2023 Research Recognition for Innovation Recipient

Megan McGovern, PhD 

Piervincenzo Rizzo, PhD

Piervincenzo Rizzo, PhD, ASNT Fellow (class of 2022), received his Laurea (MS equivalent) in aeronautical engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy in 1998. After serving in the Italian Army Corps of Engineering, Rizzo moved to the US where he received  a master’s degree (2002) and a PhD (2004) in structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego. In September 2006 he became assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, associate professor with tenure in 2012, and full professor in 2018.

Rizzo’s research interests are in the area of NDT and structural health monitoring (SHM) using methods such as ultrasound, acoustic emission, solitary waves, and infrared thermography. His research has been supported by NSF, FRA, PennDOT, the National Academy of Sciences, and ASNT. Rizzo received the ASNT Faculty Grant Award (2007), Fellowship Research Award (2002, 2009, 2015, 2019, and 2020), Outstanding Paper Award (2013 and 2017), and Research Recognition for Innovation (2023). To date, he published 123 referred papers, 5 conference proceedings volumes, 8 book chapters, over 200 conference proceedings and reports, and 2 patents.