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Massimo Guerrero

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ICAR/01 Hydraulics

Curriculum vitae

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MG developed his career by working within the Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics (ICAR01) research group of the University of Bologna (UNIBO), coordinated by Prof. Alberto Lamberti.

This group is part of the Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) of UNIBO which covers a broad range of subjects and purposes. In this academic context, the hydraulic group tackles various engineering problems related to the typical needs of the Emilia-Romagna Region and in collaboration with a number of scientific sectors. This vocation has driven the candidate's scientific-professional path since his degree in civil engineering at Bologna University in 1997.

Therefore, the research lines deal with environmental hydraulics and the achieved results concern the design of works and systems useful for water supply, irrigation, coastal defence, hydraulic protection of the territory, navigation and the exploitation of waves and currents for energy production. The approaches used are those typical of fluid mechanics which through the definition of Eulerian scheme (i.e., indefinite volume) provides the integral solution for the entire domain of interest at the scale of engineering works. In particular, numerical modelling and laboratory experimentation fulfil specific needs, while the observation at the prototype scale, where possible, remains the most reliable way to understand physical phenomena within their natural context. Especially, advanced technologies enable novel field methodologies which are useful to investigate poorly known processes during rough conditions and characterized with different spatial and temporal scales.

MG has participated in various basic and applied research projects dealing with aforementioned lines where contributed with innovative and personal solutions. In particular, MG focused on subjects regarding sediment transport. The increased possibilities of observation by means of ultrasound Doppler technology improve our basic knowledge regarding the hydro-sediment dynamics in rivers and along shore and the resulting morphologies. The achieved results and designed solutions regard new Doppler methodologies for the measurement/monitoring of hydro-sedimentary flows and the discovery of evidences about the reciprocal feedbacks between hydraulics and morphological features. These efforts aim at optimizing current practices for the design and management of large hydraulic works such as dams, water pumps and navigation channels and contribute to the implementation of new solutions in the context of uncertain climate and social changes.

During the period 1997-2005, before the PhD period, MG was appointed technical engineer at the hydraulic laboratory of UNIBO. During this period he experienced team working in important international hydraulic laboratories and applied the numerical modelling to river systems. Some publications in technical journals and in scientific conferences report on the candidate contribution.

Since the PhD (2005-2007) in Hydraulic Engineering: Water Sciences and Technologies, at the Department of Structural, Transport, Water and Survey Engineering - DISTART of Bologna University, MG has collaborated in projects regarding river hydro-morpho-dynamics, the impact of large hydraulic works and river uses in emerging countries and in the context of mitigation strategies tackling climate change effects.

In the period 2005-2015, MG continued his work within the Hydraulic Engineering laboratory of the University of Bologna, in the years 2005-2007 he took advantage from the compatibility regime between the engineer employment and PhD studentship. In the period 2011-2014 MG contributed to the design of the new experimental facilities (wave basin, sediment transport flume, flow calibration system) and to the coordination of the research fellows of the Fluid Dynamics Unit for the Civil and Environmental applications of the Industrial Research Center for Building and Construction, CIRI-EC, set up by the University of Bologna within the Regional Program FESR 2007-2013.

Since February 2015, MG has been appointed junior researcher with fixed term contract, RTD-a, and then senior rsearcher, RTD-b at the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering DICAM of the University of Bologna. The RTD-a three-year contract was granted on research funds of ICAR01 group and then renewed for two additional years. The candidate therefore left the technical engineer job to fully focus on research objectives and was finnally apointed as RTD-b in October 2020 with professorship of Fluid Mechanics at Forlì for Mechanical Enginnering. During the period 2015-2020, MG supervised post-docs and PhD students and lead research projects. The research activity concerned the experimental approach of the hydraulic laboratory in general and the measurement methods (i.e., ultrasound, videography, laser-optical) applied to river streamflow and sediment transport. This activity is aimed at involving partnerships from the Italian and abroad industry. As a matter of fact, in addition to the research projects and professional activities briefly described in the following sub-chapters, the candidate was recently (i) appointed vice-chair of Experimental Methods and Instrumentation Committee EMI of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research IAHR and (ii) organized the Summer School W.A.T.E.R. at UNIBO, the Workshop on Advanced measurement Techniques and Experimental Research.

This event involved 22 attenders among PhD students and research fellows from all over the world, 7 companies operating in the field of scientific instrumentation for fluid mechanics and the Regional Agency for the Po River AIPO. The candidate, together with professors from European universities, presented most advanced techniques for flow velocity measurement in fluids. Furthermore, in collaboration with researchers from industry, he guided the participants through three experimental sections (Particles Image, Ultrasound and Laser Doppler Velocimetry) prepared at the UNIBO hydraulic engineering laboratory and through some demonstrations (Multibeam and Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) at the Po River.

Since 2011, 26 contributes were published in scientific journal with impact factor, 15 of those are within the first quartile (source Scimago). MG is the first author for most of these contributes and involved different international collaborations, these facts prove the candidate personal contribution and autonomy which reached h-index equal to 13 (source Scopus) at the date of the applied competition.

The following reverse chronological order list includes the MG’s most significant scientific-professional experiences:

  1. proponent of joint PhD program between UNIBO and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU and advisor of the PhD candidate Slaven Conevski, 2016-2019; thesis title; “Bedload Monitoring by means of Hydro – Acoustic Techniques”
  2. leading of the INFRASAFE project - Smart Monitoring for safe infrastructures, funded by the Emilia Romagna Region within the Regional Program FESR 2014-2020 ;

  3. localcoordinator for Bologna University of the Sedipass project - Sustainable design and operation of hydro power plants exposed to high sediment yield, funded by the Research Council of Norway RCN in the Energix project 2015-2018
  4. research fellowship at University of Ottawa (Canada), 2016
  5. research fellowship at Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, 2012
  6. the collaboration with the Universitad Nacional del Litoral UNL, Santa Fe, Argentina in the project: “El transporte de sedimentos en ríos aluviales: desarrollo de métodos de medición basados en la technología acústica Doppler”, funded by UNL within the CAI+D 2011 Proyecto Joven.
  7. work package leading in the CLARIS-LPB A Europe-South America Network for Climate Change Assessment and Impact Studies in La Plata Basin, 2008-2012, funded by the European Union in the 7th Framework Program


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