BOARD MEMBERS

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Cinzia Zuffada

ISSNAF President, Chair of the Board

Cinzia Zuffada joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena in 1992 and is currently the Associate Chief Scientist. As such she is a key contributor to the strategic planning of science and technology research and development for JPL and to managing institutional internal R&D investments.  Additionally, she oversees a number of programs supporting collaborations between JPL and the academic community.


For the past twenty years, she has led the pioneering Global Navigation Satellite Systems reflectometry technology development at JPL and has played a pivotal role in demonstrating the feasibility of the technique for ocean altimetry and land hydrology remote sensing. She is currently leading a research group to analyze data from the NASA CYGNSS mission to better understand dynamic processes of the terrestrial hydrology.


Cinzia Zuffada has a Doctorate of Engineering degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Pavia, Italy, where she was a Tenured Researcher in Electromagnetic Fields Theory before moving to the US. She received the Teresian Medal from the University of Pavia in 2002, the Magellan award from JPL in 2014, the NASA Leadership medal in 2015, and the Ghislieri Life Achievement award in 2019. In 2016 she was honored by the Italian government with the Knighthood of the Order of Merit. In the winter of 2019 she served as the Science Fellow at the US embassy in Rome lending her expertise in Earth remote sensing to catalyze collaborations between Italy and the US.


She has been a member of the ISSNAF board of directors since December 2017.

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Enrica D'Ettorre

ISSNAF Vice President, Co-chair of the Board

Enrica D’Ettorre received  the “Laurea” degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, magna cum laude, in 1974. After her graduation, she held a full-time research position at CNUCE, an institute of the National Research Council.  In 1977 she obtained a post-doc position at the IBM Scientific Center in Palo Alto, CA, USA, to work on relational databases for personal computers until 1979.

Over the past 40 years Enrica D’Ettorre has continued to work in high-tech. In 2008 she was part of the founding team of DigitalPersona, a company focused on fingerprint recognition, authentication, identity management, and security. From 2002 to 2012, she was part of the DigitalPersona leadership team as VP of Software Engineering and Research, with the responsibility for product strategy and development for the consumer, enterprise, and developer product lines. The DigitalPersona products were adopted by Microsoft, HP and Dell.  The fingerprint recognition engine was a state-of-the-art engine for embedded applications utilized in laptops and smart phones.

Enrica D’Ettorre is actively involved in pro-bono work. She has been a Board member of the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) since 2018, and vice-chair of the Board as of 11/22/2019.  She co-founded the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter in 2017, and she serves as a Board member and Governance Committee Chair. Since 2016, she is a member of the board of La Scuola International School in San Francisco, currently chair of the Governance Committee.

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Pierluigi Zappacosta

Secretary, Treasurer, ISSNAF Founder

Pierluigi received the Laurea degree “cum laude” in electrical engineering from the University of Rome, Italy in 1974, and the Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University in 1978.

In 1981 he co-founded Logitech, a manufacturer of computer peripherals, where he served for 18 years first as President and CEO and later as Vice Chairman. He helped take Logitech public in Switzerland in 1988 and on NASDAQ in 1997. In 1996 he co-founded DigitalPersona, a biometry-based security company, and was its Chairman for several years. Between 2003 and 2013 he was CEO of Sierra Sciences, a biotech company working to extend the human health span. Currently he is an investor in technology companies in USA and Italy.

In 2007 he co-founded ISSNAF (Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation) and is currently its Secretary and Treasurer. In 2017 he co-founded the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter and is currently its Chair. He is chairman of "Friends of Istituto Bruno Leoni" in USA and trustee of "Istituto Bruno Leoni" in Italy.

On June 2nd, 2003 he received the “Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica”. In October 2015, Pierluigi was knighted “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic.

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Vito Campese

Chair of the Honorary Board, ISSNAF Founder

Vito M. Campese, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Co-Director of the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center, and a former chair of the Division of Nephrology at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC-USC) Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. A native of Bari, Italy, he received his medical degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Bari where he also completed his internship, residency and fellowship in nephrology before moving to the USA.

Dr. Campese is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Nephrology, and a specialist on hypertension. He is also a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Hypertension, the International Society of Nephrology and the International Society of Hypertension.

His research interests include such topics as salt sensitivity in hypertension, hypertension and renal failure, cytokines and the neurogenic control of blood pressure, and the role of the sympathetic nervous system in primary hypertension and hypertension associated with kidney disease. He is co-Chairman of an International Committee studying the causes of Mesoamerican nephropathy. He has been a member of the Institute of Health (NIH) Study Section, “Hypertension and Microcirculation.” Dr. Campese has authored over 320 scientific articles, and lectured, extensively, worldwide. He serves on the editorial board of such journals as the  Journal of Hypertension, Journal of Nephrology, and Clinical Nephrology

Vito Campese founded ISSNAF in 2007 and has been its President and Chair of the Board of Directors until November 2019. He is currently chair of the Honorary Board of Directors.

He is a Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy in recognition of his work on preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad, promoting friendly relations and co-operation with the USA and Italy.

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Alberto Conti

Board Member


Alberto Conti is director for New Business and Innovative Solutions of the Civil Space strategic business unit at Ball Aerospace. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is an American manufacturer of spacecraft, components, and instruments for national defense, civil space and commercial space applications. At Ball, he is responsible for managing new business activities for NASA, NOAA and other civilian U.S. government agencies as well as for academia and other science organizations. He joined Ball in September 2018.

Previously, he served as the innovation manager for civil space at Northrop Grumman. He also served as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) innovation scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, the current science operation center for the Hubble Space Telescope, and the future science and mission operation center for JWST. He served as the Hubble Space Telescope chief engineer for Data Management, the Development manager for the Community Missions Office, and the project manager for the data archive of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer space mission.

Alberto Conti has been a leader in developing data mining tools for the worldwide astronomical community. He has also been an early proponent of the use of modern data mining and visualization techniques across the astronomical community. Many will recognize him as the co-creator of the GoogleSky concept and a team member of Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope. Alberto Conti holds a M.S. from the University of Trieste, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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Antonella Nota

Board Member, Scientific Council Chair

Antonella Nota is an astronomer with the European Space Agency, at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she is the Head of the ESA Office. In this role, she is the senior ESA representative for the team and is responsible for Hubble outreach efforts in Europe, which includes the dissemination of the observatory’s results and communications with the public. She also directs all science policies and scientific communications that support the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in Europe.

Born in Venice, Italy, Antonella Nota completed her studies at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Padova, and moved to the US in 1986.  She studies young stellar clusters, in the Milky Way and neighbors, mostly with Hubble and ground based telescopes, because she is interested to know how stars and clusters form.

She strongly advocates combining art and science to spark the curiosity of the public, which has led to several successful partnerships with artists and curators. For example, in collaboration with German artist Tim Otto Roth, she contributed to “From the Distant Past,” which projected signals from distant galaxies observed by Hubble on the façades of buildings in Venice, Italy, New York City, and Baltimore, Maryland. She has also collaborated with curator and historian Anna Caterina Bellati to produce “Our Place In Space”, a science and art exhibit shown in Venice and Chiavenna, where 10 prominent Italian artists were asked to interpret Hubble images.

Antonella Nota has published more than 200 articles in astronomical journals and books, and contributed to numerous press releases and science announcements.  She is a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and L’Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (IVSLA). She joined ISSNAF in 2020.

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Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini

Board Member, ISSNAF Founder

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini has been a founding member of ISSNAF and has been for 11 years its vice-president. He is (since August 1999) Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona, member of the Cognitive Science Program, of the Department of Psychology, of the Department of Linguistics, and honorary member of the Department of Management and Organizations. In the Fall of 2020 he will again be visiting the Linguistics Department of Harvard University. In the Fall of 2013 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy of MIT.
He has been the founder and director of the Department of Cognitive Science (DIPSCO), of the Scientific Institute San Raffaele, in Milan (Italy), and then professor of Cognitive Psychology at the San Raffaele University. Previously he was Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Cognitive Science of MIT, visiting professor at: MIT, Rutgers University, Harvard University, University of Maryland, the Collège de France (Paris, France), and at the University of Bologna. He obtained his doctorate in physics at the University of Rome (Italy) in 1969. His principal domains of research and teaching are Cognitive Science, Judgment and Decision Making, Biological Foundations of Language, Language Evolution, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science. He has been the recipient of the prize “Premio Il Rosone d’Oro”, for the diffusion of science to the general public, of Premio Tevere for the best book of non-fiction, Rome (Italy) and of the Medal of the Chambers of Representatives (Medaglia della Camera dei Deputati) for the diffusion of science.  He has also been for many years, and still is, a regular science correspondent, presently for the daily paper Il Foglio, previously for “La Stampa”, “Il Corriere della Sera” and “La Repubblica”.

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Alberto Salleo

Board Member

Alberto  Salleo is Full Professor of Materials Science &  Engineering and Department Chair at Stanford University. Alberto Salleo  holds a Laurea degree in Chemistry from La Sapienza and graduated as a  Fulbright Fellow with a PhD in Materials Science from UC Berkeley in  2001. For his PhD Alberto studied the origins of high-power laser damage  in synthetic silica, a fundamental hurdle in the development of the  National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. From 2001 to 2005 Alberto was first post-doctoral research fellow and  successively member of research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research  Center, the famed innovation centers in the Silicon Valley. At PARC  Alberto conducted research on the fabrication and characterization of  plastic-based electronics and printing of optoelectronic components for  displays. In 2005 Alberto joined the Materials Science and Engineering  Department at Stanford as an Assistant Professor.

While  at Stanford, Alberto won the NSF Career Award, the 3M Untenured Faculty  Award, the SPIE Early Career Award, the Tau Beta Pi Excellence in  Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Gores Award for Excellence in  Teaching, Stanford’s highest teaching honor. Alberto is Associate Editor  of MRS Communications since 2011 and has published over 200  peer-reviewed articles in addition to editing 2 books. He has been a  Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher since 2015, recognizing that he  ranks in the top 1% cited researchers in his field. In 2020 he was  knighted as Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for his  service to Italy and the Italian scientific community in the Bay Area.

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Maurizio Vecchione

Board Member

Maurizio  Vecchione is executive vice president of Global Good and Research at  Intellectual Ventures (IV). In this role, Maurizio oversees Global Good,  IV’s collaboration with Bill Gates to invent and deploy technology  specifically focused on improving life in developing countries, as well  as the research and operations of the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory  (IV Lab) and Institute for Disease Modeling. Under his leadership,  Global Good and IV Lab engage in cutting-edge research and invention for  the benefit of humanity around global health and global development  priorities.

Maurizio  has nearly 30 years of experience in research and the technology  sector, most recently serving as CEO of Arrogene and prior to that as  CEO of telemedicine pioneer CompuMed. He has contributed to building  nine startups and helped launch more than 50 commercial products,  resulting in more than $1 billion in shareholder value. His work spans  the software, internet, wireless and life sciences sectors, primarily in  connection with translational sciences for science derived from  government and academic research and development efforts.
Maurizio is involved in several nonprofit initiatives, including his  role as co-founder and member of the board of ReefQuest, a global  organization focused on fostering marine environmental stewardship in  children through citizen science. An inventor, he is named on multiple  U.S. patents and patent applications related to imaging, image  processing, and nano-bio-polymer and telecommunications technologies.  Maurizio studied physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Maurizio Vecchione has been on the ISSNAF board of Directors since November 2017.

SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL

Antonella Nota

Antonella Nota

Chair. European Space Agency/Space Telescope Science Institute, Maryland. ESA Hubble and JWST Project Scientist, STScI Head of ESA Office.

Antonella Nota is an astronomer with the European Space Agency, at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she is the Head of the ESA Office. In this role, she is the senior ESA representative for the team and is responsible for Hubble outreach efforts in Europe, which includes the dissemination of the observatory’s results and communications with the public. She also directs all science policies and scientific communications that support the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in Europe.

Born in Venice, Italy, Antonella Nota completed her studies at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Padova, and moved to the US in 1986.  She studies young stellar clusters, in the Milky Way and neighbors, mostly with Hubble and ground based telescopes, because she is interested to know how stars and clusters form.

She strongly advocates combining art and science to spark the curiosity of the public, which has led to several successful partnerships with artists and curators. For example, in collaboration with German artist Tim Otto Roth, she contributed to “From the Distant Past,” which projected signals from distant galaxies observed by Hubble on the façades of buildings in Venice, Italy, New York City, and Baltimore, Maryland. She has also collaborated with curator and historian Anna Caterina Bellati to produce “Our Place In Space”, a science and art exhibit shown in Venice and Chiavenna, where 10 prominent Italian artists were asked to interpret Hubble images.

Antonella Nota has published more than 200 articles in astronomical journals and books, and contributed to numerous press releases and science announcements.  She is a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and L’Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (IVSLA). She joined ISSNAF in 2020.

Marina Bosi

Marina Bosi

Stanford University, California. Adjunct Professor.

Marina Bosi, a pioneer in the development of digital audio coding, is a recognized global executive with deep experience in digital media technology markets, rights management, and licensing. Marina received her degrees in Physics and in Music from the University of Florence (Italy) and from the National Conservatory of Music (Florence, Italy), respectively, and completed her thesis as a Chargèe de Recherche at IRCAM in Paris, France.  After working with the composer Luciano Berio at Tempo Reale, Florence, Marina came to the USA and became a Consulting Professor (since 1998) at Stanford University's Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and in the Electrical Engineering department (2004-2009). An experienced industry leader, Marina cofounded (with L. Chiariglione, MPEG Chair) the Digital Media Project and was the CTO of MPEG LA, Vice President - Technology at DTS, Project Engineer at Dolby Laboratories, and DSP Engineer at Digidesign (Avid).  A Fellow and Past President of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and a Senior Member of IEEE, Marina’s awards include the AES Silver Medal in recognition of “outstanding achievements in the development and standardization of audio and secure digital rights management” and the ISO/IEC Editor award for her contributions to ISO/IEC 13818-7, MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC).

A graduate of Stanford Business School’s “Stanford Executive Program”, Marina holds several patents and publications and she is author of the acclaimed textbook “Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards” (Kluwer/Springer December 2002). Marina has experience working with boards of directors, committees, and external stakeholders and is currently Treasurer-Elect and a Board member of the AES and teaches and supervises graduate-level research at Stanford University.

Alberto Conti

Alberto Conti

Ball Aerospace, Colorado. Director for New Business and Innovative Solutions, Civil Space Strategic Business Unit.


Alberto Conti is director for New Business and Innovative Solutions of the Civil Space strategic business unit at Ball Aerospace. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is an American manufacturer of spacecraft, components, and instruments for national defense, civil space and commercial space applications. At Ball, he is responsible for managing new business activities for NASA, NOAA and other civilian U.S. government agencies as well as for academia and other science organizations. He joined Ball in September 2018.

Previously, he served as the innovation manager for civil space at Northrop Grumman. He also served as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) innovation scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, the current science operation center for the Hubble Space Telescope, and the future science and mission operation center for JWST. He served as the Hubble Space Telescope chief engineer for Data Management, the Development manager for the Community Missions Office, and the project manager for the data archive of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer space mission.

Alberto Conti has been a leader in developing data mining tools for the worldwide astronomical community. He has also been an early proponent of the use of modern data mining and visualization techniques across the astronomical community. Many will recognize him as the co-creator of the GoogleSky concept and a team member of Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope. Alberto Conti holds a M.S. from the University of Trieste, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Nicola Di Cosmo

Nicola Di Cosmo

Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton. Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies.

Nicola Di Cosmo is the Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies (2003-present). He holds a PhD from Indiana University in Uralic and Altaic Studies, and a BA from the University of Venice (Italy). He has been a Research Fellow at Cambridge University, taught at Harvard University and at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and held numerous visiting or teaching positions in Japan, China, France, Italy, and the US. He is also Visiting Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University.

His work has been on the history of Chinese and Inner Asian frontiers from the ancient to the modern periods, history of nomadic peoples, and history of late imperial China. His authored and edited books include Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in east Asian History (Cambridge) Manchu-Mongol Relations on the Eve of the Qing Conquest (Brill), The Diary of a Manchu Soldier in Seventeenth Century China (Routledge) and several edited books: Military Culture in Imperial China (Harvard), The Cambridge History of Inner Asia, vol II (Cambridge), Warfare in Inner Asian History (Brill), and most recently Exchange and Empires in the Eurasian Late Antiquity (Cambridge 2018).

His most recent work tries to integrate palaeoclimatic data and historical sources, with special reference to the history of Medieval Eurasia and the Mongol empire. His articles in this area have been published in Scientific Reports, Nature Geoscience, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History and Climate Change among others.

Filippo Mancia

Filippo Mancia

Columbia University, Department of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, New York. Associate Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Education.

Filippo Mancia is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University. He graduated in Chemistry in Pavia (Italy), and obtained a PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge (UK), under the supervision of Dr. Phil Evans, FRS. His post-doctoral work was carried out in the labs of Drs. Wayne Hendrickson and Richard Axel in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University. He is a structural biologist with experience in x-ray crystallography, single particle cryo-electron microscopy, and in production and characterization of membrane proteins for structural studies. The main research focus of his lab is on membrane protein – lipid interactions, both in terms of enzymes, which process lipid substrates, and of transporters, which mediate cellular uptake of lipidic substrates. He is also interested in applying structural biology and related techniques to study mechanisms of resistance utilized by pathogens to counter the efficacy of current therapeutics. He has held a leadership role in ISSNAF, promoting its mission, since 2016, as a member of the Board of Trustees first, and now a part of its Scientific Advisory Council.

Chiara Manzini

Chiara Manzini

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, New York. Associate Professor.

Chiara Manzini is an Associate Professor at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology. She initially trained in Human Genetics at the University of Pavia in Italy and received her PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University. She then completed postdoctoral training at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Neurogenetics studying multiple types of brain malformations and non-syndromic intellectual disability and autism. The main goal of  Chiara Manzini’s research is to bridge the genetics and mechanisms of disease to identify genes that are essential for human cognition and to define the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders focusing on autism and neuromuscular disorders. Before joining the Scientific Council, Chiara Manzini was co-Chair of the ISSNAF DC Chapter and has been involved in multiple efforts to promote interaction among Italian scholars between Italy and the US, including founding the Armenise-Harvard Summer Fellowship for Italian students.

Daniela Molena

Daniela Molena

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. Director, Esophageal Surgery Program, Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Daniela Molena is a graduate of the University of Padova Medical School in Italy. She completed residencies in general surgery both at the University of Padova and at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. She completed a gastrointestinal research fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco and cardiothoracic clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Weill Cornell Medical College. She served as Chief of Thoracic Surgery at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she developed a lung cancer multidisciplinary treatment and screening programs. She was recruited back to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2015 to serve as the Director of the Esophageal Program within the Thoracic Surgery Division. She strives to provide excellent and individualized care to patients, integrating new technology and novel approaches.

She is an advocate for the use of minimally invasive techniques (VATS, laparoscopic or robotic) whenever possible to decrease pain and enhance patient’s recovery.

Her research focuses in identifying and measuring quality indicators to improve clinical and functional outcomes after surgery, designing clinical pathways to decrease costs and improve results, and identifying racial and socioeconomic disparities that limit the access to excellent care. She is also interested in developing and studying new technologies and imaging guided approaches to direct surgical resection to be more precise, effective and less invasive.

Daniela Molena has authored over 100 manuscripts and several book chapters. She is part of the Editorial Board of several renown Journals. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract, American Association for Thoracic Surgery and International Society for the Diseases of the Esophagus.

Marcello Romano

Marcello Romano

Naval Postgraduate School, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, California. Professor of Astronautical Engineering, Director of the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory.

Marcello Romano is a Professor of Astronautical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He is the Director of the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory.

Marcello Romano’s scholarly mission is to lead research, education, discovery and invention at the frontiers of astronautical science & engineering for the benefit of mankind.

His main research interest pertains to the discipline of orbital robotics, which stands at the nexus of orbital mechanics, robotics, control theory and space system engineering.

His major research results involve the mathematical modeling and design of guidance and control laws for the proximity maneuver of artificial satellites equipped with robotic manipulators. Applications of such systems include on-orbit servicing, assembly and manufacturing, space debris removal and asteroid exploration and utilization.

Marcello Romano obtained his PhD in Astronautical Engineering in 2001 and his Engineering degree in 1997 from Politecnico di Milano.

From 2001 to 2003, he was a Postdoctoral Associate Fellow of the National Research Council. Since 2004, he is a tenure-track faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2011, he spent a year as a visiting professor in the Institute of Astronautics at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). In 2018 he was a visiting professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and a visiting scientist  at the Intelligent Robotics Group of NASA Ames Research Center.

Marcello Romano has authored more than one hundred scientific papers,  including more than fifty journal papers and eight awarded patents. A dedicated educator, he takes professional pride to count among his alumni professors at US institutions and lead engineers at SpaceX, Maxar, and other space companies.  Marcello Romano is an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a senior member in the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a member of several national and international professional committees.

Damiano Rondelli

Damiano Rondelli

University of Illinois, Chicago. Michael Reese Professor of Hematology, Chief of Division of Hematology/Oncology, Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

Damiano Rondelli completed his medical training in Hematology at the University of Bologna, Italy. He was then a Research Assistant in the Department of Human Immunogenetics at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, WA, where he started his laboratory research in stem cell transplant models. In 1995 he became an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Hematology at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2002 he joined the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as the Director of the Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. He is currently the Michael Reese Professor of Hematology and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Director of BMT in the Department of Medicine, and the Director for Global Partnerships in the UIC College of Medicine Center for Global Health. His research interests focus on clinical trials in stem cell transplantation for blood cancer and sickle cell anemia patients, and on preclinical models to prevent stem cell rejection in incompatible transplants. He leads also a global health BMT [GlobalBMT] program aimed at building capacity and collaborating with non-for-profit institutions in low-middle income countries developing BMT for patients with cancer or blood disorders. His GlobalBMT initiative currently includes partners in Nepal, India, Nigeria, Uganda, Bolivia, Cuba, Ukraine and Greece.

Paola Sapienza

Paola Sapienza

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois. Donald C. Clark/HSBC Chair in Consumer Finance, Professor of Finance.

Paola Sapienza is an economist and the Donald C. Clark/HSBC Chair in Consumer Finance, Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, a faculty research fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research. She is widely published in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and Science. She has been featured in the Thompson Reuter/Clarivate list of most influential scientific minds in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018. She earned a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1998.

Giuliano Testa

Giuliano Testa

Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Chairman, Simmons Transplant Institute.

Giuliano Testa is a graduate of the University of Padova Medical School in Italy. He completed General Surgery Residencies both at the University of Padova and at the University of Chicago and then a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In 1998 Giuliano Testa moved to Germany to the University of Essen where he significantly contributed to start the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplant Program. In 2001, he was recruited with the title of Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Liver Transplant Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2005, he moved to the University of Chicago as Director of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery and rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery.

In 2008, Giuliano Testa completed the Fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics of the University of Chicago and joined the Faculty to become the Associate Director of the Surgical Ethics Program. In 2011 he obtained a Master's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Giuliano Testa was recruited by Baylor University Medical Center in July 2011 to lead the Living Donor Liver Program. In 2017 he was promoted to Division Chief and in 2019 Chairman of the Simmons Transplant Institute.

Giuliano Testa is actively involved in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, where he currently is a member of the Living Donation Committee and was a member of the Reimbursement Committee.  He is also involved with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) where he served on the Living Donor Committee and is currently serving on the Ethics Committee as well as on the Ethics Committee at Baylor University Medical Center.

Giuliano Testa is author or co-author of more than 160 manuscripts and several book chapters. He is a recognized authority in the field of Living Donor Liver Transplantation, Living Donor Intestinal Transplantation and Uterus Transplantation.

 

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