Born in Salerno (Italy) on September 22, 1958. Graduate Degree (5 years course) in Aeronautical Engineering, at University of Naples, with full marks cum laude and publication of the thesis (all examinations passed with full marks). Philosophy Doctor in Aerospace Engineering at University of Naples (entrance examination passed with full marks). Qualifying examination in Engineer (with full marks). Actual position: full Professor (with permanent position, winner of an open competition) at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Naples II; chairman of the Teaching Staff for the Degree and the Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering; chairman of the Ph.D. School in Aerospace Sciences and Technologies. Teaching courses: Aerodynamics, Compressible Fluid Dynamics (undergraduate); Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Aerospace Propulsion (graduate). Member of AIAA, AAAS-American Association for Advancement of Sciences, ELGRA-European Low Gravity Research Association, NYAS-New York Academy of Sciences. Member of the Physical Sciences Working Group of ESA-European Space Agency (1993-1996; 1996-1999); Member of the Microgravity Sciences and Processes Committee of the IAF-International Astronautical Federation (1994- ); Member (elected) of the Management Committee of ELGRA (1995-1997; 1997-1999); Vice-President (elected) of ELGRA (1999-2001; 2001-2003); Vice-Chairman (elected) of the Committee for Microgravity Sciences and Processes of the IAF (2003-2006);); Chairman (elected) of the Committee for Microgravity Sciences and Processes of the IAF (2006-2009; 2009-2012). Member (permanent, elected in 2004) of the IAA- International Academy of Astronautics; Member of the Commission 1 (Space Physical Sciences) of the IAA (2007-2009, 2009-2011, 2011-2013, 2013-2015); Regional Secretary (for Italy) of the IAA (2007-2009, 2009-2011, 2011-2013); Member of the Awards and Memberships Committee of the IAA (2011- ); Member of the Publications and Communications Committee of the IAA (2011- ); Co-editor of Acta Astronautica (2011- ). Co-Investigator of the experiment \Onset of Oscillatory Marangoni Flows\, Mission Spacelab D2 - Space-Shuttle Columbia, Flight STS-55 (April 1993). Principal Investigator of the experiment \Bubble Behaviour under Low Gravity\, Mission Spacelab IML-2 - Space-Shuttle “Columbia”, Flight STS-65 (July 1994). Principal Investigator of the experiment \Non-linear Surface Tension Driven Bubble Migration\, Mission Spacelab LMS – Space Shuttle “Columbia”, Flight STS-78 (June 1996).