Biographical sketch of Ada Amendola


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Ada Amendola
E-mail: adamendola@gmail.com

- MSc Environmental Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy, March 2013 (grade 110/110 cum laude). Thesis project: “Experimental characterization of the mechanical properties of carbon nanotube foams”, Advisors: Fernando Fraternali (University of Salerno) and Chiara Daraio (California Institute of Technology).

- BSc, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy, March 2010 (grade 110/110 cum laude), Thesis project: “Multiscale mechanical modeling of carbon nanotube foams”, Advisors: Fernando Fraternali (University of Salerno) and Chiara Daraio (California Institute of Technology).

- Ph "Doctor Europaeus" in Structural Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy, 01/02/2017 (excellent). Thesis project: “On the mechanics of innovative metamaterials alternating pentamode lattices and confinement plates”.

Research:
Research Experience
- Internships at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Vitali Nesterenko's and Bob Skelton's research groups) and the Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device Test Facility (Gianmario Benzoni's research group), University of California at San Diego, USA, August - October, 2015
- Internships at the Mercury Centre, University of Sheffield, UK, July 2015 and July - September, 2014 (Russell Goodall's research group)
- Internships at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, May 2015 (Ferdinando Auricchio's research group)
- Internship at ETH Zurich, November 2014 – January 2015 (Chiara Daraio's research group)
- Internship at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology, December 2008 - February 2009 (Chiara Daraio's research group)
- Participation to the Joint Research Project as Part of Science and Technology Cooperation Between Italy and The United States of America, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Project title: INNOVATIVE STRUCTURES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS, University of Salerno (Italy) – University of California, San Diego (USA), Period: 01/01/2013-31/12/2015, Italian PI: Fernando Fraternali, USA PI: Mauricio de Oliveira
- Participation to the Laboratories University Network of Seismic Engineering (RELUIS), Executive Project 2014-2018
- Participation to the FARB 2011-2015 Projects, University of Salerno, “MULTISCALE MODELING OF INNOVATIVE NETWORK STRUCTURES” ("MODELLAZIONE MULTISCALA DI STRUTTURE "NETWORK" DI TIPO INNOVATIVO"), Period: 10/08/2011 – 10/08/2016, PI: Fernando Fraternali

Honors and Awards
- AIMETA Junior 2017 award in “Solid Mechanics and Structures”. Award received during the XXIII Congress of the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Special AIMETA Awards Session, Salerno, 6 September 2017
- "Best Student Paper" award received during the "3rd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites" (MECHCOMP3), Bologna, ItalY, 4-7 July 2017
- Award as Best Graduate Student of Structural Mechanics of the year 2015, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, July 2015
- Mechanics of Solids and Structures Scholarship, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, September-December 2010
- Award "A. Genovesi”, ANCE (Italian Association of Builders) , winner of the research section with a project for a solar panel factory in Vallo della Lucania (Salerno), July 2011
- Summer Research Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology, December 2008 - February 2009

Memberships
- Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (AIMETA)
- European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)
- Italian Association for Stress Analysis (AIAS)
- Scout Federation of Europe, from 1999 to 2008


References

- Fernando Fraternali, Department of Civil Engineering University of Salerno, Italy E-mail: f.fraternali@unisa.it (PhD supervisor)

- Gianmario Benzoni, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego

- Chiara Daraio, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories California Institute of Technology & Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering ETH Zurich, CH

- Russel Goodall, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Univesrity of Sheffield, UK

- Vitali F. Nesterenko, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) University of California San Diego, CA, USA

- Robert E. Skelton, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) University of California San Diego, CA, USA & Department of Aerospace Engineering of the Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, TX, USA


Interests:
- Outdoor sports
Other Skills and Qualifications:
- Member of the Association of Civil Engineers of the Province of Salerno (Section A), since 2013
- Perfect knowledge of LaTeX, Mathematica, Matlab, COMSOL, SAP2000, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, GeoStudio, Caline (CL4), EPANET

Language Skills
- Italian: native language
- English: fluent in speech, writing and reading



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