Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stories of Success

Luca D’Alessandro, Giovanni Capellari and Stefano Caverni

Luca D’Alessandro, Giovanni Capellari and Stefano Caverni are three former doctoral students at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICA), currently committed to their start-up Phononic Vibes. All passionate about engineering, they decided to found this company in 2018: Luca (CEO & co-founder), Giovanni (Product Manager & co-founder), Stefano (R&D & co-founder) and their team have developed a technology based on periodic architected structures to damp out and absorb the mechanical vibrations and noise.
Their experience at DICA has been extremely important, providing them the possibility to increase competences and knowledge that are nowadays the core of the company’s development.

To learn more about Phononic Vibes, visit the website www.phononicvibes.com

Fadji Zaouna Maina

Fadji Zaouna Maina is an Earth scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She is the first Nigerian woman to work for NASA, where she studies the effects of climate change on water resources, focusing on interpretation of satellite data and development of mathematical models. Starting from the University of Fez, in Morocco, she traveled to France, Italy, and California, contributing to key researches on water sustainability. She joined DICA during 2017-2018, contributing to the European Project “We-need” with a focus on groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes. In 2020 she has been included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Her wish is to find solutions to water related problem in her home country.

To learn more about Fadji’s career, visit her website www.fadjimaina.com