Emilio Carlos Nelli Silva

Full Professor / PhD

RCGI Director of the Engineering Programme / RCGI Project Coordinator

University of São Paulo / Escola Politécnica / Dept. Mechatronics and Mechanical Systems Engineering

Phone: +55 11 3091 9754


He began his work as Professor in the Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Systems at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (EPUSP), Brazil, in 1998. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2005. He is currently a researcher of CNPq 1A level in Brazil. He obtained Bachelor and master degree in Mechanical Engineering from EPUSP in 1990 and 1993, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, USA, in 1998. During his Ph.D., he received two awards: Distinguished Achievement Award and Ivor K. McIvor Award. The first award is given in recognition of excellence and academic staff, and the latter in recognition of performance in research.

He specializes in Computational Mechanics, particularly in the application of finite element and topology optimization methods in smart structures and materials, such as piezoelectric actuators and sensors, piezocomposite materials (including functional gradient materials – FGM), energy harvesting devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and flow machines. He was invited as visiting professor at Kyoto University, Japan, in 2003, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. He has published articles in international journals of selective editorial policy, acted as reviewer of international journals, and international conferences, and as ad hoc consultant for international funding agencies such as NSF (USA), NRF (South Africa), and ISF (Israel). Author has participated regularly in symposia and conferences around the world, also with publication of articles. He has served as a member of the scientific committee, has organized oral sessions, and has given keynote lectures and plenary talks at several international conferences.

Author was the “Chair” of the congress “ISMM&FGM2014”, SP, Brazil. He participated as a panelist in the Panel of Experts for Proposals on the Mechanics of Materials (MoM-X) 2010 program of the NSF USA and was a voting member in the “Frontier Ideas” meeting panel to decide on potential topics for the ” Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI-2011) “, USA. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Mechanics Research Communications (MRC). In 2016, he was co-editor of the special edition “Recent Advances in Multiscale, Multifunctional and Functionally Graded Materials” of the MRC journal.