I have joined the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment of the University of Southampton, Southampton UK, in April 2013. As an Academic, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work on interesting research projects, both nationally and internationally, and to teach students developing their skills and ambitions in engineering.
I have developed an outstanding profile in teaching and research forged by a number of unique multi-cultural experiences (BSc and MSc degrees in Italy, Double MSc degree in Sweden, PhD degree in UK), which mark my modus operandi.
Teaching quality. Since the start of my teaching career in the Academic Year 2013/2014, and without any previous relevant experience, I have received consistently good ratings (about and above 4 out of 5) for teaching to a cohort of about 120 students. Nominations to “Outstanding Lecturer” at the Excellence in Teaching Awards 2014 & 2015 reflect the students’ satisfaction.
I am working with my colleagues at the University to modernise the programme of study. For example, I have designed a Level 7 of FHEQ module on Aeroelasticity (15 CATS) that reflects the rapidly changing needs of the aerospace industry. The module is industry-led, with an external company running a training workshop to provide students with the knowledge and skills expected in their future workplace. The module is also research-driven, with current research topics being used to complement the classic treatment of aeroelasticity.
Research interests. Research interests include computational fluid dynamics methods for aeroelasticity and aircraft design, and the development of nonlinear model reduction techniques for large coupled systems. The impact of my research activities has gained significant visibility within the international community reflecting the pivotal role I have played in the development of two software tools.
The initial involvement with NeoCASS (Next generation Conceptual Aero-Structural Sizing), a design tool based on computational methods for the aero-structural analysis and multidisciplinary optimization of aircraft layouts at the conceptual design stage, has been superseded by an active role in the development of CEASIOM (Computerised Environment for Aircraft Synthesis and Integrated Optimisation Methods), considered as one of the world’s most advanced tools for multi-fidelity integrated aircraft design. A strength of the tool is the possibility to quickly generate aerodynamic databases that can be used for stability analysis.
Track record of research funding. My research activities are or have been financially supported by a number of funding bodies. These include the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Airbus Operations Ltd, and the University of Southampton. To date, I have received about £0.3M as Principle Investigator.
|Mar 2017 – Present||Lecturer (tenured) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment of the University of Southampton, Southampton UK.|
|Oct 2016 – Dec 2016||Visiting Associate Professor at the National Laboratory of Aerospace, Beihang University, Beijing China.|
|Mar 2015 – Feb 2016||Seconded to Airbus Operations Ltd. (Filton, UK) financially supported by Royal Academy of Engineering under the Industrial Secondments Scheme (ISS1415\7\44). More details are available here.|
|Apr 2013 – Feb 2017||New Frontiers Fellow (tenure-track lecturer) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment of the University of Southampton, Southampton UK.|
|Apr 2011 – Mar 2013||Post-doctoral Research Associate in the School of Engineering of the University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK, with financial support from the EPSRC project “Nonlinear Flexibility Effects on Flight Dynamics and Control of Next-Generation Aircraft” (EP/I014594/1). More details are available here.|
|Oct 2008 – Mar 2012||PhD Student in the School of Engineering of the University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK.|
|Oct 2008 – Jun 2010||Research Assistant in the School of Engineering of the University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK, with financial support from the EC FP6 project “SimSAC – Simulating Aircraft Stability and Control Characteristics for Use in Conceptual Design” (FP6-030838). More details are available here.|
|Nov 2014||Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PR076955) for attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.|
|Mar 2012||PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from the School of Engineering of the University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK. Supervisor: Prof K.J. Badcock.|
|Oct 2008||MSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering (equivalent First class) from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. Supervisor: Prof S. Ricci.|
|Sep 2008||Double MSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering (TIME award) from the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Supervisor: Prof A. Rizzi|
|Sep 2005||BSc degree in Aerospace Engineering (equivalent First class) from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. Supervisor: Prof S. Ricci.|
|Honors and Awards|
|Mar 2017||AIAA Senior Member.|
|May 2015||Nominated Outstanding Lecturer at the Excellence in Teaching Awards 2015, University of Southampton, Southampton UK.|
|Sep 2014||Awarded La Penna Nera per la Nostra Montagna by Associazione Nazionale Alpini, Feltre, Belluno, Italy. See the following link for more information.
National newspapers: http://www.ilgazzettino.it/PAY/BELLUNO_PAY/penna_alpina_a_da_ronch_e_piol/notizie/877911.shtml
TV broadcast: http://www.telebelluno.it/wp/16264
|May 2014||Nominated Outstanding Lecturer at the Excellence in Teaching Awards 2014, University of Southampton, Southampton UK.|
|Dec 2012||Awarded Speciale Riconoscimento ai Ricercatori Bellunesi all’Estero by Rotary International, Belluno, Italy.|
|Sep 2008||Awarded Top Industrial Managers of Europe (TIME) programme between Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and KTH – Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).|
|Track Record of Research Funding|
|Jun 2017 – May 2018||Advanced Technologies for a Greener Aviation
Principle Investigator, Global Partnership Award 2017-18 (University of Southampton). Co-Investigator: Prof Flávio José Silvestre, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil
|Jan 2017 – Dec 2018||FALCon – Fast Aircraft Load Calculations
Principle Investigator, EPSRC (EP/P006795/1)
|Jun 2016 – Jul 2016||Modelling and control for next generation flexible aircraft
Visiting UK Researcher, FAPESP (2015/50448-3). Principle Investigator: Prof Flávio José Silvestre, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil
|Jan 2016 – Dec 2017||Modelling flexible aircraft with computational fluid dynamics
Principal Investigator, Xi’an Jiaotong University Open Project (SV2015-KF-18)
|Oct 2015 – Feb 2017||An outflow buffer zone based on the far-field self-similarity of high-Reynolds-number subsonic turbulent jet flows
Principal Investigator, Royal Academy of Engineering (NRCP1516/1/105)
|Oct 2015 – Feb 2016||Gust Response Analysis and Buffet of Elastic Aircraft in Transonic Flows
Principal Investigator, Royal Academy of Engineering (DVF1516\3\16)
|Mar 2015 – Feb 2016||Research and Academic Collaboration in Industrial Aircraft Design
Principal Investigator, Royal Academy of Engineering (ISS1415\7\44)
|Jan 2015 – Dec 2015||Fast Nonlinear Aeroelastic Search for Loads Assessment
Principal Investigator, Royal Academy of Engineering (NCRP/1415/51)
|Jan 2014 – Jun 2015||Aero-servo-elastic Assessment of Advanced Vehicles Concepts
Principal Investigator, Annual Adventures in Research Grant University of Southampton
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