Building F of the School of Engineering was named after Emilio Vitale, a prominent figure within the University of Pisa and beyond, who died in the aftermath of a serious accident on January 1, 2021. Born in 1954 and a mechanical engineer, he was director of the Department of Mechanics, Nuclear and Production engineering from November 2000 to October 2002 and from November 2002 to December 2009 he was dean of the Faculty of Engineering for two terms. During his career, he also held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Applied Research at the University of Pisa.
Vitale’s contributions are highly relevant at the academic and research level, first in an experimental program aimed at predicting the risk of fractures in pressurized nuclear reactors, and then in research in the automotive industry and sustainable mobility, in collaboration with large companies in the sector. The University of Pisa awarded him the Cherub table in 2010.
The Rector of the University of Pisa brought their greetings to the ceremony Paolo Mancarellathe chairman of the School of Engineering Alberto Landidirector of the Department of Construction and Industrial Engineering Maria Vittoria Salvetti, Enrico Manfrediformer professor at the University of Pisa, professor Leonardo Bertini by the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering and the chairman of the Movet association Giuseppe Pozzana.
“With Emilio Vitale, the University of Pisa has lost one of its clearest minds – declared rector, Paolo Mancarella – Naming him this Polo today is, for our society, a great sign of recognition and respect for the contribution he has made to our university, to our society and to the growth of our young people. On the other hand, it is also thanks to people like him that Pisan University is today among the most important in the world; a place where it is nice to study, learn, grow. I hope in that way that his name can continue to be an inspiration to all the girls and boys who come here to study. “
“Emilio Vitale was a scientist and an engineer of the highest caliber – he adds Leonardo Bertini, Professor of Mechanical Design and Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering – with the extraordinary ability to predict events and developments in the scientific and industrial world. In addition to this, he was a person with distinct humanity and solid moral principles, with whom I am honored to have collaborated for a long time, and with whom I am remembered today with great devotion and equal regret over the premature death of a figure , which is difficult to replace “.
During the memorial service, the “Emilio Vitale” degree award was presented for the best master’s thesis in Mechanical Engineering or Vehicle Engineering, sponsored by the Initiative Center for Motors, Vehicles and Technologies (MOVET). The award-winning student, Guido Malloggigraduated in Mechanical Engineering with a grade of 110 out of 110 cum laude at the end of an extremely brilliant university career and defended a dissertation entitled “Mechanical characterization of carbon fiber laminates for structural use”.
“The MOVET association – adds the chairman Giuseppe Pozzana – gradually has a consolidated and in-depth collaboration with the engineering departments involved in automotive issues, and most of its members have had the opportunity to meet Professor Emilio Vitale and appreciate his skills and talents. We therefore felt it was our duty to help strengthen his memory by promoting an initiative aimed at encouraging young people to fully commit to studying and researching the topics that fascinated him, and which he has contributed so profitably to both personally and in his institutional situation. activities “.
Source: University of Pisa – Press Office
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