|Professor Giuseppe Rega was
born in 1946 in Rome, Italy, where he was educated, graduated from the
University of Rome as a structural engineer in 1970, and staffed his scientific
career. Subsequently he moved to the University of L'Aquila, Italy, where
he became Associate Professor in 1983 and Full Professor of Structural
Mechanics in 1986. Therein, he also iniziated and directed for six years
the Department of Structure, Water and Soil Engineering, occupied several
leading academic positions at both Engineering Faculty and University levels,
and established an internationally well-reputed Nonlinear Dynamics Group.
Previous scientific interests of Professor Rega were mainly concerned with structural mechanics and earthquake engineering. Since the eighties, he was mostly involved with problems in nonlinear and chaotic dynamics, and with the relevant applications in applied mechanics and engineering. Great effort was devoted to bring these themes to the attention of the structural mechanics community, both in Italy and outside of it, and to bridge the gap existing in the field between the achievements obtained by the mathematical community and the yet unexpressed potentiality of the relevant phenomena in engineering applications. Professor Rega is in the forefront in the field of applications of nonlinear and chaotic dynamics to solid and structural mechanics, where he has organized two international colloquia (L'Aquila, 1992 and 1994), has edited special issues of several scientific journals, and has given general lectures in international conferences.