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Michele was born in Bari (Italy) on October 1982 (with the happyness of the relatives, despite of the initial jaundice..).

Last update for summary below: June 2012.

He gained the Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering on October 2004 (summa cum laude), and the Engineering Master Degree in Mechanical Construction and Experimentation on November 2006 (summa cum laude) at the Politecnico di Bari, Italy. In the same year, he got the Qualification as a Professional Engineer of the Italian Association of Engineers. In March 2010 he took the Ph.D. in "Mechanical and Bio-Mechanical Design" at the Politecnico di Bari. He has attended a number of schools in Nano-tribology and Surface Science topics. From Feb. 2012, he is Tenure Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics at the Faculty of Engineering, Università del Salento, Lecce - Italy.

Scientific interests and skill.
His main areas of scientific interest involve the micro- and nano-tribology, the contact mechanics of randomly rough surfaces, the friction, adhesion and lubrication of soft and hard contacts (elasto-hydrodynamics, mixed lubrication), the homogenization aspects of dry and wet contacts (e.g. texture hydrodynamics), the theory of static and dynamic sealings, continuously variable transmissions and toroidal traction drives, energy harvesting from environment mechanical motion. His expertise is on both computational mechanics (Green function-based, FFT and multigrid-multilevel based approach for large scale dry/wet contact mechanics, multiscale approaches, large scale molecular dynamics) and theoretical continuum mechanics (e.g., homogenization theories for sliding rough contacts). He also has expertise on conventional and unconventional experimental mechanics (tribology and surface measurement equipments, AFM certified user, soft lithography, light interferometry).

Research record.
He has authored more than 30 publications, the half of which is on international peer-reviewed journals. He is reviewer for some major international journals, such as Tribology Letters, Tribology International and Soft Matter. In June 2008 – Feb. 2009 he has been visiting graduate and research fellow at the Forschungszentrum-Juelich, Institute of Solid State Research, working on homogenization and numerical techniques for mixed lubrication contacts. In June-Sept 2010 he was visiting scientist at the Tribology Group of the London Imperial College, working on the friction manipulation by micro-EHL contacts. In Mar. 2010 – Feb. 2012 he was research fellow at the TriboLab (Politecnico di Bari, IT), TRASFORMA Network of Research Labs. In Apr-Jun 2013 he was invited as visiting scientist at the Peter Grunberg Institute-1 of the Juelich Research Center, DE. He has different regular international (e.g. with London Imperial College UK, Forschungszentrum-Juelich DE, RWTH Aachen University DE) and national collaborations (e.g. with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Politecnico di Bari, Physics Department CNR-IFN at University of Bari).

In the years 2007-2009, he has been co-worker in an important CVT transmissions scientific research project, funded by the Gear Chain Industrial b.v. (Neunen - The Netherlands). In 2007-2010 he has been involved in the research activity within the EUROCORES project named FANAS ("Friction and Adhesion in Nanomechanical Systems"), funded by the European Science Foundation. In 2009 he has been involved in a research project with the IFAS Institute at RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum-Juelich for dynamic sealings mixed lubrication modeling. In 2010-2011 he has been coordinator of the computational research project “Analysis of fluid flow percolation channels at the contact interface of randomly rough surfaces” funded by CASPUR for 70khours parallel computation. During 2010-2012 he has been working on the TriboLab (Politecnico di Bari) core numerical and experimental research activities, under the financial support of EFS with the Avviso n. 16/2009 - “Reti di Laboratori Pubblici di Ricerca".