Our latest short interview features Luca Flessati, an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Geotechnical Field Testing and Monitoring at TUDelft. Luca anticipates that the network will transform into a collaborative hub, fostering meaningful partnerships among academia, industry, and public institutions, all contributing to the advancement of a sustainable future driven by renewable energy sources.

Can you please provide some insight into your educational and professional background?

My name is Luca and I am an Assistant Professor in Geotechnical Field Testing and Monitoring at TUDelft. I graduated in Civil Engineering in 2013 at Politecnico di Milano and received my PhD in Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering at the same institution. My study interest is mainly in soil-structure interaction problems to define simplified models for the design and optimization of these structures.

How or why did you join the FRONTIErS network?

I am honoured to contribute to the creation of the next generation of highly skilled professionals in the field of offshore wind energy. I am convinced that the early-stage researchers of the network will play a crucial role in pushing the energy transition ensuring the future for generations to come. Together, we are paving the way for a cleaner, more sustainable world powered by renewable energy sources.

Have you had any prior experience with the MSCA Programme?

No, this is my first involvement with an MSCA Program and I am thrilled to participate in this project.

From your perspective, what are the primary benefits of participating in an MSCA doctoral network?

Being part of an MSCA network allows me to collaborate with motivated doctoral candidates who can contribute fresh ideas and energy to our research group. Moreover, it allows me to cooperate with other experienced researchers and institutions across borders. These collaborations can lead to joint research projects, shared expertise, and novel approaches to scientific challenges.

Looking ahead, how do you envision the evolution of the FRONTIErS network by the conclusion of the programme?

I envision the FRONTIErS network evolving into a robust and interconnected community of professionals and experts in the field of offshore foundations. Additionally, I anticipate the network fostering strong partnerships with industry, academia and public institutions further, amplifying its impact on shaping a cleaner and more sustainable world.

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