Published: 12 December 2013

I am an Italian Mechanical Engineer born and grown up in Rome, where I studied at the University “La Sapienza” obtaining my degree in 2003.

My working experience is totally in the field of physics research. Having received a fellowship contract from the University I had the opportunity to start working in the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and specifically for the Frascati National Laboratories (LNF). I spent five years of my life there as part of the Mechanical Engineering Service and gained knowledge and expertise of some important engineering support tasks related to particle accelerators and detectors, such as mechanical design, structural and thermal calculations, survey and alignment.

In the beginning of 2011 I had the opportunity to come to CERN as a fellow. I was extremely excited at the idea and had no doubt about accepting and starting a new adventure. I spent the first two years of my fellowship in the EN department, working mainly on mechanical vibration stabilisation for the CLIC project. This period was very interesting and highly enriched my knowledge of mechanical vibrations while it also allowed me to deepen my expertise in mechanical design and finite element analyses.

In January 2013 I moved to the PH department and started working with the ALICE experiment. Within this group I collaborated with the technical coordination. I was very lucky to join ALICE during a period of very intense activity. As a matter of fact working for ALICE during the LHC long shutdown gave me the opportunity to live the day-by-day working life in the ALICE cavern, take part in many important activities such as installations, removals, displacements and modifications of detector components and supports. Within these activities my assignment has been to study and define task procedures and then follow their fulfilment, to design handling tools and temporary supports, to perform structural verifications of existing and new components and finally to take part in the coordination and planning of the operations.

I believe that engineering support has a very important role in the field of physics research. Moreover, most of the times, the tasks that we are called to face are extremely challenging. For me this is what makes our activity so interesting and fascinating and this is why I do my job always with great passion and enthusiasm.