|LORCA, LA VIÑA AREA, BEFORE AND AFTER THE EARTHQUAKES, MAY 11 2011|
Mário Manuel Paisana dos Santos Lopes, graduated in Civil Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, in 1982. He was awarded the Edgar Cardoso prize of that year, for the best student in the área of Bridges and Special Structures. In 1987 he got his MsC degree in Structural Engineering from IST and in 1991 he got his PhD in Earthquake Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. Since 1991 he is assistant professor at the Civil Engineering Department of IST, having participated in numerous research projects and thought several subjects of structural engineering. He is author of several papers published in international journals and conferences. He has also participated in several projects of reinforced concrete buildings and bridges, as well as of other structures. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Portuguese Society of Earthquake Engineering (SPES) since 1996, and in the framework of the respective activities, has organized several events to raise awareness to the seismic problem and wrote several documents on earthquake risk mitigation policies.