Ignazio Ciufolini.

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Summary of Curriculum Vitae


1980: Laurea in Mathematics, with thesis in gravitational physics (Magna cum Laude, i.e., with honours), Sapienza, University of Rome.

1984: Ph.D. in Physics, University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D committee: John Archibald Wheeler, Richard Matzner, Steven Weinberg - Nobel prize for physics in 1979 -, Bryce DeWitt, Larry Shepley).

1981: Teaching Assistant, Physics Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

1982-1984: Teaching Assistant, Physics Department. University of Texas at Austin.

1984-1986: Lecturer (Faculty member) and Research Associate, Physics Department and Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Texas at Austin.

1986-1988: Research Associate (Faculty member), Center for Space Research University of Texas at Austin.

1989: Visiting Professor, Physics Department, University of Trento (Italy).

1989-1999: Research Associate, IFSI, CNR (National Research Council of Italy), Frascati (Rome).

1996-2008: Visiting Professor (Professore a Contratto), Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale, Sapienza, University of Rome.

1999-present: Associate Professor of General Physics (Professore associato confermato), of “Fisica Sperimentale” FIS/01), University of Salento, Lecce.

1998-present: Principal Investigator for the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and INFN, of the satellite and space experiment LARES (LAser RElativity Satellite). LARES has been successfully launched by ESA on 13th of February 2012.

2006: “Chiamata per chiara fama”, i.e., full professorship for outstanding scientific achievements, by ”Sapienza” University of Rome (not implemented for lack of funding).

2006-present: Director (with Richard Matzner) of the International School of Astrophysical Relativity “John Archibald Wheeler” (Ettore Majorana Centre, Erice) and director (2006) of the first course on “Gravitational Waves, Frame-Dragging and Gravitational Tests”.

2008-present: Principal Investigator for ASI of an advanced international center for high precision orbital determination and analysis of Earth satellites (ISTARC).

2009-present: Chairman of the International LARES Science Workshops: 2009, 2012 and 2015.

2011-2013: Principal Investigator of the Italian-German project “Space Tests of General RElativity Using GALileo Constellation (REGAL)”, winner of a European Space Agency call for proposals.

2012-present: Member of the experts of Centro Fermi - Enrico Fermi Historical Museum of Physics and Study and Research Centre (Rome, Italy).

2014: Habilitation Full professor (Abilitazione Professore Ordinario) of “Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions” (FIS/01).

2017-present: Principal Investigator for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) of the satellite and space experiment LARES II (LAser RElativity Satellite II). LARES II will be launched by the Europea Space Agency (ESA) in 2019/2020.