My name is Luca Di Stasio and I am a young engineer of 26 years of age. Italian by origin, I traveled for study and work to the Netherlands, China, USA and Spain before moving to Switzerland in September 2013. I am writing a few lines in order to introduce myself, my skills and competences and the kind of professional opportunities I am looking for.
I am personally very passionate about research and innovation, I have always been inquisitive about life and reality and I have always had a strong thirst for knowledge. As a young engineer, I feel a strong commitment to devote my professional skills for the benefit of society. On these grounds, I regard a career in research and development the best match for both these personal attitudes. Thus, I would like to deepen my experience in the field of research and widen my scientific formation as an engineer. Tasks that lie at the crossroad between modeling and simulation, experimental activity and applied problem-solving are the kind of work which appeals to me the most.
My core skills are related to mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, calculation and programming applied to material behaviour modeling, structural analysis, fluid dynamics, heat exchange, atmospheric and space flight mechanics. I have working knowledge of several different programming languages and software, such as C, C++, Python, HTML, Fortran, Matlab, Mathematica, Excel, Abaqus, Comsol, AutoCAD, Solid Edge and I can quickly learn to use other software tools. I have also experience in preparation and conduction of experiments; production and testing of composite materials; production and maintenance of electro-mechanical hardware (mainly wires, small-size transformers); production of mechanical parts with classical technologies and CNC.
I studied in Milano (Italy) at the scientific high school Liceo Scientifico Istituto Sacro Cuore where I obtained the italian Diploma di Maturitá (high school diploma) with final mark of 100/100 cum Laude. I then began the engineering studies at Politecnico di Milano, where I graduated in 2010 obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with final mark of 110/110. Afterwards, I was accepted in the double degree project EAGLES (Engineers as Global Leaders for Energy Sustainability). In this framework I spent another year studying in Milano, than I studied for a year at Drexel University in Philadelphia (USA) and worked for a year on a research project at the IMDEA Materials Institute in Madrid (Spain). As a result of this project, I graduated at Drexel University in 2012 obtaining the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with overall GPA of 4/4 and at Politecnico di Milano in 2013 where I was granted a Master of Science in Space Engineering with final mark of 110/110. In 2013 I obtained the italian Professional Engineer License from Politecnico di Milano. In the meanwhile, I complemented the university education participating in professional training activities, language courses, summer schools and workshops on topics related to science and engineering.
In the past years I also had the chance of gaining some work experience, mainly on part-time basis. I first worked for a family-owned business of electro-mechanical systems (mainly electrical transformers), where I acquired practical experience of several production facilities and processes. Later, I worked as a driver for another family-owned business focused on fast road transports and international deliveries. Afterwards, I was employed as tutor by the Liceo Scientifico Istituto Sacro Cuore. My main duty was the organization and management of extracurricular activities for high school students with poor results in school, to help them learn an effective method for studying and dealing with the assigned tasks. I also devoted time to gratuitous work as both secretary and sound technician for the catholic association CLU. Main tasks were related to ordinary administration, accounting, event planning and management, on-site preparation and assistance. Currently I am employed as research assistant at ETH Zürich on full time basis: I am now focusing on multi-scale modeling of wood for the determination of macroscopic mechanical properties; previously I worked on the research project Fluid-Structure Interaction on Deformable Surfaces.