Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics

Mayor employments and achieved ranks

Italy

April 2009 - present Head of the Dept. of Mechanical and Structural Engineering, University of Trento.
April 2008 - present Full professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics, Dept. of Mechanical and Structural Engineering, University of Trento and visiting research professor at the STR.E.GA. Laboratory, University of Molise, Termoli (CB).
Jan. 2005 - March 2008 Full professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics, S.A.V.A. Dept. University of Molise, Campobasso (CB).
2003 Rank of Full Professor.
Nov. 2001 – Dec. 2004 Tenure track position as Associate Professor of Continuum Mechanics (Solid Mechanics, Strength of Materials and Structural Analysis) at the University of Ferrara.
2000 Rank of Associate Professor

USA & Canada

Aug. 28 - Sep. 5 2009 Visiting at the Department of Mathematical Sciences - Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA 15213.
April 15 - May 14 2009 Visiting at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Aug. - Sep. 2008 Visiting at the Rheology Research Center and Dept of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Aug. - Sep. 2007 Visiting at the Dept of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
July - Aug. 2006 Co-op endowed Visiting Professor, College of Engineering and Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM), Cornell University, New York 14853.
Jan. - June 2005 Visiting Professor at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis and Department of Mathematical Sciences - Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA 15213.
Jan. - June 2004 Visiting Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM), Cornell University, 212 Kimball Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853.
Jan. - June 2002 Visiting professor at the University of Kentucky, Department of Mathematics, Group of Continuum Mechanics (coordinated by Dr. Chi-Sing Man), Lexington KY.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis and Department of Mathematical Sciences - Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA-USA.

  • Ph.D. in Continuum Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Structural Analysis and Applied Mathematics. Consortium among the Universities of Florence, Bari, Genova, Pisa, Udine-Italy.

  • Visiting graduate student at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis and Department of Mathematical Sciences-Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA-USA.

Memberships

  • Sept. 25, 2009: Member of the board of five coordinators of the Italian academic area of “Solid and Structural Mechanics”, s.s.d. ICAR/08;

  • Group of Mechanics of Materials, Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (AIMETA), national coordinator since March 2008 together with R. Massabň (Genova) and P. Vena (Milano);

  • Italian Group of Fracture, IGF;

  • National Group of Applied Mathematics, GNFM-ITALY.

  • SNP, Society for Natural Philosophy;

  • ISIMM, International Society for the Interaction between Mechanics and Mathematics.

  • February 2005-December 2006 Member of the panel of reviewer of the project X-Fast, Advanced Space Transportation, European Space Agency (ESA), ESTEC, AB-Technologies. Project Manager: Dr. Eng. Biagio Ancarola (see ref.s: 1, 2, 3, 4).

Recent talks and scientific activity

2010
February Ecole Polytechnique Paris-LMS, France (talk).

2009
September AIMETA 09-Ancona (talk).
August visit at the CNA-CMU Pittsburgh PA.
July ISDMM09-Trento (talk).
January GMA09-Polytechnic School-Milan, Italy (talk).

2008
September Opening colloquium at the RRC (Rehology Research Center) University of Wisconsin-Madison-WI-USA (reference: Prof. Dr. Eng. A. J. Giacomin, Chair, RRC). Click on here to watch the video of the talk.
July Invited speaker at the symposium on "Recent Developments in the theory and applications of Structured Deformations, Canada (reference: Prof. Dr. D. R. Owen).
May Invited speaker at the Workshop on "Modelling biomembranes and biological structures", USA (reference: Prof. Dr. Eng. T. J. Healey).
February Visiting professor at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Structural Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA (ref. Prof. Dr. Eng. E. Fried, now at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Mc Gill University, Montreal-Canada).

2007
October Invited speaker at the 44th Society of Engineering Sciences Conference-Bernard Coleman symposium, Texas A. & M., College Station TX, USA.
July-September Visiting professor at the:
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences and Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890 USA;
  • Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
  • January-February Invited lectures from the following institutions:
  • Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA;
  • Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA;
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Dept. (TAM) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA;
  • Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MI, USA.

  • 2006
    July-August Co-op endowed Visiting Professor, College of Engineering and Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM), Cornell University, 212 Kimball Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA.
    March-April Invited lectures from the following institutions:
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences and Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA Aerospace and Mechanics Dept., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN, USA (Host: Prof. Dr. Eng. R. D. James);
  • Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Washington University, Saint Louis MO, USA;
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Dept., Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA.

  • 2005
    January-June Invited Visting University Professor, Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA.

    2004
    June-September Visiting professor, Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA.
    January-June Invited seminars in the following institutions:
  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, MN-USA;
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Department (TAM), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA;
  • Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA;
  • University of Kentucky, Department of Mathematics (Group of Solid Mechanics), Lexington KY-USA.

  • 2003
    December Invited speaker at the Cofin 2002 Meeting, conference of the national grant "MMSM", national coordinator Prof. P. Podio-Guidugli, Bressanone, ITALY.
    November Invited speaker at the international conf. Colloquium Lagrangianum 2003, Montpellier, France.
    September Invited speaker at the SNP Meeting/IMA PI Conference: MultiscaleEffects in Material Microstructures and Defects, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY-USA.
    August Visiting at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA. Invited seminar, A new approach to texture and plasticity of polycrystals.
    February-March Visiting at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA.

    2002
    August-September Visiting at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA.
    July Invited lecturer at the CISM Course: Multiscale Modeling in Continuum Mechanics and Structured Deformations, International Center for Mechanical Sciences, Udine-Italy, July 15-19, 2002. Lecturers: D.R. Owen (USA), F. Marigo (FRA), M. Silhavi (Ceck Rep.), Le (D), G. Del Piero and R. Paroni, Italy.

    2001
    August Visiting at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA. Invited seminar, A new approach to texture and plasticity of polycrystals.
    February-March Visiting at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh-PA, USA.

    2000
    September Invited speaker c/o Meeting on Dissipative Effects in Mechanics”, Society for Natural Philosophy Meeting, University of California-Berkeley, USA (ref. Prof. Dr. D. Steigman).
    June Invited speaker c/o Euromech2000, minisymposia “Strain localization and phase transitions”, Metz, FRA (ref. Prof. Dr. C. Faciu, Cristian.Faciu@imar.ro).
    February Invited seminar c/o Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena-CA- USA (host: Prof. Dr. Eng. M. Ortiz).

    Recent grants

    From Industry

    2006 - present S.A.C.M.I. Imola S. C. Ceramics grant on "Modelling for cold and dry compaction of ceramic powders", joint grant with D.I.M.S.-Trento. Reference person for S.A.C.M.I. Imola S. C.: Dr. Eng. Alessandro Cocquio (Alessandro_Cocquio@sacmi.it).
    2005 - 2007 TRW Automotive grant. The subject of the work remains classified. Reference person for TRW Automotive: Dr. Eng. Bruno Bertagna (Bruno.Bertagna@TRW.COM).

    From Public Sources

    2007 - 2008 Chair and coordinator of INTERREG-Card-Phare Meetigation of Seismisk Risk and Modelling", Croatia-Molise program.
    2003 - 2006 Member of the National Grant "Modeling of Polycristalline Materials", in Applied Mathematics, Solid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering.

    Summary of the recent teaching activity

    Academic Year 2008-2009
    • Solid Mechanics II, BS course for Mechanical and Material Science and Engineering majors, College of Engineering, University of Trento-Italy.
    • Solid Mechanics and Advanced Structural Engineering II, BS course for Civil Engineering majors, College of Engineering, University of Trento-Italy.
    • Solid Mechanics and Advanced Structural Engineering, MS course for Building and Architectural Engineering majors (EU program), College of Engineering, University of Trento-Italy.
    Academic Year 2007-2008
    • Solid Mechanics I, BS course for Mechanical and Material Science and Engineering mahors, College of Engineering, University of Trento-Italy.
    • Solid Mechanics II, BS course for Mechanical and Material Science and Engineering mahors, College of Engineering, University of Trento-Italy.
    Academic Year 2006-2007
    • Structural Design, BS course for Civil Engineering majors, Applied Structural Design I and II, courses for Industrial Engineering majors, ,College of Engineering, University of Molise-Italy.
    • Solid Mechanics II, BS course for Mechanical and Material Science and Engineering majors, College of Engineering, University of Trento-Italy.
    Academic Year 2005-2006
    • TAM310 Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Cornell University Summer 2006.
    • Statics, Theory of Structures, Strength of Materials - Termoli (Civil Eng.)
    • Strength of Materials - Campobasso (Mechanical Eng.)
    • Basics of Solid and Fracture Mechanics - University of Ferrara (Mechanical Eng. and Material Science)
    Academic Year 2003-2004
    • Spring Semester 2003-2004 (January-June 2004): Topics in Continuum Mechanics, TAM754: Multiscale Geometry in the Statics and Dynamics of Microstructural Changes. Graduate Program in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Ithaca NY -USA.
    Theses advised
    • PhD., Galuppi, L.: On the influence of the Laplace pressure on sintered materials: ongoing research. Solid Mechanics Group, Dept, of Mechanical and Structural Engineering, University of Trento.
    • PhD: Zurlo, G.: Material and geometric phase transitions in biological membranes, Dissertation for the fulfilment of the Doctorate of Philosophy in Structural Engineering and Continuum Mechanics (Advisors: L. Deseri, R. Paroni, S. Marzano, Co-Advisor T. J. Healey), University of Pisa, (2006).
    • BS thesis about "Measure of the stress intensity factor for ceramic materials suitable for biomedical applications", in collaboration with the Ceramics Center of ENEA (National Agency of Alternative Energies and Technologies)- Faenza-RA-Italy;
    • MS thesis about "Meshless models for the predictions of rate sensitive irreversible large deformation processes in manufacturing".
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