Biography

Professional Preparation

  • 2001: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1997: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1994: B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, summa cum laude, Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

Appointments

  • 07/2017-present: Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  University of California, Davis
  • 07/2011-06/2017: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  University of California, Davis
  • 07/2005-06/2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  University of California, Davis
  • 8/2002-06/2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
  • 8/2001-8/2002: Course Instructor for Computational Modeling for Civil and Environmental Engineers, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of  Technology
  • 6/1994-7/1996: Research Fellow, Microgravity Advanced Research and Support (MARS) Center, Naples, Italy

Fellowships, Honors, Awards

  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (December 2018)
  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the Materials Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2017/2018. Was a member of the Executive Committee from 2014, rotating through a number of officer positions, all the way to Chair of the Division.
  • Visiting professor fellowship, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), 2015/2016, Category A (outstanding researchers/professors with excellent track-record and international recognition). My ranking was #1 for the Faculty of Engineering.
  • US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007-2012
  • Luther Long III Award, Georgia Tech (USA), 2001-2002 for excellence in mechanics
  • Amelia Earhart International Award, 2000-2001 and 1997-1998
  • Clare Booth Luce Fellowship (USA), 1998-2001
  • Georgia Tech Women’s Forum Award (USA), 1998
  • Fellowship from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, for graduate studies in United States, 1996-1997

Other Professional Activities

Co-founder (with Rachael Fulp-Cooke, MPH) and Chief Technology Officer of a start-up focused on the design of safer bicycle helmets for hard-to-fit children (2016-present)

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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