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Leonardo Bertini - Delegate for the Promotion of Spin Offs, Start Ups and Patents

Leonardo BertiniLeonardo Bertini
Professor of Mechanical Design and Machine Construction at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
Leonardo Bertini graduated cum laude in Nuclear Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at Pisa University in 1980. Immediately after his degree, he worked for three years as an engineer for two national companies, Nuovo Pignone, Florence and Costruzioni Metalliche FINSIDER, Leghorn. From 1984 to 1986, he followed the Ph.D. course in “Mechanics of Materials” at the University of Pisa and became a member of staff of the university in 1988. From 1992 to 1999, he was an associate professor and in 2000 became a full professor.

Institutional roles

Professor Bertini was vice president of the Council for the degree course in Mechanical Engineering from 2000 to 2002, president of the Council for the postgraduate degree course in Mechanical Engineering from 2003 to 2008, director of the Ph.D. School in Engineering “Leonardo da Vinci” from 2005 to 2009, vice dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2009 to 2012 and expert member then full member of the Patents Committee of the University of Pisa. From 1993 to 2000, he was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Association for Stress Analysis (AIAS), and from 1993 to 1997 was secretary and treasurer. From 2005 to 2007, he was the president of the association.

Scientific and teaching activities

From 1992 to the present, Professor Bertini has taught Machine Design, Computer Aided Design of Structures and Mechanical Construction Techniques for various degree courses in the Engineering area. Professor Bertini’s research interests have included; the fatigue behaviour of metals at high temperature and in corrosive environments and high average stress; fracture mechanics, both theoretical and experimental; the mechanics of composite materials; hydrogen weakening; the fatigue and resistance of welded joints; the measurement and modulation of states of auto tension; the behaviour of oil drilling blocks, for which full scale models have been developed from the original machines and used for scientific collaboration with Italian and foreign companies; the behaviour of continuously variable transmission CVT, for use in vehicles, in particular as regards performance.
Professor Bertini’s research has led to more than 130 research memos many of which have been published in the most prestigious international journals of this sector. His work has earned him the following recognition: AIAS Award (Italian Association for Stress Analysis) in 1992 and 2000; CEGB Prize (Central Electricity Generating Board) 2010, bestowed by the Editorial Board of the Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design; SMAU Prize for Innovation 2016 attributed to the spin-off company of the University of Pisa, Letomec together with Electrolux.
Professor Bertini is the co-owner of two patents, “Device for the measurement of the mechanical properties of materials, in particular metal materials” and “Helios: Innovative automated system for the measurement of hydrogen content and the relative diffusion coefficient in materials and measuring instrument”.


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