Areas of expertise


Dr Maurizio Collu holds a BSc and MSc (Hons 1st) in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a PhD in Dynamics of Marine Vehicles with Aerodynamic Surfaces from Cranfield University. In 2008, he was Research Fellow in Cranfield University, carrying on his research on high speed marine vehicles with aerodynamic surfaces, and he expanded his expertise into offshore hydromechanics applied to floating offshore structures. He was Deputy Director of the Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc course from 2009 to 2010, and in 2010 he became a Lecturer and Course Director of the AME MSc.

Current activities

Dr Collu is the Course Tutor of the 5 MScs in Offshore and Ocean Technology at Cranfield University, and senior lecturer in dynamics of offshore structures, CEng, MRINA, FHEA, MEI.

At Cranfield he is leading the conceptual and preliminary design of offshore support structures for offshore renewable energy devices (mainly wind, tidal).

He had been in charge of the conceptual design of the floating support structure in the £2.8m ETI funded project NOVA, and coordinated the development of a coupled model of dynamics for floating wind turbines for the EU funded FP7 project H2Ocean.

He is now the Principal Investigator on an Innovate UK project, focusing on the conceptual and preliminary design of a novel floating support structure for tidal turbines, and is Co-Investigator in a prestigious 3 year EPSRC project HOME-Offshore, which focuses on merging Artificial Intelligence, Robotic inspection and Advanced Physics Modelling to lower the cost of offshore wind farm maintenance.

He is serving on the ITTC Ocean Engineering Committee from September 2014, he is a member of the Maritime Innovation Committee of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) since January 2017, and he regularly presents his work at international seminar and peer-reviewed conferences on the topic (OMAE, EWEA, ISOPE).

Maurizio sits in the OMAE Ocean Renewable Energy technical committee since 2012. He regularly publishes on the topic on international, peer-reviewed journals (see below), and is reviewer for a number of ocean engineering and energy international journals.

Maurizio is also leading the conceptual and preliminary design of aerodynamically alleviated marine vehicles (AAMV). He has been awarded the prestigious RINA “Calder Prize” for his work in this field, and he published on the Royal Society Proc A journal (doi:10.1098/rspa.2009.0459).

He worked as Principal Investigator and Project Manager for an industry funded project on the conceptual/ preliminary design of an AAMV, and patented a novel trim control mechanism for high speed marine vehicles (Patent GB2472266).


  • ETI
  • EU FP7
  • High speed marine vehicles start-up companies.
  • Renewable energy start-up companies
  • TSB (Innovate UK)


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