I am a Physicist with a doctorate in Applied Mathematics and over 9 years of experience in forecasting hazardous space weather events. I am specialized in the mathematical modeling of (magneto) hydrodynamic systems and quantitative data analysis of space-born satellite data. Currently, I am the Project Leader of a Flemish Science Foundation research project in the segment of environmental risk aimed to design innovative data-based tools for space weather forecasts. I am a regular speaker at international conferences and author of scientific articles with a strong passion for team work and people interaction.
June 2016 – Present: FWO Research Fellow (University College London & KU Leuven, UK & Belgium)
- Project Leader of a Flemish Science Foundation project (Science & Technology, 180 KEuro)
- Mathematical modeling and quantitative data analysis of space weather events
- Supervision of Ph.D. students
June 2014 – May 2016: AXA Research Fellow (Observatoire de Paris, France)
- Project Leader of an AXA research project in the environmental risks segment (120 KEuro)
- Mathematical modeling of solar eruptions for improved space weather forecast tools
- Supervision of Bachelor students
- AXA-related outreach activities
- Contributing to the French community effort to enhance space weather activities
November 2012 – May 2014: Post-doctoral Research Fellow (KU Leuven, Belgium)
- Successful proposal writing (350 KEuro)
- Quantitative data-analysis of solar eruptions
- Bridging mathematical modeling of solar eruptions with data analysis of satellites data
- Strengthening collaborations between the Royal Observatory of Belgium and KU Leuven
October 2008 – October 2012: Research Fellow (PhD candidate at KU Leuven, Belgium)
- Mathematical modeling of propagation of Coronal Mass Ejections
- Supporting the teaching activity of the department
- Developing a collaboration between the University of Catania in Italy and the KU Leuven in Belgium
2012: PhD Degree in Applied Mathematics, KU Leuven, Belgium
- Code developing (magnetohydrodynamics modeling, FORTRAN, ParaView)
- Quantitative data analysis exploitation of solar missions (IDL equivalent of Python)
- Integrative course in Management and Strategy, KU Leuven
- Integrative course in Project Management, KU Leuven
2008: Master Degree in Physics (110/110 cum laude), University of Catania, Italy
- Numerical simulations (visiting research student at KU Leuven)
- Master thesis in Solar Physics (modeling of the propagation of solar eruptions)
2005: Bachelor Degree in Physics (110/110 cum laude), University of Catania, Italy
- Fundamental Physics and Mathematics Courses
- Bachelor thesis in Solar Physics (coronal heating)
- English & Italian: Fluent
- French: Independent in Understanding, Basic in Speaking and Writing
- Oral (39 communications to international conferences, 5 invited)
- Written (23 research articles, 12 as 1st author)
- Outreach (AXA & FWO related activities)
- Teaching (5 years as teaching assistant, KU Leuven)
- Leadership: Leader of AXA, Flemish Science Foundation & KU Leuven projects
- Mentoring: Supervision of 2 PhDs, 1 M.Sc. & 10 B.Sc. students
- Team-working: Successfully concluded/ongoing projects with 6 different teams in 4 different countries, Italy (2), Belgium (2), France (1), UK(1)
- Code developing both modeling and data analysis (throughout my work experience)
- Operating systems: Mac OS, Linux, Unix, Windows
- Programming: Interactive Data Language (IDL, Python-equivalent programming language, FORTRAN, LaTeX, ParaView (3D Computational Fluid Dynamics data analysis and visualization tool)
- Microsoft Office and Apple Office Suite (for project reporting and communications to conferences)
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