Assistant Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics


2009 PhD Degree in "Materials and Structural Engineering", University of Trento, Italy.
2005 Civil Engineering Full-Honors Degree, University of Trento, Italy.

Professional experiences

12/2010 - present Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy.
10/2010 - 12/2010 Research Associate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy. Host: Prof. L Bardella
11/2009 - 09/2010 Research Associate, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering, University of Trento, Italy. Host: Prof. D. Bigoni and Prof. L. Deseri
11/2008 - 10/2009 Research Associate, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Host: Prof. J.R. Willis
8/2007 Visiting Scientist at the Department of Mathematics, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Host: Prof. A.B. Movchan


2019 2018 DICAM Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento, Italy.
2013 AIMETA Junior Prize in Solid and Structural Mechanics, XXI AIMETA Congress in Torino, Italy.
2012 Ceramic TTD (Technology Transfer Day) award (together with Prof. Bigoni and Prof. Piccolroaz), Tecnargilla2012 in Rimini, Italy.
2009 Award for outstanding Thesis, University of Trento, Italy.

Research Grants

Conference Organization

Referee activity

Examiner of the following PhD thesis:
  • Daniel O'Shea (2019) Hyperelasticity for Soft Biological Tissues and Fibre-Reinforced Composites using Orthotropic Fourth-Order Tensors, University of New South Wales (Australia);
Referee for the following research funding:
  • Referee for FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies) COFUND fellowship (2018);
Reviewer for the following journals:
  • Acta Biomaterialia;
  • AIP Conference Proceedings;
  • Applied Mathematical Modelling;
  • Archives of Mechanics;
  • Composites Part B: Engineering;
  • Construction & Building Materials;
  • Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics;
  • Engineering Fracture Mechanics;
  • Engineering Structures;
  • European Journal of Physics;
  • European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids;
  • Extreme Mechanics Letters;
  • Frontiers in Materials;
  • Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering;
  • International Journal of Mechanical Sciences;
  • International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics;
  • International Journal of Solids and Structures;
  • Journal of Applied and Computational Mechanics;
  • Journal of Elasticity;
  • Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science;
  • Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures;
  • Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology - ASME;
  • Journal of the European Ceramic Society;
  • Mathematical Problems in Engineering;
  • Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids;
  • Meccanica;
  • Mechanics of Materials;
  • Mechanics Research Communications;
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A;
  • Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics;
  • SAGE Open;
  • SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics;
  • Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics.

Students supervision

PhD students
  • Mattia Bacca (PhD, 2013) now Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (Canada);
  • Diego Misseroni (PhD, 2013) now Assistant Professor at the University of Trento (Italy);
  • Federico Bosi (PhD, 2015) now Associate Professor at the University College London (United Kingdom);
  • Summer Shahzad (PhD, 2016) now Structural Engineer at Ramboll Espoo (Finland);
  • Costanza Armanini (PhD, 2018) now post-doc at Khalifa University (United Arab Emirates);
  • Gianluca Rizzi (PhD, 2019) now post-doc at INSA-Lyon (France);
  • Alessandro Cazzolli (expected PhD defense in 2020).
Post-doc Students

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