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Curriculum Vitae del prof. Andrea CUSANO

Andrea Cusano was born on May 31, 1971, in Caserta. He received his Laurea degree cum Laude in Electronic Engineering on November 27, 1998 from University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. He started his PhD. in “Optoelectronics” in 1999 at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of University of Naples “Federico II” with tutor Prof. Antonello Cutolo. His PhD thesis was focused on “Optoelectronic Sensors for Smart Materials and Structures” and was finished and defended in February 2003. During his Ph.D. course he attended several specialization schools in electronics and optoelectronics held worldwide by several experts from industrial and research world. In 2001 he was involved in the technical committee for the organization of the International Workshop “Multifunction Sensors for Aerospace” held in the Italian Center for Aerospace Researches (CIRA). 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 create the Optoelectronic Division. On March 31, 2002, he started his activity in the Engineering Department of the same university, working on “Periodic fiber optic structures for sensing and telecommunications applications”. Since September 2002 and up to now, he has been also in charge as Professor for the courses of Digital Electronics and Electronics for Automation of the Laurea course in Information Engineering of University of Sannio. On December 2002 he won a national competition for a position of Permanent Researcher at the Engineering Department of University of Sannio. On December 30, 2002, he started his service as permanent researcher at the University of Sannio. In 2004 he was designated as teacher for a specialization course on “Sensors for Smart Applications” (54 hours) in the ambit of the high level Master “Smart”, held in the same year at the Italian Center of Aerospace Research (CIRA). In 2004 he was also the responsible of the training activities of the students attending the Master “SMART”, carried out at the Optoelectronic Division of the University of Sannio. In 2004 he was engaged as consultant by the Automatic Group of the “Second University of Naples” for the European project “Mesema”, to the aim of designing and testing an optical fiber sensing system based on fiber Bragg gratings for smart magneto-strictive actuators. In 2005, he was nominated as Scientific Advisor of the Research Consortium of Benevento constituted among several universities, research centers and industrial companies. On December 15, 2005 he won a national competition as Associate Professor (scientific area ING-INF/01) and actually he is an Associate Professor at the University of Sannio. In 2006, he was nominated as Scientific Advisor for Ph.D students courses in Environmental Sciences supported by the Regional Agency for the Environment. He is also consultant for CERN, Ansaldo STS and Alenia WASS.

Since 1998, during his Laurea thesis, Andrea Cusano has been involved in research activities requiring strong interdisciplinary interactions with materials science area and focused on the development of optical fiber sensors and systems for smart materials and structures. This early work conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Composite Materials (CNR-Napoli) and the Italian Center for Aerospace Research (CIRA) was carried out to demonstrate the potentiality of optical fiber sensors technology especially in aeronautic applications. Successively he pursued the PhD in optoelectronics at the University of Napoli continuing to work on optoelectronic sensors for Smart Materials. Andrea Cusano was also the first student of Prof. Cutolo to begin a PhD course strongly focused on optical fiber sensor technology. He worked mainly on fiber Bragg grating sensors for static and dynamic measurements especially devoted to the development of smart systems useful for structural health monitoring. This early work had two immediate consequences: the group begin to strongly publish on optical fiber sensors and the work carried out provided the first significant financial supports to build up a top class Optoelectronic Lab. Based on this early work and on the achieved results, he co-founded a spinoff company (Optosmart). Actually, Optosmart provided unrivaled systems for physical and chemical sensing: Optosmart in fact works in exclusive for big Finemaccanica companies (Alenia WASS and Ansaldo STS) and for the first time introduced fiber optic sensors at CERN for the CMS experiment. During his PhD student he begin to supervise the thesis of many undergraduate students and in particular two of them are now senior engineering in Optosmart. After his PhD, he began permanent researcher at University of Sannio and he with his supervisor Antonello Cutolo set a new group: the Optoelectronic Division. The group was entirely focused on optical fiber sensors and Andrea Cusano was in charge to conceive, design and activate new research lines on this topic. He was also nominated as Scientific Responsible of Optosmart. Thanks to his early works carried out in strong connection with material science, he was seriously convicted that the integration of optical fiber technology with materials science could play a strategic role in the sensing world. On this line, he began to work with chemical and biological sensors and created many scientific connection with research groups in Italy and Europe. In 2007, he co-founded a new spin off company MDTEch focused on fiber optic sensors for biomedical applications. In 2011 he founded also OptoAdvance a new spin off company with focus on optical biosensors. In the last three years he focused his research interests towards a new vision: “the Lab on fiber technology” and produced many high level works on multi-material optical fibers for new photonic devices including photonic crystal and quasi crystals. Based on his work, he published over 100 papers in prestigious international journals, more than 150 communications in well known international conferences worldwide, 4 international patents actually in charge of prestigious industrial companies (Ansaldo STS, Alenia WASS, Optosmart and MdTEch), more than 10 national patents on industrial exploitations of optical fiber sensors. He supervised 8 PhD students, three of them have been awarded with the IEEE-LEOS prize as best doctoral thesis in Optoelectronics, he received three international prizes for the best papers presented in well known international conferences. He is also Editor in chief of Journal of Optics Laser and Technology (Elsevier) and Associate Editor for several International Journals (ISI): Photonic Sensors (Springer Verlag), Sensors and Transducers Journal, Journal of Sensors (Hindawi), The Open Optics Journal (Bentham), The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal (Bentham), International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems. He is a referee of several international journals, such as IEEE Phot. Tech. Letters, IEEE J. of Lightwave Tech., IEEE Sensors J., Opt. Eng., IEEE Trans. on Ultrasonics, Ferroel. and Freq. Control, Sens. and Act. A and B, Opt. Exp., Opt. comm., Sensors, Small, IEEE Photonics . He was the responsible of the organizing committee of the “Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors” held in Napoli in July 2007.
Since 2007 he has been invited as Editor of several international special issues as well as international books : Special Issue on “Optical fiber sensors “ for IEEE Sensors Journal (2008), a Special Issue on Current Analytical Chemistry (Bentham Science publication) focused on: “Fiber Optic Chemical and Biochemical Sensors: Perspectives and Challenges approaching the Nano-Era” (2008), "Optochemical nanosensors" by Taylor and Francis (2012), "Fiber Bragg gratings sensors: from research to market" Bentham (2011), "Selected topics on Photonic crystals and Metamaterials" World Scientific 2011. He was also invited to write more than 10 book chapters for Nova Publisher, Springer Verlag, InTech, World Scientific. He was also the main author in more than 10 invited papers in prestigious international journals and well known international conferences. He was invited to give invited presentations in well known international conferences (EWSHM, SPIE, OFC/OFCNET). He was invited lecturer to Italian PhD schools as well as advanced formation courses at CIRA (Italian Center for Aerospace Research). He serves also as Technical Board Member for several International Conferences: IEEE Sensors, International Conference on Sensing Technology (ICST), European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (EWSHM), European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors (EWOFS).

Funding ID. With regards national or international projects, Andrea Cusano was:
- principal investigator for a Military European Project named “AHMOS II” devoted to the development of fiber optic sensors for in flight structural monitoring (Fund: 57kEuro. Time extent: 1 Year). 2007
- scientific responsible for the Univerisity of Sannio for a National Project (PON SMART 2004-2008) focused on smart technologies for aeronautics and aerospace applications. (600KEuro)
- co-investigator for the national project “Materiali Magneto-Elastici e Sensori Optoelettronici: Integrazione di Tecnologie per la Realizzazione di Attuatori e Sensori "Smart"” funded by MIUR and focused on the integration of fiber optics and magneto-strictive materials for the realization of smart sensors and actuators (Fund. 90kEuro, Time Extent: 2 Years).2005-2007 (PI Prof. Antonello Cutolo)
- Scientific Responsible of the Univeristy of Sannio for a Regional Project (Regione Campania-Italy) named “Sensori optochimici sottili in fibra ottica basati su strati ultrasottili di polimeri nanoporosi per il monitoraggio delle acque” and focused on fiber optic chemical sensors for water monitoring (Fund: 80kEuro, Time Extent: 1 Year). 2008
- Finally, he is scientific responsible for the University of Sannio of a relevant National Project funded by MIUR and named “Underwater Antennas based on Acousto-Optic Sensors” (Fund. 1MEuro, Time Extent: 3 Years).2007-2010 (PI Prof. Antonello Cutolo)
- Scientific Responsible of the University of Sannio for a regional project “Rete di Telecomunicazioni Ibride integrate con rete Sensoristica georeferenziata per il Monitoraggio ed il Controllo Ambientale (TISAT)” (Mis. 3.17 POR Campania) (150KEuro) (2009)
- Scientific Responsible of the University of Sannio for the regional project SIAMED: “Sistema Ibrido di telecomunicazioni, integrato con sensoristica optoelettronica e magnetica, microelaboratori elettronici distribuiti, per Applicazioni Medicali”. (Mis. 3.17 POR Campania) (150KEuro) (2010)
He proposes several new ideas, concepts and devices in the field of fiber optic sensors such as:
• Microstructured fiber Bragg gratings as advanced fiber optic transducer for chemical and biological applications (national patent, several publications on international scientific journal –i.e. [A. Cusano et al., “Microstructured fiber Bragg gratings”, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, 27(11), 1663-1697, June 2009. (Invited); A. Cusano et al., “Micro-structured fiber Bragg gratings. Part I: Spectral characteristics”, Optical Fiber Technology, 13(4), 281-290, 2007; A.Cusano et al., “Micro-structured fiber Bragg gratings. Part II: Towards advanced photonic devices”, Optical Fiber Technology, 13(4), 291-301, 2007.]-, invited book chapters - i.e. [A. Cusano et al., “MicroStructured Fiber Bragg Gratings: Theoretical and Experimental Analysis”, in Optics Research Trends, Nova Publisher, ISBN: 1-60021-736-2, 2007, pp. 127-150; A. Cusano et al., “Micro-Structured Fiber Bragg Gratings: Towards Multifunction Photonic Devices for Sensing and Telecommunication Applications”, in Optics Research Trends, Nova Publisher, ISBN: 1-60021-736-2, 2007, pp. 151-171; A. Cusano et al., “Fiber Bragg Gratings Evanescent Wave Sensors: A View Back and Recent Advancements”, in Sensors, serie Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag, 2008, vol. 21, pp. 113–152]-); • New post processing procedures to engineer the photonic bandgap in UV fiber gratings (see [A. Cusano et al., “Photonic Band-Gap Engineering in UV Fiber Gratings by the Arc Discharge Technique,” Opt. Express 16(20), 15332-15342, 2008.]); • New fiber optic chemical sensors based on polymeric layer with a semi-crystalline form exhibiting nano-porous morphology for both air and water monitoring (scientific publications on relevant scientific journals - see [A. Cusano et al., “Optical sensor based on ultrathin films of δ-form syndiotactic polystyrene for fast and high resolution detection of chloroform”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 85, 5349 2004 (17 citations); A.Cusano et al., “Optical Chemo-Sensor based on Long Period Gratings coated with δ form Syndiotactic Polystyrene”,IEEE Phot. Tech. Lett., vol. 17, no. 8, pp. 1713-1715, August 2005. (N. Cit. 17)]; • Integration of carbon nanotubes with fiber optic technology (in collaboration with the ENEA) to develop new opto-chemical sensors (national patent and scientific relevant journal publications, see for instance [A.Cusano et al., “SWCNT nano-composite optical sensors for VOC and gas trace detection”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Volume 138, Issue 1, pp. 351-361, 4 2009. (N. Cit. 3); A. Cusano et al., “Fiber Optic Chemical Sensors based on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Perspectives and Challenges”, in Optical Fibre, New Developments, Christophe Lethien (Ed.), pp. 237-268, 2009, INTECH, ISBN: 978-953-7619-50-3]). Recently, he demonstrated the integration of carbon nanotubes with photonic crystal fiber for photonic bandgap tailoring and sensing applications [A.Cusano et al., “Hollow Fibers Integrated with Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Bandgap Modification and Chemical Sensing Capability”, Sens. and Act. B, 129 (2008) 163–170. (N. Cit. 2); A. Cusano et al., “Microstructured Optical Fibers filled with Carbon Nanotubes: Photonic Bandgap Modification and Sensing Applications”, in Carbon Nanotubes, Jose Mauricio Marulanda (Ed.), pp. 507-522, INTECH, ISBN: 978-953-307-054-4]; • Fiber optic carbon nanotube sensors for hydrogen detection at cryogenic temperatures (see i.e. [A. Cusano et al., “Optical probes based on optical fibers and single-walled carbon nanotubes for hydrogen detection at cryogenic temperatures”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 201106, 2006]) in collaboration with the ENEA, the IMCB and the University of Madrid (Spain, Prof. Guemes); • Integration of metal oxides deposited via electro-spray pyrolisis onto optical fibers to develop novel fiber optic chemical sensors based on near field effects (see [A. Cusano et al., “Optochemical sensor for water monitoring based on SnO2 particle layer deposited onto optical fibers by the electrospray pyrolysis method”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 89, 111103 2006; A.Cusano et al., “A Novel Opto-Chemical Sensor based on SnO2 Sensitive Thin Film for ppm Ammonia Detection in Liquid Environment” J. of Lightw. Tech., Vol. 24, No. 12, 2006, pp5000-5007. (N.Cit.3); A. Cusano et al.,“Near-Field Opto-Chemical Sensors”, in Optical Fibre, New Developments, Christophe Lethien (Ed.), pp. 69-100, INTECH, ISBN: 978-953-7619-50-3.]) with the collaboration of University of Odessa (Ukraine, Prof. Smyntyna);•New photonic devices based on nanocoated tilted fiber Bragg gratings (in collaboration with University of Mons, Dr. Chris Caucheteur [A. Cusano et al., “Spectral Behavior in Nano-Coated Tilted Fiber Bragg Gratings: Effect of Thickness and External Refractive Index,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19(24), 2051-2053, 2007 (N. Cit. 2).]); • Mode transition in nano-coated long period fiber gratings and its effects on sensitivity characteristics (scientific publications in relevant scientific journals (see [A. Cusano et al. “Sensitivity Characteristics in Nano-Sized Coated Long Period Gratings”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 89(20), 201116, 2006 (5 citations)]), invited paper by Springer [A. Cusano et al., “Modal Transition in Nano-Coated Long Period Fiber Gratings: Principles and Applications to Chemical Sensing,” in Innovative Photonic Structures for Bio/Chemical Detection, Ed. Springer, 2008]); •New sensing configurations involving nano coated cascaded tapered long period gratings in multiple configurations (in collaboration with University of Quebec Canada, Prof. Bock, see [A. Cusano et al., “Sensitivity Characteristics Tuning in Tapered Long-Period Gratings by Nanocoatings“, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19(19), 1517-1519, 2007]); • New fiber optic devices based on patterned nano coatings on long period fiber gratings obtained by using laser micromachining (see [A. Cusano et al., “Fringe generation with non-uniformly coated long-period fiber gratings” Optics Express, 15(15), 9326-9340, 2007 (N.Cit.2)]) in collaboration with the Public Univ. of Navarra, (Spain, Prof. Arregui); • New acoustic sensors based on coated Fiber Bragg gratings for underwater applications (European Patent EP1731886, technological transfer towards Alenia WASS); • Smart systems for Intelligent Railways (European Patent EP1902923, technological transfer towards Ansaldo Signal); •New advanced active vibration control using piezoelectrics and fiber Bragg gratings in co-located positioning (Award to the International Conference on Sensing Technologies 2007, invited paper by Springer Verlag [A. Cusano et al., “Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors and Piezoelectric Actuators in Co-Located Configuration for Active Vibration Control Applications,” in Smart Sensors and Sensing Technology, 20, 167-182, Ed. Springer, ISBN: 978-3-540-79589-6, 2008.]); •New optical delay lines using chirped fiber Bragg gratings (international publications [A.Cusano et al., “Chirped Fiber Bragg Gratings for Electrically Tunable Time Delay Lines”, IEEE J. of Sel. Top. on Quant. Electr., vol. 11, is. 2, 2005 pp. 408 – 416. (N. Cit. 12); A. Cusano et al., "Continuously Variable Optical Delay Line Based on a Chirped Fiber Bragg Grating," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18(24) 2551-255s3, 2006 (N. Cit. 6)]) and fast and slow light phenomena [(A.Cusano et al., “Fast and Slow Light in Optical Fibers through Tilted Fiber Bragg Gratings”, Optics Express, Vol. 17, No. 26, pp. 23502–23510, 2009)]; • First numerical and experimental evidence of Guided Resonances in Photonic Crystals with Aperiodically-Ordered Supercells in collaboration with the University of Saint Andrews (Prof. Krauss) [A.Cusano et al., “Guided resonances in photonic crystals with point-defected aperiodically-ordered supercells”, Optics Express, Vol. 17 Issue 22, (2009), pp.19586-19598; A. Cusano et al., “Experimental Evidence of Guided Resonances in Photonic Crystals with Aperiodically-Ordered Supercells”, Optics Letters (accepted for publication)] • New optical transducer for Label free Biosensors (A.Cusano et al., "Long period grating working in transition mode as promising technological platform for label-free biosensing", Optics Express 17, 20039-20050 (2009)); • He introduced for the first time fiber optic sensors at CERN for the CMS experiment • He is going to develop the “Lab on fiber” technology ([A. Cusano et al., “Evanescent-wave LPFG in D-fiber by periodically patterned overlay”, Proc. of 4th EWOFS, Oporto, Portugal, 2010; A. Cusano et al., “Microstructured fiber Bragg gratings”, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, 27(11), 1663-1697, June 2009. (Invited)])

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