Paolo Boccotti


Emeritus Professor of Ocean Engineering

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Paolo Boccotti (1952) is emeritus professor of ocean engineering at the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, where he was professor since 1986; since 2016 he is emeritus professor. Here, he and his students have built the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory NOEL, which is the first to operate in the field rather than in the laboratory tanks. This laboratory exploits some exceptionally favourable characteristics of the sea off the eastern coast of the Straits of Messina.

Highlights of his career include him founding the university’s School of Marine Engineering and the NOEL laboratory for small-scale field experiments from scratch. Boccotti has authored over 30 papers for prestigious journals such as Ocean Engineering, the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Meccanica.

He has been member of the board that gave the Italian rules for the design of breakwaters, and of the board of examiners of the big project for the defence of the Venice Lagoon.

Boccotti is author of the books “Wave Mechanics for Ocean Engineering” Elsevier Science, 2000 (496 pages), “Idraulica Marittima” UTET 1997 (522 pages), “REsonant Wave Energy Converter”, Ed. Bios, 2004 (117 pp.) and

“Wave Mechanics and Wave Loads on Marine Structures”, BH Elsevier, 2015 (344 pp.).