Massimiliano Avalle was born in Alessandria, Italy, on July 10th, 1966. He got his Ph.D. degree from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, in 1996 discussing a thesis on the "Plastic progressive collapse of thin-walled metal structures: development of theoretical models and experimental analysis". Since 2002, he is Associate Professor in machine design within the Department of Mechanics of Politecnico di Torino. He is author of almost 100 scientific paper, including 36 published in international scientific journals. He acts as referee for several scientific journals, and Member of the Editorial Board of the Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures and of various scientific conferences. His main research interests are in the field of machine design, both from the point of view of structural modeling and experimental mechanics. Since the doctorate, he has worked on the improvements of passive safety in vehicle structures. He has worked on simulations and characterization of materials and structures at high strain-rates. In particular he has devoted great efforts in the development of some important EU projects on safety, namely, the 5th FP project ADVANCE and the 5th FP IP APROSYS. Currently he mainly works in the characterization and modeling of nonconventional structural materials such as ceramics, plastics, foams, composites, adhesives, elastomers, and so on, bearing a particular consideration on the aspects of high-speed loading and strain-rate effects. He regularly cooperates with several industrial companies at the European and Regional levels. Since 1993, he holds courses on machine design, plastic parts design, FE analysis, and experimental mechanics. He follows several undergraduate and graduate students each year during the development of their theses.
Biography Updated on 12 January 2011