Giorgio Diana

Politecnico Di Milano, Italy


Giorgio Diana was born in Blevio (Co), on September 27, 1936. He received the mechanical engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano in 1961. Since 1971, he has been a Full Professor of applied mechanics. He has had several offices at Politecnico di Milano. Presently, he is the Director of the Politecnico di Milano Wind Tunnel (Centre for the Research in Wind Engineering) and he is the Vice President of the Politecnico di Milano Foundation. He is the President of the Steering Committee of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on Transportation, a research centre constituted by the Fondazione Politecnico with FS (the Railway State Company), Ansaldo Breda, Bombardier, and ABB with the aim of tracing the guidelines for the design of an Italian high-speed train. He is also the Head of the Certification Committee of ITALCERTIFER, the Italian consortium and network of labs dealing with the certification of rolling stock and railway track equipment. His research fields are fluid elasticity, rotodynamics, vibrations problems in the mechanical engineering (machines and structures), and dynamics of road and rail vehicles. He has published more than 250 papers on these topics. He is a Member of some international committees such as Cigré (Conférence Internationale des Grandes Réseaux Electriques à Haute Tension) and IFToMM (International Federation of Theory of Machines and Mechanisms). He is an Advisor of the Stretto di Messina Society for the project of the Messina Straits Bridge; in particular he is the responsible for the Messina Straits Bridge aeroelastic design and for the rail road runnability. Professor Diana received the 2009 Robert H. Scanlan Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on June 26th 2009. Award citation: “For his fundamental contributions to experimental analysis, modeling and simulations of dynamic load effects and their applications to structures under wind and other loads.”

Biography Updated on 14 April 2011

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