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Mattia Serra (PI)

Mattia Serra was born in Torrevecchia Teatina, a small village in Abruzzo, Italy. His path crossed Milano, Shanghai, Delft, Zurich, Boston, and San Diego!


Assistant Professor 

University of California, San Diego 

Department of Physics 

 Sep. 2020 - 

Schmidt Science Fellow - Applied Mathematics 

Harvard University

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Mentor: Prof. L. Mahadevan

 Oct. 2017 - Aug. 2020


Ph.D. Nonlinear Dynamics                                  

ETH Zürich

Advisor: Prof. George Haller

Dec. 2013 - Jun. 2017

M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering - Mechatronics                              

Politecnico di Milano
Advisors: Prof. Ferruccio Resta & Dr. Francesco Ripamonti

Score: 110 /110 cum Laude

Sep. 2010 - Dec. 2012

Double B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering                                

Politecnico di Milano & Politecnico di Torino
Score: 110 /110 cum Laude

Sep. 2007 - Jul. 2010


Steering committee member of the UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences Exoplanet/Astrobiology  2020 -  


Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship - Swiss National Science Foundation  (90.000 CHF)                                    2019

ETH Medal Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis                                                                                           2018

Inaugural Schmidt Science Fellowship - in partnership with the Rhodes Trust      (100.000 $)                          2018
(14 fellowships available worldwide)


Inspire AG & ETH Zürich                               
R&D  project: Doubling the closed-loop bandwidth of a complex mechatronic system

Advisors: Prof. Paolo Ermanni (ETH) & Dr. Markus Zogg

Apr. 2013 - Nov. 2013

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Milan)                              

Projects: Quantitative finance

Nov. 2012 - Mar. 2013

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