Felice Arena is Vice-Rector for Technology Transfer and Professor of Ocean Engineering at the ‘Mediterranea’ University of Reggio Calabria (Italy) and Director of the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory (NOEL). His fields of interest for the research activity include: mechanics of random sea waves; statistical properties of nonlinear random waves; long-term statistics for the prediction of severe storms; coastal processes; random forces of sea waves on either coastal or offshore structures; new devices for absorption of wave energy, either to protect a coast or to produce electrical power. He has published more than 160 papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings. He has advised over seventy undergraduate and MS graduate students. He has been mentoring of 8 graduated PhD students and has been advising 7 PhD students in Ocean Engineering. Then he has been mentoring of 5 Post-Doc students. He is Member of the Scientific Committee for the Structures, Safety and Reliability Symposium at the “Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OOAE) Division” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has served in the scientific committees of many national and international conferences. Since March 2009 he is the Director of the NOEL laboratory, for small scale field experiments. The lab was founded by Paolo Boccotti, of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, and it is located by the seashore of Reggio Calabria (www.noel.unirc.it). He is in the Editorial Board of: “Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics”, printed by Elsevier, and “Disaster Advances”. He is Chair of the Ph.D. in ‘Ocean Engineering, Materials and Structures’ at the ‘Mediterranea’ University of Reggio Calabria, since 2003. He won the “OMAE 2011 SSR Best paper Award”, by American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME (USA), OOAE, for the paper “Space-Time Extremes in Sea Storms”, presented at conference OMAE of Rotterdam.
Biography Updated on 30 January 2013