Education
  • 02/2013: PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Calabria (Rende, Italy)
    Thesis: Design and application of a novel microelectromechanical system for in situ SEM/TEM displacement controlled tensile testing of nanostructures

    Supervisors: Prof. Leonardo Pagnotta (Università della Calabria), Prof. Horacio D. Espinosa (Northwestern University)

 

  • 09/2010 - 06/2012: Visiting Researcher at the Micro and Nanomechanics Laboratory,   
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston (IL, USA)

 

  • 07/2009: Master degree in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude), University of Calabria (Rende, Italy)

 

  • 07/2007: Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude), University of Calabria (Rende, Italy)
Research interests
  • Design and application of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS);

 

  • Mechanical behavior of materials and structures at the micro/nanoscale;

 

  • Development and application of novel platforms to study the mechanical properties of nanomaterials.
Awards and honours
  • Zwick 2016 Science Award (1st prize)
     
  • Outstanding Lecture Award at 2014 Materials and Devices Workshop, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (USA), February 24-25, 2014
     
  • JMST Best Paper Award 2012 from Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology
     
  • Best Paper for the 8th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamics (FMA '10), Taipei, Taiwan, August 20-22, 2010