MSc courses of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Dynamics, with invited contributions to Marine Pipelines and Offshore Wind Farm Technology (online course). He is constantly eager to get in touch with enthusiastic coworkers (PhD and MSc students), and establish new research connections worldwide.


Federico received his BSc in Environmental Engineering (2005), MSc in Civil Engineering (2007) and PhD in Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering (2011) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In 2009, he joined as a visiting PhD student the Mathematical Modelling in Engineering group at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain. Upon earning the PhD degree, he was post-doctoral researcher at the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (2011-2012, 2013-2014) and University of California Davis, USA (2012-2013).

In November 2014 Federico was appointed by TU Delft as Assistant Professor of Offshore Soil Mechanics and joined both the sections of Geo-Engineering (Department of Geoscience and Engineering) and Offshore Engineering (Department of Hydraulic Engineering) in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CiTG).


Federico is active in the area of theoretical and computational Geomechanics, with focus on the solution complex non-linear problems. His current research focuses on offshore applications  and includes:

  • constitutive modelling of soils under cyclic loading
  • macroelement modelling of soil-structure interaction
  • integrated 3D modelling of dynamic soil-structure interaction in offshore structures (wind turbines, jack-ups, etc.)
  • analysis of buried pipelines interacting with liquefied soils

The above research subjects are developed in parallel with other scientific interests, such as the stability analysis of rate-dependent geomaterials and the numerical simulation of seismic waves in both dry and water-saturated soils.

Significant Recognitions

  • Martin Fahey Visiting Fellowship 2016 awarded by the Centre of Offshore Foundation Systems (Australia)
  • Leo Finzi Prize 2007 awarded by Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Italy) to outstanding MSc dissertations on Continuum and Structural Mechanics

International Journal Responsibilities

Reviewer for: Acta Geotechnica, Computers and GeotechnicsEuropean Journal of Environmental and Civil EngineeringGéotechniqueGéotechnique LettersJournal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE)Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE)Meccanica, Ocean EngineeringSoil Dynamics and Earthquake EngineeringSoils and Foundations


  • Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI)
  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • ISSMGE Technical Committee for Offshore Geotechnics (TC209)


  • Visiting scholar at University of California Davis, USA (Sept-Oct 2014, Sept 2015)
  • Visiting scholar at  COFS - University of Western Australia, Australia (Apr-Jun 20116)

Federico Pisanò

Assistant Professor

  • +31 15 27 82844
  • F.Pisano@tudelft.nl
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

    Building 23

    Stevinweg 1 / PO-box 5048

    2628 CN Delft / 2600 GA Delft


    Room number: 00.500