A graduate in Hydraulic Engineering, class 1988, from the Technical University of Milan and winner of the Noseda Prize as the best graduate in his degree course, he completed his PhD in Environmental Engineering at the same university in 1991. Between 1995 and 2000 he acted as Assistant Professor at the University of Trento, subsequently becoming an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the same university, where he now teaches Solid Waste Treatment, Integrated Waste Management, Waste Management in Developing Countries. Winner of the Ambrogino d’Oro Award in 2006 (Municipality of Milan). He is author and co-author of over 300 technical scientific papers published in Italy and abroad. His fields of operation include: biodegradable fraction of waste, thermal treatments, separate collection, wastewater treatment, eutrophication of lakes, pollution.
Graduated in Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (careers in energy and economy), she got a PhD in Energy Engineering and a PhD in Environmental Engineering in Romania and in Italy respectively. She received two international awards for the results achieved in her researches (mostly focused on biomass and waste valorisation and on human exposure minimization to air pollutants). In 2013 she obtained the scientific national qualification in Italy as associate professor in environmental and sanitary engineering (lasting 6 years). Presently she is contract professor at the Insubria University, Italy.