Nato a Firenze il 16 Luglio 1975.
May 2021 – Present: Assistant Professor (RTD, art. 24 c.3-b L. 240/10) in Structural Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence (with Associate Professor habilitation from March 2017).
Previous positions (including main temporary visiting positions)
Sep 2016 – Apr 2021: Assistant Professor (RTD, art. 24 c.3-a L. 240/10) in Structural Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence.
Mar 2007 – Aug 2016: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Florence.
Aug 2005 – Feb 2012: For many times, Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Aeroelasticity, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Göttingen (Germany), invited by Dr. Günter Schewe and financially supported by the DLR projects “3D Effects in Separated Flows” (2009-2011) and “Numerical Simulations of Flows around Bluff Bodies” (2007-2008).
Feb 2005: Visiting Scientist at the wind tunnel laboratory “Jules Vernes” of CSTB, Nantes, France.
May 2006: PhD in “Vulnerability and Fluid-Soil-Structure Interaction”, University of Florence, Italy – Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany (top marks).
July 2002: Master degree in Environmental Engineering, University of Florence (top marks).
September 2018:PUBLONS PEER REVIEW AWARD 2018 “for placing in the top 1% of reviewers in Engineering".
July 2014:EASD JUNIOR AWARD 2014, European Association for Structural Dynamics (EASD); award in the area "Applications of Structural Dynamics" for “his significant contributions in developing procedures linking structural dynamics with wind engineering problems".
July 2011:IAWE JUNIOR AWARD 2011, International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE); for “his many contributions to the modeling of dynamic wind load effects”.
June 2008: ANIV AWARD 2008, Italian Association for Wind Engineering (ANIV); for the best scientific paper on a wind engineering topic published in an international journal in the previous two years by a young Italian researcher.
Co-author of more than 150 papers (36 international journal papers).
Hirsch-index: 19 (Scopus).
Citations: 1147 (Scopus).
Activities for scientific journals
Jul 2021 – Present: Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.
2009 – Present: Reviewer of more than 250 manuscripts for 30 International Journals
Roles in research centers and scientific associations
2022 – Present: Member of the IABSE Task Group 3.1 on “Super Long Span Bridge Aerodynamics”.
2021 – Present: Director of the Inter-university Research Centre on Building Aerodynamics and Wind Engineering (CRIACIV).
2020 – Present: Member of the Organizing Committee of the “Benchmark on the Aerodynamics of a Rectangular 5:1 Cylinder” (BARC).
2020 – Present: Secretary General and member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering (ANIV).
2017 – 2021: Secretary General and member of the Executive Board of CRIACIV.
Aug 2022: Keynote lecture (“Advances in modelling the wind-induced response of long-span bridges”) at the International Conference on Advances in Wind and Structures (AWAS22), Seoul, Republic of South Korea.
Jan 2021: Invited lecture (“Nonlinear modelling of self-excited forces for a long-span bridge under turbulent wind”) at the International Wind Engineering Seminar 4: Developments in Bridge Aerodynamics, sponsored by IAWE and organized by the University of Birmingham, UK.
Sep 2019: Invited lecture (“Experimental study on the interference of galloping and vortex-induced vibration in slender rectangular structures”) at the 2nd Symposium on Wind and Structure Interaction (WaS 2), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- 55 oral presentations of papers at 41 international conferences and 12 national conferences (since 2005).
- Member of the Scientific Committee of several international and national conferences (ICWE 2023, Florence, Italy;IN-VENTO 2022, Milan, Italy;BBAA 2020, Birmingham, UK; ISFA 2020, Paris, France; IN-VENTO 2020, Lecco, Italy; BBAA 2016, Boston, US).
- Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the 16th International Conference on Wind Engineering (ICWE 2023), Florence, August 27-31, 2023.
- Member of the Organizing Committee of the 12th Italian National Conference on Wind Engineering (IN-VENTO 2012), Venice, October 7-10, 2012.
- Chairman of technical sessions at several international conferences (EACWE 2022, Bucharest, Romania; IN-VENTO 2022, Milan, Italy; ICWE 2019, Beijing, China; CWE 2018, Seoul, South Korea; ESMC 2018, Bologna, Italy; IN-VENTO 2018, Naples, Italy; EACWE 2017, Liège, Belgium; ISFA 2016, Tokyo, Japan; IN-VENTO 2016, Terni, Italy; IN-VENTO 2014, Genoa, Italy; ICWE 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
Activities for Doctoral Schools
2014 – Present: Supervisor of 4 PhD students of the International PhD Course in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence, University of Pisa, University of Perugia, Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany).
2016 – Present: Member of the Board of Teachers of the International PhD Course in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence, University of Pisa, University of Perugia, Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany).
Oct 2022: External reviewer and member of the examination committee of a Ph.D. thesis at the University of Pisa, Italy (Elena Pasqualetto, “Study of separated flows through experiments and simulations”).
Oct 2021: Member of the examination committee of a Ph.D. thesis at the École Polytechnique, Paris, France (Øyvind Mortveit Ellingsen, “Vortex-induced vibrations on industrial chimneys”).
Oct 2021: Member of the examination committee of a Ph.D. thesis at the International PhD Course in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence, University of Pisa, University of Perugia, Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) (Bernardo Nicese, “Influence of cross-section details on vortex-induced vibrations of bridge decks: experiments and modeling”).
Feb-Mar 2020: External reviewer and member of the examination committee of a Ph.D. thesis at the University of Pisa, Italy (Benedetto Rocchio, “Modeling and simulation of massively separated wakes”).
Jun 2019: Opponent for a Ph.D. thesis exam at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) of Trondheim, Norway (Tore Andreas Helgedagsrud, “Wind forces on bridge decks using state-of-the-art FSI methods”).
Jun 2019: External reviewer of a Ph.D. thesis at the University of La Coruña, Spain (Antonio José Álvarez Naveira, “Simulation of vortex shedding and vortex induced vibrations in multibox bridge decks using CFD”).
May 2017: Member of the examination committee of a Ph.D. thesis at the International PhD Course in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence, University of Pisa, University of Perugia, Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) (Andrea Giachetti, “Wind effects on permeable building envelopes: a two-dimensional exploratory study”).
Teaching (a selection of the most relevant courses)
2019 – Present: Regular lecturer of Steel Structures, Master Degree in Civil Engineering, University of Florence.
2017 – Present: Regular lecturer of Wind Engineering, Master Degree in Civil Engineering, University of Florence.
2009 – 2016: Co-lecturer of Wind Engineering, Master Degree in Civil Engineering, University of Florence.
2018 – Present: supervisor of 15 Master’s theses.
2008 – Present: co-supervisor of 18 Master’s theses and 1 Bachelor’s thesis.
Recent post-graduate teaching
Feb 2022: Lecture on “Wind tunnel testing of structures” for the Doctoral School of Seoul National University, Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering.
2018-21: Organizer of the following courses for the International PhD Course in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Florence: “Random Vibrations and Probabilistic Approaches for Structural Analysis” (2018), “Structural Calculation through Probabilistic Methods: Random Dynamics, PEER Approach and Bayesian Update of Finite Element Models” (2019), “Random Dynamics of Linear Systems and Bayesian Update of Engineering Models” (2020 and 2021).
Sep 2017: Lecturer for the PhD course on “Design of Wind-Excited Civil Structures” at the University of Roma La Sapienza.
Nov 2016: Keynote Speaker on "Turbulence modelling strategies" for the Workshop on “Computational Fluid Dynamics for Wind Energy Applications", PhD Course MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS - Innovative Training Networks - Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014.
Participation to research projects
2021 – Present: Principal Investigator of the two-year project “WIND-induced Flutter devices for Energy hArvesting in turbulent flows” (WIND-FLEA, 41,396 €); competitive research project call of the University of Florence reserved to research associates (RTDs).
2003 – 2012: Member of the local research unit in four projects PRIN (PERBACCO, AER-BRIDGE, WI-POD, AEROGEN) and in the EU RFCS Research Project STEELWAR.
Scientific Manager of the following CRIACIV research contracts:
2022: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) for “Wind tunnel tests to assess the traffic safety and the wind loads and effects on the new bridge over the river Cetina in Croatia” (30,000 € + VAT).
2022: AEI Progetti S.r.l. (Italy) for “Preliminary study of the wind action on a tall building in Tirana” (3600 € + VAT).
2022: Comunità della Valle di Cembra (Italy) for “Wind tunnel tests on the suspension bridge between Gresta and Grumes (TN)” (25,000 € + VAT).
2022: Techproject Srl (Italy) for “Wind tunnel tests on the Torre Piloti in Genoa” (38,600 € + VAT).
2021-22: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S (Denmark) for “Wind tunnel tests for the experimental assessment of aerodynamic coefficients of towers arranged in groups with and without strakes” (27,160 € + VAT).
2021: LMV - Laboratoire de Mathématiques de Versailles, UMR8100 UVSQ-CNRS (France) for “Wind tunnel tests for the assessment of the wind loads on the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris” (30,000 € + VAT).
2020-21: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S (Denmark) for “Wind tunnel tests for the experimental assessment of aerodynamic coefficients of towers arranged in groups” (94,900 € + VAT).
2020-21: MAEG Costruzioni S.p.A. for “Wind tunnel tests on the arch bridge Drini, Kukes, Albania” (20,500 € + VAT).
2019-20: Municipality of Francavilla al Mare (CH, Italy) for “Wind tunnel tests on a pedestrian-bike bridge” (16,000 € + VAT).
2019: Italian Ministry of Defense for “Wind tunnel tests on a scale model of a steel hangar for parachuting activities” (32,000 € + VAT).
2018: GSD Real Estate S.r.l. for “Wind tunnel tests on the façades of the new building of the I.R.C.C.S. Orthopedic Institute Galeazzi in area ex-Expo 2015 in Milan” (39,500 € + VAT).
2018: Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA), Morocco, for “Wind tunnel tests on the roofing of the new Terminal of the Rabat-Salé Airport” (28,900 €).
2018: Cimolai S.p.A. for “Wind tunnel tests and dynamic response calculation of the roofing structures of Parco Minerali and Parco Fossili in the ILVA plant in Taranto” (47,500 € + VAT).
2018: Municipality of Florence for “Dynamic tests on the footbridge of Isolotto” (3,090 € + VAT).
2006 – present: Member of the research team for 26 CRIACIV research contracts (most of which requiring wind tunnel tests).
Activities for Standards
2020 – Present: Liaison Officer to the Ad-Hoc Group “Numerical Methods” for the Technical Committee CEN/TC 250/SC 1 “Eurocode 1, Actions on structures”.
2018 – Present: Member of the Committee for the revision of the Italian Recommendations CNR-DT 207 (“Guide for the Assessment of Wind Actions and Effects on Structures”).
- Ingegneria del vento
- Vibrazioni di strutture dovute all'azione del vento
- Aerodinamica dei corpi tozzi
- Sperimentazione in galleria del vento
- Fluidodinamica computazionale
- Dinamica delle strutture
- Identificazione da misure sperimentali dei parametri dinamici delle strutture
I ricevimenti telematici potranno essere concordati per e-mail oppure tramite messaggi via Moodle.
Born on July 16th, 1975 in Florence (Italy)
- Wind engineering
- Flow-induced vibrations
- Bluff-body aerodynamics
- Wind tunnel experiments
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Structural dynamics
- Identification from experimental measurements of structural dynamic parameters
Meetings with students can be agreed by e-mail or by messages through Moodle.