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Massimo Garai

Full Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/11 Building Physics and Building Energy Systems

Curriculum vitae

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Laurea degree in Physics cum laude in 1983 at University of Bologna.

"Dottore di Ricerca in Fisica Tecnica" (Ph.D. in Technical Physics) in 1991 at School of Engineering of the University of Bologna.

Foreign languages: English and French.


Position at University

Full Professor, affiliated with the Department of Industrial Engineering (DIN) of the University of Bologna.

Professor of "Environmental Technical Physics" and "Applied Acoustics and Lighting" .

Teacher for the post-graduate course "Competent technician in acoustics" held at University of Bologna and of the post-graduate "School of Acoustics" at University of Ferrara.

Supervisor of some international Exchange programs Erasmus.

Resposible of the Laboratory of Applied Acoustics of the Department of Industrial Engineering.

Past Vice-director of the Center for Industrial Research on Building and Constructions of the University of Bologna.


Position in standardization bodies

President of the "Acoustics and Vibrations" Committee of UNI (Italian Standardisation Organisation) and convenor of the working groups "Noise screens" and "Determination of uncertainty in acoustics".

Convenor of CEN/TC 256/SC 1/WG 40 "Railways noise barriers".

Convenor of CEN/TC 226/WG 6 "Road traffic noise reducing devices - Acoustic characteristics".

Member of ISO/TC 43/SC 1/WG 33 "Measuring method for comparing traffic noise on different road surfaces".

Member of ISO/TC 43/SC 1/WG 38 "Sound absorption of road surfaces" until its disbanding.

Member of ISO/TC 43/SC 2/WG 35 "Sound absorption".

Member of ISO/TC 43/SC 2/WG 35 "Room acoustics".



Full member, member of the board and past-treasurer of the Italian Acoustics Association (AIA), full member of EAA (European Acoustics Association), full member of INCE-USA (Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA), full member of AES (Audio Engineering Society) and full member of ASA (Acoustical Society of America).

Member of the board of the Italian Association of Technical Physics (FTI) for the term 2014-2019.


Scientific work

He has been responsible of many research projects and authored about 320 papers and four books. His scientific interests include: outdoor sound propagation, acoustic barriers, environmental impact assessment, building acoustics, room acoustics, industrial noise control, digital signal processing, innovative materials and metamaterials, environmental sustainability.

Reviewer for the international journals Applied Acoustics, J. of Sound and Vibration, J. of the Acoustical Society of America, Noise Control Engineering J., Acta Acustica united with Acustica, J. of Environmental Management, Landscape and Urban Planning, Science of the Total Environment, Building and Environment, Textile Research J., J. of Pollution Effects and Control, Building Acoustics, J. Applied Physics, Int. J. Modern Physics B.

Member of the Editorial board of the Rivista Italiana di Acustica.

Associate Editor of the journals Open Journal of Acoustics, The Open Transportation Journal and Applied Sciences.

Congratulated by Elsevier Publisher for being one of the most cited authors of Applied Acoustics for the years 2002-2005.

“Outstanding Reviewer” for the journal Applied Acoustics for the years 2013, 2015, 2018. “Outstanding Reviewer” for the journal Energy and Buildings for the year 2018.

Session chair and invited speaker in many national and international congresses.

General chairman of the International Symposium on Temporal Design ISTD 8 (2017).

Best Paper Award at ISTD 2009, ISTD 2011 and at the International Building Physics Conference IBPC 2015.

Awarded by UNI with the Paolo Scolari Prize 2022 for the "the constancy and dedication shown in the standardization activities at national, European and international level, as well as to the consistent commitment and contribution at a scientific level in the field of acoustics".

Scientific responsible of several competitive research projects.


Certified as "Competent technician in acoustics" according to Italian law 447/95.

Certified at level 3 (maximum) in "Acoustics" by CICPND.


Consultancy work

Consultant in acoustics for national road and railway authorities, strategic projects, airports, industrial plants, buildings.