Meet New Faculty: Christian Carloni

Christian Carloni

Christian Carloni brings his structural engineering expertise to Case Western Reserve University from the University of Bologna in Italy. Get to know one of our newest faculty members:

What is the focus of your research? 

My research interests include formation and propagation of cracks in quasi-brittle materials (like concrete, ceramics, fiber reinforced composites, etc.), the study of historical masonry structures, and the use of innovative composite material to repair and strengthen damaged structures.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering and why did you focus on civil engineering?

My parents told me that when I was a toddler I used to play with LEGOs all day and that they had to hide them from me. My grandfather and then my father owned a construction company. My playgrounds were the construction sites. I have always been intrigued by the Roman and Gothic constructions and the science behind their buildings.

What drew you to the Case School of Engineering?

Its reputation and the friendly and collaborative environment

What’s your favorite thing about teaching and conducting research at the Case School of Engineering?

Students are great. As I started my new position, I was very impressed by the quality of the students. 

What are you hobbies outside the classroom and lab?

I play piano, swim, run and attend as many concerts at Severance Hall as possible.

What’s your favorite spot in Cleveland or on campus—or both?

My favorite spot on campus is Sages Café. I might be biased as I love coffee.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Working hard always pays off.