Flavio Dobran

Professor, Engineer, Earth Scientist

Biography: Flavio Dobran earned Ph.D. in engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 1978. He held academic positions at New York University, Polytechnic Institute of New York, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Hofstra University. Dr. Dobran was Visiting Professor, Scholar and Scientist in the Department of Theoretical Mechanics of University of Paris, ISPRA Research Centre of the European Union, Polytechnic Institute of University of Grenoble, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Argonne National Laboratory, Departments of Energetics and Geology at the University of Pisa, and Energy and Nuclear Engineering Research Centre of ENEA and Italian National Institute of Geophysics in Rome. In 1994 he founded GVES for the purpose of promoting the development of resilient and sustainable habitats in the Neapolitan area. Dr. Dobran delivered over two hundred seminars to the public and K-12 school children in the Summa-Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei areas on hazards from volcanic eruptions, volcanic and anthropogenic risks, safety, resilience, sustainability, and environmental conservation; organized since 1995 yearly manifestations of Vesuvius area schools to promote Vesuvius consciousness among the school children and teachers; appeared in national and international television documentaries and received many recognitions from schools, organizations, and civil protection for his work on Neapolitan volcanoes; organized several national and international conferences on energy conversion , theoretical mechanics, volcanic processes, Vesuvius, and environmental risk assessment; delivered numerous technical presentations to engineers, earth scientists, and authorities; authored nine books and over 150 peer reviewed technical and educational publications; served as a reviewer for engineering, physics, and earth science journals; coordinated research projects in the United States and for the European Union; guided undergraduate and graduate students on theses; received best technical paper awards and was invited to contribute to technical and mass media publications.

Research Interests: Dr. Dobran’s interests have included academic teaching and research in continuum mechanics of multiphase flows, thermal sciences applied to solar, space, and nuclear energy systems, modeling of volcanic processes and computer simulations of volcanic eruptions, environmental permitting and compliance of commercial and industrial facilities, education of population on the environmental hazards and the development of pathways and resilience to sustainability in the Neapolitan area.

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