Students XXXVII cycle

List of the PhD candidates for the XXXVII cycle, enrolled in the fifth year of the PhD Programme



Research project: Prognosis and safety Evaluation of Concrete Structures Affected by Fatigue and Corrosion Induced Damages.

I was born in Ramtha, Jordan, in 1993. I earned my B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Yarmouk University, in 2017. My graduation project title was: Highway Design in Irbid Suburbs, under the supervision of Dr. Ahmad H. Al-Omari. During my bachelor studies, I won a scholarship in the Erasmus Mundus (Project Hermes) that lasted for two semesters in the University of Palermo, 2015-2016.

After graduation, I worked as a field engineer with Delma Construction Co. in the project WASH in domestic maintenance for about one year, 2017-2018.
Then, I completed my M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Structural) from the University of Bologna, in 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Benedetti. My Master thesis title: Evaluation of the mutual effect of Corrosion and Fatigue in R.C. Bridge Beams. 



Research project: Sustainability and Risk management of Integrated Decabonization Technologies for Energy Transition.

September 2020 - july 2021

Freelancer collaborator of a technical company, specialized in buildings' technical facilities and efficiency.

Freelancer collaborator of a local association in the field of scientifics projects in high schools.


December 2017– march 2020

Master degree in energetic engineering at the University of Bologna. Thesis title: “Analisi di Sistemi Energetici da Fonti Rinnovabili per la produzione offshore di Metanolo”, focused on create a case study of an offshore plant to produce methanol using renewable energy provided by wind, sun and wave converters.

Advisor: prof. Valerio Cozzani

Co-advisors: prof. Valeria Casson Moreno, PhD student Mariasole Cipolletta


September 2014 - December 2017

Bachelor’s degree in energetic engineering at the University of Bologna. Thesis title: "Blockchain: una possibilità per il futuro", focused on the operating and the possibility of application in the energy sector.

Advisor: prof. Cesare Saccani

Co-advisor: Francesca Frigieri, ing. Giovanni Anceschi



Research project: Data-driven approaches and meta-modeling for diagnostic research in hydraulic-related problems

May-August 2021: post-graduate internship at AIMAG S.p.A. The main tasks were study and management of the integrated water service (aqueduct), in particular from extraction of water (wells) to adduction (before reaching the end-users).

March 2021: Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, curriculum Hydraulic and Soil, 110/110 cum laude, University of Bologna. Thesis Title: “Sviluppo di strumenti di analisi di rischio e di gestione della qualità delle acque destinate al consumo umano.(“Development of risk analysis and management tools for quality of water aimed at human consumption”). Supervisor: Prof. Valentina Ciriello.

The thesis was carried out in collaboration with AIMAG S.p.A. which provided some of the data used in the study (FTAs and Monte-Carlo). In this context, the main objective was the development of Water Safety Plan for the integrated water service. 

December 2018: Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, University of Bologna. Thesis Title: “Allagamenti urbani da nubifragio: frequenza attesa degli eventi osservati a Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD) nel settembre 2017 e 2018.” (“Urban flooding by cloudburst: expected frequency of observed events in Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD) in September 2017 and 2018”. Supervisor: Prof. Attilio Castellarin.



Research project: Enabling interoperability, resource discovery and allocation on large-scale Web of Things deployments

Lorenzo Gigli received his Master Degree (summa cum Laude) in Computer Science in 2019, from the University of Bologna, Italy. Currently, he is a Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DISI), University of Bologna, Italy, working on the MAC4PRO project. He is part of the PeRvasive IoT SysteMs (PRISM) Research Laboratory directed by Prof. Marco Di Felice and co-founder of Modal Nodes, Anyprint S.r.l. and the research and development group of Epoca S.r.l. His field of study includes IoT / WoT technologies, distributed systems, containers and cloud architectures.



Research project: Compensation of Environmental and Operational variability in Structural Health Monitoring

March 2021: Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at University of Bologna (UNIBO), achieving a final grade of 110/110 cum laude. Thesis in the field of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) with the title of: “Studying the feasibility of applying the temperature compensation on Asinelli’s records” which was working on a static SHM system.

During his undergraduate studies, he worked on long spans on the lower floors of tall buildings. A paper by his colleagues and him was published at a national conference. He also was a teacher assistant in Reinforced Concrete Design I & II, Numerical Calculation, etc.

His research interests are in dynamic and static SHM systems, Compensation techniques regarding the environmental effects, Finite element method (FEM), coding in Matlab, and also Mathematical models.



Reserach project: Intelligent walls to control propagation in wireless systems

Silvi was born in Durres, Albania, in 1996. She got her Bachelor Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Tirana in 2017. After working one year in the fiber optics area in Tirana (AL), she decided to start a Master Degree in Unibo. During that period, she was granted a double degree scholarship with Tongji University in China, where she spent 1 year of her academic research in the field or radio propagation. She graduated from Unibo on May 2021 with a thesis in “ Measurement based channel hardening performance evaluation in outdoor environment” with a final grade of 110 with honours. Currently, Silvi is a PhD student working on Intelligent walls in order to control propagation in wireless systems. 



Research project: Development of Flexible Multipurpose Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Underwater Environment Monitoring

August 2019 – October 2021: Interreg Italy – Croatia SUSHI DROP project Research Fellow, “Development of Underwater Unmanned Vehicle”

September 2019 – Present: Didactic Tutor of Automatic Control (SSD ING – INF/04)

May 2019 – August 2019: H2020 SWAMP project Collaborator, ““Programming and execution of autonomous flights by means of drone for the acquisition and processing of multi-spectral images of agriculture cultures”

September 2016 – March 2019: International Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Bologna – Forlì Campus. Thesis Title: “Unknown Input Observer based Quadrotor Fault Detection and Isolation using Kinematic Model”. Supervisor: Prof. Paolo Castaldi. Co-Supervisor RtDA Nicola Mimmo.

September 2012 – March 2016: Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Bologna – Forlì Campus. Thesis Title: “Development and testing of sensors for air quality monitoring”. Supervisor: Prof Fabrizio Giulietti.

His research activity is mainly based on Automatic Control of autonomous vehicles, concerning the research and development in multivariable control and fault detection algorithms of actuators and sensors to address the problem of efficiency, sustainability, and reliability in autonomous vehicles. 




Research project: Structures and infrastructures health management by integrating BIM and monitoring approaches based on big data analysis

October 2021: Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, curriculum Structural Engineering, 110/110 cum laude, University of Bologna. Thesis Title: “Experimental response and numerical models of crescent-shaped braces subjected to tension quasi-static cyclic tests”. Supervisor: Prof. Stefano Silvestri, Co-Supervisor: Michele Palermo.
December 2020- April 2021: Tutor di didatica mista, University of Bologna.
February 2020- December 2020: Degree program tutor for the Civil Engineering International Master’s degree, University of Bologna.
December 2017-September 2018: Field worker, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Homs, Syria.
November 2015 - December 2017: Structural engineer, specialised in steel and concrete-steel composite structures, Homs, Syria.
November 2015: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, AL Baath University. Thesis Title: “Structural analysis and design of natural draught cooling towers (NDCTs)”. Supervisor: Prof. Soleman Alamoudi.



Research project: Intelligent sensor systems for automotive applications

I was born in Trieste where I attended schools and the first three years of university graduating in Information Engineering (electronic address) with a thesis related to the Development and construction of an inverted pendulum (2021). During this phase I developed a strong passion for electronics that pushed me to continue my studies in this field. I chose to go to Bologna because of the reputation that this university enjoys in electronics and motorsport.

At the University of Bologna I joined the Unibo Motorsport team and this was without doubt one of the most important and rewarding experiences so far. I worked in the electronic division on several projects. Thanks to Unibo Motorsport, the University of Bologna and Prof. Luca De Marchi I had the opportunity to do an internship in the company HPE COXA based on which I graduated with a thesis entitled “Design and development of a wireless system for temperature measurement of electric motors”. This project was also the starting point for the work in which I am currently involved as an employee of HPE Coxa.

The success of the thesis project led to the continuation of the collaboration between the university and the company, thanks to which I had the opportunity to take part in the industrial PhD that I am currently doing.