Dr. Calabrese is an Associate Professor in the CSULB CECEM Department, joining as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017. He gained a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering in 2013. He was a visiting research fellow at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) from 2010-12 and a postdoctoral researcher of the ReLUIS Consortium, The Italian Network of University Laboratories in Earthquake Engineering, from 2013-2014.

He worked as a Structural Engineer at Foster & Partners, London and Italy for 7 years. He's been a registered engineer in Italy since 2009 and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Full Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) in the UK since 2017. Dr. Calabrese's current research interests are in the fields of experimental testing, structural dynamics, base isolation, vibration engineering and in the development of novel low-cost devices for the seismic protection of buildings.

He has carried out numerous large-scale experimental studies of base isolation systems and energy-absorbing devices on the shaking table at the Department of Structural Engineering of the University of Naples in Italy. This work has been instrumental in developing low-cost seismic isolation systems using recycled rubber and flexible reinforcements for seismic protection of buildings in developing regions.