Biographical Sketch

Biographical Sketch

I received the combined B.S. and Sc.M. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2002. Then I joined the Department of Energy, Nuclear and Environmental Engineering (now Department of Industrial Engineering) at the University of Bologna where I received my Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics (thermo-fluid dynamics) in 2006. I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the same Department from 2006 to 2010. In those years, I performed research in theoretical, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, and taught courses in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. From 2010 to 2015 I was appointed as Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics (Research) at Brown University and thought courses in scientific computing and numerical approximation of PDEs. In 2015 I joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at UC Santa Cruz. My research interests embrace a wide range of topics. In particular, I have been working on reduced-order stochastic modeling, bi-orthogonal methods for random processes and fields, differential geometry, nonlinear functional analysis, field theoretic methods and principles of least action, probability density function methods, stochastic PDEs, multi-fidelity modeling, data assimilation, stochastic domain decomposition methods, and functional differential equations. While at University of Bologna, I was also involved in a more applied research conducted in collaboration with various companies. In particular I worked on projects on heat pipes, experimental fluid dynamics (3D-DPIV), granular flows, solar tracking, and vacuum processes.