Italia (Fulbright S&T awardee 2011)
Marcello Gori is a 2011 International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow from Italy pursuing his Ph.D. in Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology’s Aerospace department (Galcit). His research focuses on the physics of solids and mechanics of materials.
Mechanics of materials research involves both the quasi-static and dynamic characterization of the mechanical behavior and failure of solids. In order to understand materials for applications in a wide range of structures germane to aerospace as well as other engineering disciplines, both the physical foundations of that behavior and the mathematical or numerical representation of such behavior needs to be understood. Accordingly, studies involve material response at both the macroscopic (continuum) scales and the micro- and nanoscales. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Marcello graduated with a Master in Space Engineering from the University of Rome – La Sapienza. There he extended his knowledge in three main subject areas: structures (statics, dynamics, aeroelasticity, and materials); fluid-dynamics (aerodynamics, gasdynamics (of both external and internal flows), and hypersonics); and propulsion (aero and space propulsion, turbomachinery, liquid propellant rockets, solid propellant boosters, and aerothermochemistry). Also, during his final academic year in Rome, he has found that structures and fluid-dynamics have found their natural coupling in aeroelasticity. Marcello selected aeroelasticity as the focus of his thesis, which led to an internship in which he utilized his knowledge of the subject area at Airbus Operations S.A.S. in Toulouse. In Toulouse, Marcello gained valuable real-world experience helping to evaluate a new more efficient approach to aeroelastic modeling that was under development by comparing its performance to traditional CFD-CSM methods and to use in future for projecting new aircrafts’ structures.