- Piramal Critical Care, Inc.R&D Project Manager, 2013 - present
- Piramal Critical Care, Inc.R&D Mechanical Engineer, 2012 - 2013
- University of Notre DameResearch Assistant, 2006 - 2012
I was born on September 25, 1982 in Giulianova (TE). My mom, Graziella, was an elementary school teacher, while my dad, Alberto, worked in the textile factory Standardtela in Notaresco. I spent the first 16 years of my life in the little town on San Giovanni. I attended the Raffaele D'Ilario elementary school in Voltarrosto, the Fedele Romani Middle School in Roseto degli Abruzzi, and finally the Liceo Scientifico Marie Curie in Giulianova. While attending elementary and middle school I took swimming lessons, and then also volleyball and some weight lifting. I didn't attend any of these three sports for longer than 3 years in a row. Between middle and high school I started taking tennis lessons, and I played in several under-16 regional tournaments.
I have three brothers. Riccardo was born in 1984, Manlio in 1988, and Sergio in 1997.
Almost half way through high school, my family transferred to the house where my dad was born, downtown Roseto degli Abruzzi, near the beach on the Adriatic coast. Since we moved there in 1999 I have also started enjoying fishing at the local pier with my friend Lorenzo. I also enjoy the beach, conveniently located about 100 meters from my front door :-) However, my skin is very white and sensitive to the sun ... but I still enjoy being constantly immersed in water.
After finishing high school I decided to move to the US to start college. My American family (from Orlando, FL) came visit us for Easter, and told me about this great aerospace engineering school in Florida. So, after completing high school and graduating with a 100/100 in July 2001, I was accepted into Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), in Daytona Beach, Florida.
During my collge career (2001-2006) I made some of the most important friendship of my life that I will always treasure. I went back home to Italy regularly almost every Christmas and summer break. I spent 2 summers at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, to pursue some undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Paolucci. I also worked for 2 summers at the Dante Alighieri school of Italian, in Siena, Italy, where I was the student assistant for the ERAU Italy study abroad programs. I was a math tutor in the Matrix Lab since 2002, and I was also an active member of many clubs and organizations. I am a member of AIAA, APS, SAE, MAA, SIAM and of the Albert Einstein Gesellschaft. I co‐funded the Tau Beta Rho Society (future Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society) at ERAU in 2006. I was also the president of the ERAU chapter of the MAA in 2003. I was awarded the Dalal Memorial Scholarship in 2004, and I received the Outstanding Academic Achievement and Leadership Award by the ERAU Student Activities in 2005. I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering and another Bachelor in Engineering Physics in May 2006. My whole family flew to Florida for my graduation.
After college, and after spending a long summer at home, in Italy, I moved to Notre Dame, Indiana, where I started working towards my Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (August 2006), under Dr. Paolucci's supervision. On January 17, 2007 I was contacted on MySpace by the most wonderful girl in the Universe, Mimi, from Tampa, Florida, who was looking for somebody to speak Italian with to improve her skills. I happened to be in Florida in July 2007 for my good friends Gonzalo and Darcy's wedding (I was his groomsman!) in St. Augustine. My brother Manlio, who was visiting me in the US, also came along. On July 25, 2007 I decided to take Manlio to Universal Studios in Orlando, and I called Mimi to check if she wanted to come with us. Well, she did come, we had an amazing time all together, and I instantly fell in love with her. On October 26, 2007 we officially started our relationship, and even though we are forced to see each other every 2 or 3 months for now, our relationship grows beautifully and constantly day by day. We got engaged in a uniquely rainy day in Rome, in front of the Trevi Fountain, on December 15, 2008. Mimi added so much more harmony and music to my life.
My doctoral work involves the physical understanding and the discrete/continuum modeling of nanofluids (fluids with a dispersion of nanoparticles.) In fact, recently‐conducted experiments have indicated that nanofluids tend to have substantially higher coefficients of thermal conductivity than the base fluids. This is both surprising and significant, and is the reason why the study of nanofluids and of their transport properties in particular, is important. A better understanding of nanofluids would enable us to potentially use most of the green chemicals we have today as working fluids for various engineering applications, simply by the addition of nanoparticles to control their efficiency. The low toxicity, long lifetime, and antimicrobial properties of such a fluid would make it suitable for use in spacecrafts, perhaps, to increase the efficiency, lower the weight, and reduce the complexity of space thermal control systems. Countless other applications could benefit from a better understanding of nanofluids. I received my Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in May 2010. I anticipate completing my doctorate degree by 2012.
While at Notre Dame I was awarded the Center of Applied Mathematics (CAM) Summer Fellowship in 2007, the AIAA Graduate Award 2008, and the CAM Graduate Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010.
I enjoy photography, playing tennis, cooking, fishing, traveling, and playing the piano.
- University of Notre DameMechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Doctorate, 2006 - 2012
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityAerospace Engineering and Engineering Physics, 2001 - 2006
- Liceo Scientifico Marie CurieMatematica / Informatica, 1996 - 2001