Born in Bergamo on 29 August 1968.
Appointed Director of Leonardo by the Shareholders' Meeting of 20 May 2020.
He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic, where he obtained a PhD in Applied Mechanics in 1996, became a tenured researcher in 1999, followed by Associate Professor in 2001 and Full Professor of Applied Mechanics in 2004. At the same University he was for over ten years Director of the Department of Mechanics (2007-2016) and Delegate of the Rector for the Enhancement of Research and Technology Transfer (2011-2016), a strategic area in relations with companies. In 2017 he was appointed Rector of the Politecnico di Milano, the first technical university in Italy and one of the best twenty in Europe in the three fields of study and research: architecture, design and engineering. He was first elected Secretary General of CRUI - Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities, an association that brings together recognised state and non-state universities, one year later, in 2020, he was then appointed President.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Allianz SpA, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of NextChem-Tecnimont, the Board of Directors of SIAM (Società d'incoraggiamento Arti e Mestieri) and the Committee of Guarantors of the Fondazione Collegio delle Università Milanesi. He is also an expert member of the Technical Mission Structure at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. As part of his research activities, he holds 7 international patents and is the author of over 240 scientific publications. In the two-year period 2018-2019, he was President of Idea League, the alliance of five leading European universities in the technological and scientific fields (ETH - Zurich, TU - Delft, RWTH Aachen, Chalmers University, Politecnico di Milano).
Among the various awards conferred on him, he received the honor of Commendatore of the Italian Republic.