Felice Arena is Professor of Ocean Engineering at the ‘Mediterranea’ University of Reggio Calabria (Italy). He is also Director of the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory - NOEL (www.noel.unirc.it).
His fields of interest for the research activity include: mechanics of random sea waves; statistical properties of nonlinear random waves (short-term statistics); long-term statistics for the prediction of severe storms; coastal processes; random forces of sea waves on marine structures; offshore engineering; wave energy converters; wind energy offshore.
He has published more than 200 papers in international journals (‘Journal of Geophysical Research’, ‘Journal of Physical Oceanography’, ‘Journal of Fluid Mechanics’, ‘Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society of London’, ‘Renewable Energy’, ‘Coastal Engineering’, ’Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences’, ‘Ocean Modelling’, ‘Energies’, ‘Physics of Fluids’, ‘International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics’, ‘European Journal of Mechanics’, ‘Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics’, ‘Ocean Engineering’, ASCE ‘Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering’, ‘Engineering Structures’, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, ‘Mathematical Problems in Engineering’, ‘Wind and Structures’, ‘International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering’, ‘Journal of Coastal Research’, ‘Applied Ocean Research’, ASME ‘Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering’, ‘Il Nuovo Cimento’, ‘Wind Engineering’), books and conference proceedings. He has advised over ninety undergraduate and MS graduate students. He was mentoring of 17 graduated PhD students and has been advising 3 PhD students in Ocean Engineering. Then he was mentoring of 8 Post-Doc students.
He is Member of the Scientific Committee for the Structures. Safety And Reliability Symposium at the “Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OOAE) Division” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME. He has served in the scientific committees of many national and international conferences.
He has been participating to EERA, European Energy Research Alliance, Joint Programme On Marine Renewable Energy. He is Senior Member, in the PIANC (Bruxelles), of the Working Group “Renewable Energy for Maritime Ports” (159) (since 2012).
Since March 2009 he is the Director of the NOEL laboratory, for small scale field experiments. The lab was founded by Paolo Boccotti, of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, and it is located by the seashore of Reggio Calabria (www.noel.unirc.it).
He is in the Editorial Board of “Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics”, "Mathematical Problems in Engineering",“Disaster Advances” and is Associate Editor of "ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering". He is Chair of the Ph.D. in ‘Civil and Environmental Engineering and Safety’ at the ‘Mediterranea’ University of Reggio Calabria, since 2003.
He won the “OMAE 2011 SSR Best paper Award”, by American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME (USA), OOAE, for the paper “Space-Time Extremes in Sea Storms” written with F. Fedele (GeorgiaTech, USA) and M.A. Tayfun (Kuwait University), presented at conference OMAE of Rotterdam.
He has participated in about 10 research projects. The most important supported by European Union under FP7 (Marie Curie IRSES actions), TEN-T programme, Horizon 2020, and at national level by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, in the National Operational Programme PON for Research and Competitiveness, for a total amount of about 30 millions of euro.
He is Scientific Coordinator of the EU project “LARGE MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORMS FOR EXPLOITING RENEWABLE ENERGY IN OPEN SEAS”, supported by Marie Curie action FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES. This project involves: Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy); University of Liverpool (UK); Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, (Portugal); Rice University, Houston (Texas, USA); Columbia University, New York (USA); Indian Institute of Technology of Madras (India).
He founded WAVENERGY.IT, which is a limited company established for developing devices for producing electrical power from oceans (www.wavenergy.it). In 2010 the company has been recognized as Spin Off of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy). For this Spin-Off, F. Arena is Scientific Supervisor of the Civitavecchia Project, an Italian port in which a 650m breakwater with a REWEC3 device for absorbing wave energy has been building: it is one of the biggest in the world for exploitation of wave energy.
Since 2003 he is a member of the High Counsel of Public Works, in Rome (Italy), at the Department of Public Works. Here he reviewed a large number of projects concerning harbours projects in Italy.
Since 2012, Felice Arena is a member of the National Commission for Forecasting and Preventing Major Risks (Rome, Italy), which is the connecting structure between the National Service of Civil Protection and the scientific Community, in Italy.