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).

- Currently PhD student of the Doctorate School in Structural Engineering at the University of Salerno, 3rd year

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
- 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

Conferences and Seminars
- ECCOMAS Congress 2016 – European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, 5- 10 JUNE 2016 Crete Island, Greece
- 2nd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites, 11-!4 July 2016 Porto, Portugal
-ICCS18 - 18th International Conference on Composite Structures, Lisbon, Portugal, 15-18 June 2015
- COMPDYN 2015, 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Crete Island, Greece, 25–27 May 2015
- 42nd National congress of A.I.A.S. (Italian Association for Stress Analysis), Salerno, Italy, September 2013
- International workshop “Multi-scale modeling and characterization of innovative materials and structures”, Cetara (Sa), Italy, May 2013
- Seminar Course “Analysis and Design of Tensegrity Structures (TS), 3CFU /3 ECTS, Prof. Robert E. Skelton - University of California at San Diego, Prof. Fernando Fraternali - University of Salerno, June 2012

Refereed Journal Publications

- Amendola, A., Smith, C.J., Goodall, R., Auricchio, F., Feo, L., Benzoni, G., Fraternali, F. Experimental response of additively manufactured metallic pentamode materials confined between stiffening plates. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 142, 254–262, 2016. ISSN: 0263-8223, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.01.091.

- I. Farina, I., Fabbrocino, F., Carpentieri, G., Modano, M., Amendola, A., Goodall, R., Feo, L., Fraternali, F., On the reinforcement of cement mortars through 3D printed polymeric and metallic fibers. COMPOSITES. PART B, ENGINEERING, 90, 76-85, 2016. ISSN: 1359-8368, DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2015.12.006.

- Amendola, A., Nava, E.H., Goodall, R., Todd, I., Skelton, R.E., Fraternali, F.. On the additive manufacturing and testing of tensegrity structures. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Vol. 131. Pag.66-71, 2015. ISSN:0263-8223. ID:66419.

- Amendola, A., Carpentieri, G., De Oliveira, M., Skelton, R.E., Fraternali, F.. Experimental investigation of the softening-stiffening response of tensegrity prisms under compressive loading. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, 117, 234-243, 2014. ISSN: 0263-8223, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2014.06.022.

- Fraternali, F., Carpentieri, G., Amendola, A. On the mechanical modeling of the extreme softening/stiffening response of axially loaded tensegrity prisms. JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, 74, 136-157, 2015. ISSN: 0022-5096 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2014.10.010.

- Fraternali, F., Carpentieri, G., Amendola, A., Skelton, R.E., Nesterenko, V. F. Multiscale tunability of solitary wave dynamics in tensegrity metamaterials. APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 105, 201903, 2014. ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063:1.4902071

- Blesgen, T., Fraternali, F., Raney, J.R., Amendola, A., Daraio, C. Continuum Limits of Bistable Spring Models of Carbon Nanotube Arrays accounting for Material Damage. MECHANICS RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS, 45, 58-63, 2012. ISSN: 0093-6413, DOI: 10.1016/j.mechrescom.2012.07.006.

- Raney, J.R., Fraternali, F., Amendola, A., Daraio, C. Modeling and In Situ Identification of Material Parameters for Layered Structures based on Carbon Nanotube Arrays. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES 93:3013–3018, 2011. ISSN: 0263-8223. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2011.04.034.

- Fraternali, F., Blesgen, T., Amendola, A., Daraio, C. Multiscale Mass-Spring Models of Carbon Nanotube Foams. JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, 59, 89-102, 2011.


Published Conference Proceedings

- Amendola. A., Fabbrocino, F., Feo, , Auricchio, F., ., Fraternali, F. Dependence of the mechanical properties of pentamode materials on the lattice microstructure, ECCOMAS Congress 2016 – European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, 5- 10 JUNE 2016 Crete Island, Greece (In press)

- Fraternali, F., Amendola, A., Hernandez-Nava, E., Goodall, R., Skelton, R.E., Nesterenko, V.F. On the use of tensegrity structures in the non-linear dynamic regime, Proceedings XXV Italian Steel Days (Salerno, Oct. 1-3, 2015), Vol. 1: Tensegrity and Stability, 91-98, ISBN: 978-88-940089-4-4.

- Amendola, A., Fraternali, F., Carpentieri, G., Montuori, R., Benzoni, G. Seismic isolation devices based on tensegrity lattices, Proceedings XXV Italian Steel Days (Salerno, Oct. 1-3, 2015), Vol. 1: Tensegrity and Stability,107-115, ISBN: 978-88-940089-4-4.

- Fraternali, F., Amendola, A, Hernandez-Nava, E, Goodall, R, Skelton, R.E., Nesterenko, V. (2015). Prestress tuning of the nonlinear dynamics of tensegrity metamaterials. In: COMPDYN 2015, 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering Crete Island, Greece 25–27 May 2015 Pag.1-10 ID:66428.

- F. Fraternali, G. Carpentieri, R. Montuori, A. Amendola, G. Benzoni(2015). On the use of mechanical metamaterials for innovative seismic isolation systems. In: COMPDYN 2015, 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Crete Island, Greece, 25–27 May 2015 Crete Island, Greece 25–27 May 2015 Pag.1-10 ID:66421.

- Fraternali, F., Amendola A., Del Regno R, Blesgen T, Daraio C. On the Mechanical Behavior of Carbon Nanotube Foams. In:AGS2010,“Applications of Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics in Civil and in Materials Engineering”. Djerba, Tunisia, 10-12 May 2010


References

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

- Ferdinando Auricchio, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, Italy, E-mail: auricchio@unipv.it (co-PhD supervisor)

- Vitali F. Nesterenko, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) University of California San Diego, CA, USA E-mail: vnesterenko@eng.ucsd.edu

- Gianmario Benzoni, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego E-mail: gbenzoni@ucsd.edu

- Chiara Daraio, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories California Institute of Technology E-mail: daraio@caltech.edu & Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering ETH Zurich, CH E-mail: daraio@ethz.ch

- Russel Goodall, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Univesrity of Sheffield, UK, E-mail: r.goodall@sheffield.ac.uk

- 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 E-mail: bobskelton@ucsd.edu


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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