Nicola Pugno was born in January 4, 1972 in Pavia, Italy. He is an Italian Scientist working in the area of bioinspired nanomechanics. He is currently an Associate Professor of structural mechanics in the Department of Structural Engineering and Geotechnics at the Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy. In addition, he is the founder and Head of the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Nanomechanics “Giuseppe Maria Pugno” and Leader of the Bio-Inspired Nanomechanics Research Group (BIONANOMECH Group). After completing an undergraduate education in mechanical engineering in 1995, professor Pugno went on to pursue his Ph.D. degree in structural engineering, which he received in 1998, and a second undergraduate degree in theoretical physics completed in 2004. Furthermore, he has received several awards, including the Menzione Optime in 1995, Who's Who in Science and Engineering in 2003, Leading Scientists of the World in 2005, and Who's Who in Computational Science and Engineering in 2005. Pugno has had more than 140 papers published in international journals on the topics of structural-, fracture-, bio-, and especially nanomechanics. His prodigious publication level was recognized by Sir Harry Kroto, a father of nanoscience and one of three recipients to share the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery of fullerene.
Biography Updated on 14 October 2010