Ettore Antona
22 June 1931 13 January 2009

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Prof. Ettore Antona

Scientific Qualifications and Curriculum

  • Born in Genova (Italy), 22/06/1931.
  • Graduated in Mechanical Engineering, Università di Genova, 1954.
  • Graduated in Aeronautical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 1956. 
  • Correspondent Member of the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino.
  • Awarded the title of "Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica" with Presidental Decree, 2nd June 1987.
  • Former post-tenured Professor at the First Engineering Faculty of Politecnico di Torino.
  • Dean of Faculty at Politecnico di Torino from 1st November 2005 until 31st October 2006.
  • Qualified Professor of Aicraft Design at Politecnico di Torino since 1970.
  • Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Aerospatial Engineering of Politecnico di Torino since its inception.
  • Former Tenured Professor of Aeronautical and Missile Technology Design at the Engineering Faculty of Politecnico di Torino.
  • Former Tenured Professor of Aircraft Design at the same Faculty.
  • Former Professor of Aerospace Systems Design at the same Faculty.
  • Former Professor of Foundations of Aeronautical and Space Systems at the same Faculty.
  • Former Director of the Institute of Aircraft Design (currently Department of Aeronautical and Space Engineering) of Politecnico di Torino.
  • Former Director of the School of Aerospatial Engineering of Politecnico di Torino.
  • Former President of the Graduation Commitee for the Degree in Aeronautical Engineering of Politecnico di Torino.
  • Former Member of the Engineering and Architecture Committee of the Italian National Research Council (C.N.R.) (from 1977 for two four-years periods).
  • Former President of the Technical Commitee of the Italian Aeronautical Registry (from 1980 to 1987), top-level technical Authority at the time responsible for the security of aeronautical contructions in Italy (currently ENAC, National Agency for Civil Aviation).
  • Former Member of the Panel on Structures and Materials of the AGARD Advisory Group for Aerospace Research Development.
  • Former Member of the Space Research Comittee of C.N.R. (1977/78).
  • Former president of the Space Research Commission of C.N.R. (1979/80).
  • Former ad interim Director of the Space Activities Service of C.N.R. (1979/80), position which along with the previous mentioned one subsequently evolved, with increased responsibilities, into the presidentship of the Italian Space Agency.
  • Registered as Professional Engineer in the province of Torino until 2002.

Prevalent Scientific Interests

  • Aircraft and Space Vehicles Design, Security and Reliability in Aerospace, Structural Theory, Mechanics of Continuous Deformability.
  • Author of more than 130 publications - articles, presentations at national and international Congresses and Conferences in the above-mentioned domains.

Other relevant activities

  • President (for few years) of the Commission for Tenures of the Engineering Faculty of Politecnico di Torino.
  • President of the Commission for the establishment of the PhD Programmes of the Engineering Faculty of Politecnico di Torino.
  • Consultant of national and international institutions in the aerospace field, member of evaluation comittees of international aerospace projects.
  • Lecturing of post-graduate courses in the PhD Programme of Politecnico di Torino on the following topics: probability calculus and statistic theory, critique of scientific research, theory of models and simulations, uncertainty and inference.


Positions which have not led to significant outcomes have been omitted (e.g.: Interministerial Committe for the Coordination of Space Activities).


Note by Margherita Antona: Another omission concerns collaborations with industry, in particular Aeritalia (previosly Fiat Aviazione and currently Alenia Aeronautica).