Stefano Brizzolara

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., 2000, Naval Architecture, University Federico II, Naples, Italy
  • M.S.+B.S., 1994, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy
  • Numerical Hydrodynamics for Ship Design
  • Design of Advanced Marine Vehicles
  • Design of HIgh Performance Marine Propellers and Propulsors
  • 2016 – present: Associate Professor of Ship Dynamics, Virginia Tech
    kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  • 2012 – 2016: Principal Research Scientist, MIT, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2011 – 2012: Visiting Peabody Associate Professor, MIT, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2003 – 2011: Adjunct Professor, University of Genoa, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Italy
  • 2000 – 2003: Assistant Professor, University of Genoa, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Italy
  • 1996 – 2000: Ship Design Engineer, Hydrodynamic and Research Office, Naval Ship Division Fincantieri, Genoa, Italy
  • 1994-1996: Officer Italian Navy, responsible of experimental tests at Navy Hydrodynamic Cavitation Tunnel, Rome, Italy
  • 2016 Excellence in Review award from from the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering (vol.42.1:2-4)
  • 2012 – 2016, Assistant Director for Research, MIT Sea Grant College Program
  • 2015 Mandel’s Prize for Excellence in Hydrofoil Research, as advisor of the winner Luca Bonfiglio, PhD student.
  • 2011 – 2012, Peabody Visiting Associate Professor, MIT, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2010, Visiting Professor Fellowship at NATO Undersea Research Center, La Spezia, Italy
  • 2012 - present,  in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Maritime Engineering, RINA
  • 2012 - present, in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Small Craft Technology, RINA
  • 2013 - present,  in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Marin Science and Application, Springer
  • 2015 – 2019, elected member of the International Ships and Offshore Structures Congress, Special ISSC-ITTC Joint Committee
  • 2013-2015, elected member of the International Ships and Offshore Structures Congress, Committee II.2: Dynamic Response
  • 2014 – present,  member of the SNAME H-8 Propeller panel
  • 2014 – present, in the scientific committee of the International Symposium on Marine Propulsors
  • 2005 – 2011 Technical Chairman of High Speed Marine Vehicles HSMV Conference
  • 2003-2010, Founder and Chief Scientist of the Marine CFD Group, at Univ. of Genoa, a research group dedicated to the development and application of numerical hydrodynamics in Ship Design, involved in several research projects with EU, ONR, Italian Navy and shipbuilding industry.
  • 2012 – 2016 Founder and Chief Scientist of the MIT-iShip, Innovative Ship design lab, a new research group dedicated to the development, application and validation of innovative designs / design methods of different marine vehicles, funded by ONR and DARPA.
  • AOE-4334 Ocean Vehicles Dynamics and Controls 
  • AOE-5444G Dynamics of High Speed Marine Vehicles
  • AOE-4344 Dynamics of High Speed Crafts

 

  • S. Brizzolara (2005) “Stabiliser Fin”, European Patent #120138.3-2312. A new type of fin stabilizer with particular devices able to increase the lift force and the hydrodynamic efficiency at high angle of attack. The new fins have been installed with success by Fincantieri on a series of offshore patrol vessels for the Italian Navy.
  • S. Brizzolara “Watercraft Device”. Italian Patent # GE2011A000011 (2011), US patent US8763546 B2 (2014). It is about an innovative Autonomous Surface Vehicle with unconventional SWATH hull form, optimized for minimum drag and motions in waves, for launching and recovering of AUVs.
  • S. Brizzolara “Watercraft Device”. Italian Patent # GE2011A000012 (2011), US patent US8820260 B2 (2014). A special HYbrid HYdrofoil SWATH (HY2SWATH) Vehicle, with wing in ground effect, capable of reaching a max speed of 120 knots in Sea State 3 flying on two pairs of negative dihedral super-cavitating surface piercing hydrofoils. The patent includes the new design of the special dual-operating-mode super-cavitating hydrofoil section (SCSB-I section).
  • E. B. Brizzolara, S. Brizzolara “Marine Tunnel Thruster”. Italian Patent # GE2011A000036. International (WIPO) patent application PCT/IB2012/051653, US patent US20160628. An innovative tunnel geometry and additional devices to improve the efficiency and thrust of long tunnel thrusters (i.e. with high diameter/length ratios). The patented new t.t. configuration is valid for auxiliary thrusters for maneuvering at zero speed (including station keeping, dynamic positioning) of large offshore as well as for main thrusters of seagoing vessels.
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Dr. Stefano Brizzolara
  • (540) 231-7552
  • stebriz@vt.edu
  • Aerospace & Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
    Randolph Hall, RM 332-4, Virginia Tech
    460 Old Turner St.
    Blacksburg, VA 24061