Antonio Pedivellano

Graduate Student

Antonio joined the Space Structures Lab in 2017, after receiving a Master’s degree in Space Engineering from Caltech. He also received a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 (both summa cum laude) from University of Palermo, Italy.

He is a former research visiting student at Northwestern University, where he worked with Prof. Horacio Espinosa and Prof. Ivano Benedetti on the numerical modeling and fracture simulation of bioinspired materials and graphene-based nanocomposites.

At Caltech, he worked on the structural design of the deployable antenna system for the Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST). He is also involved in the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) project, contributing to the design and analysis of the deployment.


  • Benedetti I., Soler-Crespo R.A., Pedivellano A., Gao W., Espinosa H.D., “A continuum damage model for functionalized graphene membranes based on atomistic simulations”, 16th International Conference on Fracture and Damage Mechanics, Florence, Italy, 2017