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)

Academic career and teaching activities

Since 09/2022: Associate Professor

09/2019-09/2022: Assistant Professor (RTDB), University of Trento 

09/2014-08/2019: Fixed-term researcher (RTDA), University of Trento

05/2013-08/2014: Post-doctoral fellow, University of Trento

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