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Work and Research Experience

US Department of Energy, Senior Science and Technology Fellow (2016-present)

 

  • Technology Manager, Solar Energy Technologies Office: monitored a $60M portfolio of R&D projects (including innovation in manufacturing, software for energy load control and forecasting, blockchain-enabled energy transaction, machine learning applications, technology evolution studies, creation and validation of new investment funds and business models to bring new capitals to the cleantech space)
  • SBIR-STTR Office Portfolio Manager: ensured alignment of topic development and award selection with office goals; monitored awards progress and impact
  • Developed data-driven statistically-rigorous methodologies to measure the impact of government funding in technology transfer and other variables in the success of startups. Demonstrated that a robust investor ecosystem and an independent technology validator are needed in the same location (“innovation hubs”) to enable technology maturation

Stanford University, PostDoctoral Scholar (2013-2016)

 

  • Simulated, designed, and tested innovative solutions to increase silicon solar cells efficiency using optical nanostructures (metamaterials) as antireflection coatings

Boston University, Postdoctoral Associate (2011-2013)

 

Leadership experience

Stanford Leaders in Communication, Coach (2013-2016)

 

TEDxSSC, Founder and Chief Organizer (2014-2015)

 

  • Initiated and led the organization of a TEDx event (200 guests, 13 speakers, 19 organizing team members, $10k budget)
  • Coordinator of fundraising and sponsorship tasks, editorial decisions, communication plan, social media strategy, logistic organization

Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, Volunteer (2014)

 

SSC Alumni Association, President (2011-2014)

 

  • Elected by 150+ members. Interacted with academic and professional stakeholders to develop and execute the Association’s multi year plan
  • Increased fundraising contributions from $500 to $7k in 4 years

Education

PhD in Physics, summa cum laude, University of Catania (2006-2010)

 

Diploma, summa cum laude, Scuola Superiore di Catania (2004-2006)

 

Other

People I met with think I am action-oriented and collaborative.
My friends define me as trustworthy and problem solver.
I consider myself curious and passionate.