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Alessandro Marzani

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ICAR/08 Structural Mechanics

Curriculum vitae


  • Associate Professor, 08/B2 - Structural Mechanics (21/10/2014 to 31/12/2017, since 05/03/2018)
  • Coordinator of the PhD Program “Structural and Environmental Health Monitoring and Management - SEHM2”, University of Bologna (17/03/2017 to 31/01/2018, since 18/05/2018)


  • Assistant Professor, ICAR/08 - Science of Constructions (since 15/07/2005)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Bologna, Italy (07/2005 to 09/2005).
  • Ph.D., Engineering of Materials and Structures, University of Calabria, Italy (02/2005).
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, California (11/2004).
  • Laurea (M.S.), Magna Cum Laude, Civil Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy (03/2001).


  • H2020-INFRAIA-2016-2017 – SERA TA: “Resonant metamaterial-based earthquake risk mitigation of large-scale structures and infrastructure systems: assessment of an innovative proof-of-concept via medium-size scale testing - ReWarD”, 24 months, project PI.
  • H2020 MSCA-ITN-ETN “Innovative ground interface concepts for structure protection – INSPIRE”, proposal n°813424, budget 245000 euro, 03/2019-02/2023, 48 months, partner PI.
  • FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1: “Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures – SARISTU”, project n°284562, budget 468144 euro, 09/2011 - 08/2015, 48 months, partner PI.
  • NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE POLAND: "Investigation of elastic wave propagation phenomenon in composite materials with imperfections", framework for bi-lateral Cooperation between Poland and Italy - HARMONIA, PI Prof. Wieslaw Ostachowicz. Overall 220000 euro, budget allocated to support UNIBO staff mobility 38000 euro, 04/2013 - 03/2015, 36 months, project Co-PI.


  • INAIL BRIC 2018: “Manutenzione intelligente (smart maintenance) di impianti industriali e opere civili mediante tecnologie di monitoraggio 4.0 e approcci prognostici – MAC4PRO”, 2ME, budget UNIBO 489600 euro, 04/2019-03/2021, 24 months, project PI.
  • INAIL BRIC 2016: “Sviluppo di una Smart Platform (SmartBench) per la sicurezza integrata degli stabilimenti industriali ad Alta Affidabilità”, budget 107500 euro, 07/2017-06/2019, 24 months, partner PI.


  • ENI: " Tanks Integrity and Soil Contamination Monitoring ", Research and Technological Development Division ENI S.p.a., budget 142000 euro, 04/2019-03/2020, 12 months, PI.
  • ENI: " Tanks Integrity and Soil Contamination Monitoring ", Research and Technological Development Division ENI S.p.a., budget 73000 euro, 07/2018-2/2019, 7 months, PI.
  • ENI R&M: "Identificazioni di occlusioni in reti di condotte per il trasporto di fluidi monofasici", Research and Technological Development Division ENI S.p.a., budget 30000 euro, 07-11/2010, 5 months, PI.
  • ENI R&M: "Metodo inverso per la stima dei parametri incogniti in reti di approvvigionamento olio e gas", Research and Technological Development Division ENI S.p.a., budget 35000 euro, 07/2009 - 02/2010, 8 months, PI.
  • Univerity of Bologna: "Support for new Laboratories", Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, budget 8716 euro, 06/2012, PI


  • Most important scientific publications on high-level international journals for the 2017, Polish Academy of Science, Gdanks, 3 July 2018.
  • Co-author of the project “Intelligent Structures” recipient of the 2nd Prize “Start Cup Emilia Romagna 2014”; 1st Prize “Clean Launchpad 2014” competition organized by the Climate-KIC partnership ( ); 4st Prize at the “Premio Nazionale 2018 dell’Innovazione 2105”. The same project was awarded by the “Menzione d’onore” (Honorable Mention) from the Italian Association of Engineers (2015).
  • Best Paper Award at the 6th edition of the “International Building Physics Conference (IBPC)”, organized by the International Association of Building Physics (IABP) (2015).
  • Best Teacher Award 2015, Master program in “Civil Engineering”, Alma Mater Studiorum, (A.Y. 2014-15).
  • Best poster presentation at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Review 2004, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego UCSD, (2004).
  • Best Academic Laurea thesis, SPINNER - "Servizi per la Promozione dell'INNovazione E della Ricerca" (2001).


  • Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego (10/2003 to 11/2004).
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego (10/2002 to 09/2003).
  • "Marco Polo" to support research studies abroad (4 months), Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna (2007).
  • "Human Resources and Mobility", Marie Curie Conferences & Training Courses Fellowship (2006).


  • "Method for identifying obstructions in pipeline networks for transporting fluids", T. Mantegazza, A. Di Lullo, P. Bocchini, A. Marzani, Patent Nr. 0001411724 (5/11/2014). Extended to US20150134276 (14/05/2015) and WO2013171666 (granted in Kazakistan and Mozambico).
  • “Piezoelectric sensor, system and method for monitoring the integrity of structures”, L. De Marchi, N. Testoni, P. Francia, G. Masetti, A. Marzani, Patent Nr. 0001426034 (29/11/2016). Extended PCT/IB2015/056755 (04/09/2015) and published WO 2016/038517.
  • “Device, method and system for real time structural diagnostics with guided elastic waves”, L. De Marchi, N. Testoni, A. Marzani, Patent Nr. 0001429472 (16/08/2017). Extended PCT/IB2016/052168 (14/04/2016) and published WO 2016/166722. Extended USA and EU.


"Numerical method for modelling wave propagation in waveguide structures of arbitrary cross-section", F. Lanza di Scalea, I. Bartoli, S. Coccia, A. Marzani, UC invention case No(s) 2008-832. University of California San Diego UCSD, USA (2006),


"GUIGUW: graphical user interface for guided acoustic waves" A. Marzani, P. Bocchini, software for the computation of the dispersive properties of sonic and ultrasonic stress waves in waveguides free to download at To date, more than 1000 subjects among Universities, Research Centers and Companies are using "GUIGUW".