The Department is involved in a number of theoretic and experimental research activities dealing with the mechanics of materials and structures, structural engineering, structural dynamics, seismic vulnerability and risk, structural reliability, fire resistance of structures, analysis of traditional materials and structures, composites and innovative materials and structural systems for application in architecture and civil, industrial, biomechanical and materials engineering.

The department hosts the PhD Program in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering and Seismic Risk (DISGES) that involves different scientific sectors with multidisciplinary approach, offering to the students a program with solid physic-mathematical bases and advanced knowledge of the scientific aspects useful for the evaluation, monitoring and mitigation of risks, both natural and anthropic, with particular emphasis on seismic risk.