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Dr Elisa Bertolesi
Lecturer in Structural Engineering

Howell Building 236


Elisa Bertolesi is Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brunel University London (UK). Dr Bertolesi obtained her PhD (with Honours) in Architecture, Built Environment & Construction Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy). The PhD Thesis obtained international recognition when it was awarded the Postgraduate Project Prize by the prestigious International Masonry Society (London, UK). In February 2018, Dr. Bertolesi won a competitive post-doctoral grant with a two-year contract from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a Juan de la Cierva post-doctoral fellowship.

Dr. Bertolesi participated in seven projects that obtained funding in open competition from the European Commission, BBVA Foundation and the Spanish State Research Agency. Her work in these projects included structural monitoring by means of optical sensors and full-scale experimental testing and advanced numerical modelling of masonry and steel structures and structures subjected to extreme events. Since 2018, Dr. Bertolesi has been collaborating with the spin-off company CALSENS ( and the Building Resilient Group ( at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain).

Her academic profile is characterised by a high degree of international activity. To date Dr Bertolesi has published more than 35 papers in high-impact journals (h-index 16 - Scopus: In addition, Dr Bertolesi is a peer reviewer for 17 high impact factor journals and collaborates with the editorial board of the ASCE - Journal of Composites for Construction, Scientific Reports (Springer Nature). The most important recognition of her scientific achievements was her appointment as Managing Editor of the prestigious first-quartile JCR-indexed Journal Construction and Building Materials. Dr Bertolesi participated as Guest Editor for the collection "Numerical Modelling Trends for Historical Masonry Structures", published by Frontiers in Built Environment (Computational Methods in Structural Engineering).


  • Lecturer in Structural Engineering, Brunel University London (UK) - 2020 - present
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Juan de la Cierva, Universitat Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) - 2020 - 2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Universitat Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) - 2018-2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) - 2017-2018
  • PhD (with Honours) in Architecture, Built Environment & Construction Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy).


  • Coordinator of Level 3 BEng/MEng Dissertation projects.

Newest selected publications

Caredda, G., Porcu, MC., Buitrago, M., Bertolesi, E. and Adam, JM. (2022) 'Analysing local failure scenarios to assess the robustness of steel truss-type bridges'. Engineering Structures, 262. pp. 114341 - 114341. ISSN: 0141-0296 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bertolesi, E., Fagone, M., Rotunno, T., Grande, E. and Milani, G. (2022) 'Experimental characterization of the textile-to-mortar bond through distributed optical sensors'. Construction and Building Materials, 326. pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

Journal article

Capozucca, R., Grande, E., Milani, G. and Bertolesi, E. (2022) 'Fully analytical model for the analysis of externally bonded composites applied to brittle supports: sensitivity analysis'. International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, 1 (1). pp. 1 - 1. ISSN: 2056-9459

Journal article

Giordano, E., Bertolesi, E., Clementi, F., Buitrago, M., Adam, JM. and Ivorra, S. (2021) 'Unreinforced and TRM-Reinforced Masonry Building Subjected to Pseudodynamic Excitations: Numerical and Experimental Insights'. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 147 (12). pp. 04021107 - 04021107. ISSN: 0733-9399

Journal article

Milani, G., Grande, E., Bertolesi, E., Rotunno, T. and Fagone, M. (2021) 'Debonding mechanism of FRP strengthened flat surfaces: Analytical approach and closed form solution'. Construction and Building Materials, 302. pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 0950-0618 Open Access Link

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