Prof. Andrea Cusano
Andrea Cusano received his Laurea degree cum Laude in Electronic Engineering on November 27, 1998 from University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. In 2003 he defended his PhD thesis carried out at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of University of Naples with tutor Prof. Antonello Cutolo. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on “Optoelectronic Sensors for Smart Materials and Structures”. On February 2002, during his Ph.D. student course, he was engaged as Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering at University of Sannio to support Prof. Antonello Cutolo to build up the Optoelectronic Division. Since September 2002 and up to now, he has been also in charge as Professor for several courses of Electronics at the Engineering Department of University of Sannio. On December 30, 2002, he started his service as permanent researcher at the University of Sannio. On December 15, 2005 he won a national competition as Associate Professor (scientific area ING-INF/01) at the University of Sannio. His research interests are focused on the suitable merging of optical fibers and nanotechnologies and was the pioneer of the “Lab on Fiber Technology” concept, nowadays recognized as a hot topic in nanophotonics. In 2019, he won a competition as full Professor at the University of Sannio where now he leads the Optoelectronic and Photonic Group.
He was also cofounder of several spin-off companies focused on the development of fiber optic sensing systems for industrial and life science applications: “OptoSmart S.r.l.” in 2005, “MDTech” in 2007, “OptoAdvance” in 2011, Mantid S.r.l. in 2017, Often Medical in 2019.
He published over 400 papers on prestigious international journals and communications in well-known international conferences worldwide; he has close to 20 national and international patents currently in charge of prestigious industrial companies (Ansaldo STS, Alenia WASS, Optosmart, MdTEch, Often Medical). Since 2011 he is Editor in Chief of Journal of Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier).
He is member of the technical and steering program committees of several international and well recognized conferences (IEEE Sensors, International conference on Sensing Technologies, European Workshop for SHM, European Workshop on Optical Fiber Sensors, Asian-Pacific Optical Sensors, International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity, and Poling (BGPP), International conference on Optical Fiber Sensors).
He is co-author of more than 70 invited chapters published in international books, invited papers, keynote and plenary lectures in prestigious scientific international journals as well as international conferences.
He has been Guest editor of many Special Issues related to optical fiber sensor technology and was the Co-Editor of 4 international and well recognized books for relevant scientific publishers. He is consultant for important companies of the Finmeccanica group (today Leonardo Group) such as Ansaldo STS and Alenia WASS. He is also consultant for CERN in Geneva where he is working on the development of innovative optical sensors for high energy physics applications. He received many international recognitions and awards for his efforts in the development of new concepts based on the suitable integration of Optical fibers and Nanotechnologies. He was also Principal Investigators of many national and international projects and was able to be funded for over that 25MEuros in the last 6 years.
Recently, he was appointed as Technical Director of two important National Initiatives:
Finally, he works in collaboration with the REA agency of the European Commission in the frame of the FET-Open initiatives.