Curriculum Vitae

Education

03/2011 → Ph.D. Degree in 'Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems'. University of Trento, Faculty of Engineering, Trento, Italy. Thesis: Structural-model experiments revealing bifurcation, instability and localization. Advisor: Prof. D. Bigoni.

10/2007 → Full-Honors M.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering. University of Trento, Faculty of Engineering, Trento, Italy. Thesis: Sviluppo di Tecniche di Fotoelasticimetria. Advisor: Prof. D. Bigoni.

Professional experience

12/2016 - present → Assistant Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics (ICAR/08 - Scienza delle Costruzioni) at SISSA - International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy.

11/2012 - 11/2016 → Post Doc at SISSA - International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy. Host: Prof. A. DeSimone.

05/2011 - 10/2012 → Post Doc at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, Cambridge, UK. Host: Prof. N.A. Fleck.

11/2007 - 03/2011 → Ph.D. Student at the University of Trento, Faculty of Engineering, Trento, Italy. Host: Prof. D. Bigoni.

Financed research projects

11/2012 - 11/2016 → SISSA NOFYSAS 2012 Fellowships. Title of the project: Biomimetic micro-robots. Total funding for the research activity: 40 k€.

06/2016 - 05/2017 → Progetti Giovani GNFM 2016. Title of the project: Fracture and instability phenomena in soft active materials. Total funding for the research activity: 4,5 k€.

Scientific interests and research activity

The research activity, both theoretical and experimental, is in the field of the mechanics of solids and in the field of bio-inspired, limbless locomotion. In particular the main topics are:

  • locomotion and sensing of bio-inspired artifacts;
  • structural and material instabilities (buckling, flutter, divergence);
  • experimental and computational fracture mechanics;
  • localization of the deformation in elastic-plastic solids;
  • applications of photoelasticity.

Editorial activity

Reviewer for the following journals: Acta Biomaterialia, Engineering Failure Analysis, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Fracture, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, Meccanica, Mechanics Research Communications, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Journal of Elasticity, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, SAGE Open.

Awards

11/2011 → Award for outstanding Ph.D. Thesis, University of Trento, Trento, Italy.

09/2015 → AIMETA Junior Prize in Structural Mechanics, AIMETA2015, Genova, Italy.

Patents

06/2014 → Italian patent n. IT1408351-B (deposited June 7, 2011, published December 8, 2012, patented June 13, 2014). Title: 'Dispositivo strumentato per una caratterizzazione di una struttura interna di un blocco di formaggio'. Inventors: Davide Bigoni, Agostino Cavazza and Giovanni Noselli. Property: Fondazione Edmund Mach, S. Michele all'Adige, Italy.