Biography
Gennaro Senatore is a scientist and engineer specialized in structural mechanics and optimization, structural control and computational design. He works as a scientist at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He previously worked as a postdoctoral scientist at University College London and as the Head of computational design & research at London-based practice Expedition Engineering.

Gennaro Senatore holds an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from University College London. Previously, he was awarded with distinction an MSc in Computing and Design from University of East London School of Architecture, Computing and Civil Engineering in 2009 and an MSc in Emergent Technologies from The Architectural Association (London) in 2008. He graduated in mechanical engineering MEng (Hons) at Federico II University (Naples, Italy) in 2006.  

Work Accomplished
Gennaro Senatore’s work uniquely combines structural optimization and control with sustainability in construction:

  • He developed new integrated structure-control optimization methods to design load-bearing adaptive civil structures that have significantly improved performance as well as reduced material and energy requirements compared with conventional passive structural systems. Solutions produced by these methods are strategically equipped with sensors and actuators to counteract the effect of loading and other environmental actions through control of internal forces and structural shape. Gennaro Senatore’s experimental work on adaptive structures has been exhibited internationally.

  • He led the development of a new variable stiffness and damping control device that also functions as a load-transfer component, i.e. adaptive joint. Thermal actuation of adaptive joints enables to change the structure’s natural frequencies and to increase the damping ratio, which can effectively reduce the dynamic response under a wide range of conditions including harmonic loading, earthquakes and pedestrian/vehicular traffic.

  • He co-directed the development of new optimization methods to design structures through component reuse, which enables a significant reduction of environmental impacts (EI) by avoiding the use of new material resources. Solutions produced by these methods make best use of a stock of reclaimed elements (e.g. from demolished structures). The objective is EI minimization through optimization of stock element assignment, structural topology and geometry.

  • He developed an interactive physics engine software to aid teaching in structural mechanics and design. The software, called PushMePullMe, enables interactive manipulation of structural forms to help build an understanding of how structures respond under loading. PushMePullMe has been adopted by many educators worldwide.  

Expertise
Structural Mechanics, Structural Optimization, Computational Design, Generative Design
Integrated Structure-Control Design and Optimization, Active and Semi-Active Structural Control
Programming (Matlab, Java, C#, Python)  

Consultancy Services
Gennaro Senatore provides project-based consultancy. Collaboration inquiries can be sent to gennarosenatore@gmail.com.