Dan Palermo

Contact Information

(416) 736-2100 ext. 31324


Campus Address

BRG 333C 11 Arboretum Ln. York University, Toronto ON M3J 1P3


Dr. Palermo is a Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to joining York University, he was a faculty member at the University of Ottawa from 2005-2013 and the University of Calgary in 2004.

Dr. Palermo serves as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE). He was the Chair of the CSCE Engineering Mechanics and Materials Division from 2013-2017. He is a member of the Member of ASCE Retrofit of Structures under Dynamic Loads Subcommittee; and an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Standard ASCE 7 (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures) Tsunami Loads and Effects (TLE) Subcommittee. Dr. Palermo is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

In 2018, Dr. Palermo received the York University President’s University-Wide Teaching Award and was awarded the distinction of Fellow from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. In 2012, he received the Tsunami Society International Award for Outstanding and Original Contributions to Tsunami Research. He was the recipient of the 2011 Faculty of Engineering (University of Ottawa) John V. Marsh Award for Excellence in Teaching and was honored with Outstanding Teaching by the University of Ottawa Direct Peer Review of Teaching in 2011.

  • Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from The University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
  • M.A.Sc. in Structural Engineering from The University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
  • B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from The University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
Areas of Expertise/Interest
  • Behaviour of reinforced concrete structures
  • Seismic repair and retrofit of concrete structures
  • Seismic applications of shape memory alloys
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis of reinforced concrete
  • Tsunami-induced loading of structures
  • Extreme loading
Recent Publications
  • Cortés-Puentes, W. L., and Palermo, D., “Performance Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Squat Shear Walls Design According to the NBCC 1965,” Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, May 2018.
  • Cheff, I. M., Nistor, I., and Palermo, D., “Pedestrian Evacuation Modelling of a Canadian West Coast Community From a Near-Field Tsunami,” Natural Hazards Journal Special Issue, Natural Disasters and 150th Commemoration of Canada As A Country, September 2018.
  • Cortés-Puentes, W. L., Zaidi, M., Palermo, D., and Dragomirescu, E. “Cyclic Loading Testing of Repaired SMA and Steel Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls,” Engineering Structures, V. 168, pp. 128-141, 2018.
  • Cortés-Puentes, W. L., and Palermo, D., “Modelling of Concrete Shear Walls Retrofitted with SMA Tension Braces,” Journal of Earthquake Engineering, April 2018.
  • Cortés-Puentes, W. L., and Palermo, D., “Seismic Retrofit of Concrete Shear Walls with SMA Tension Braces,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, V. 144, No. 2, 2018.
  • Abdulridha, A., and Palermo, D., “Behaviour and Modeling of Hybrid SMA-Steel Reinforced Concrete Slender Shear Wall,” Engineering Structures, V. 147, pp. 77-89, 2017.
Research Opportunities

Please contact Dan to inquire about current Research Opportunities.