Carla Grandori, MD, PhD
Daughter of Carlo Grandori, Dr. Carla Grandori is: the Director of the Quellos High Throughput Screening Core, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington and an Affiliate Investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. She is considered a leading expert on the function of the MYC oncogene present in many types of cancers.
Dr. Grandori obtained her research doctorate at Rockefeller University in New York (1989) after her degree in Medicine and General Surgery at the University of Rome (1982). She continued her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
During her 2-year employment at the pharmaceutical company Rosetta Inpharmatics, a former subsidiary of Merck, Dr. Grandori worked with the new High Throughput Screening Technology (HTS). She now directs the Quellos Center at the University of Washington and a research lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center focused on neuroblastoma and ovarian cancer.
Marisa Bruno Grandori
Married to Carlo Grandori in the 50s, she was with him till their 50th anniversary, the day before Carlo's death in 2002. After graduating in Pharmacy at the University of Genoa, Marisa raised a family and followed Carlo on his business trips all over the world. She taught her children her values, loyalty, honesty and generosity. Marisa continues to support with enthusiasm and generosity her children's projects and the work of the Carlo Grandori Foundation.
Daughter of Carlo Grandori she graduated in English and Modern English Literature at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) with a thesis on John Keats's poetry. She is currently an English teacher at a Middle School in Pomezia, near Rome, where she is always striving to find new and more effective methods to help her students reach proficiency.
Clotilde loves to cook, dance and ski and most of all loves life, like Carlo, who always encouraged and supported her interests and passions.
President of SELI, tunnel construction company
Born in 1960 Remo graduated in 1984 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) with a thesis on tunnel boring machinery (TBM). Since 1984 he has been working at SELI, initially as a TBM engineer and project manager on various TBM sites all over the world. In 1989 he became SELI's Managing Director and then in 2002 he became its President.
During his 25 years in SELI Remo has supervised over 100 TBM projects and 700 km of tunnel excavated all around the world. Just to mention few of them: Whanjazhai Yellow River Diversion Project (China), Evinos tunnel (Greece), Metro projects in Turin, Rome, Vancouver, Caracas, S. Paolo, Oporto, Athens, Thessaloniki, New York. During the same period Mr. Grandori has consulted several public and private Clients for tunnel projects, either during design stage as well as during project execution. Under its direction SELI has developed several new technologies and new TBM designs.
Luca Grandori (1946–2012)
A professional journalist since 1971, Luca Grandori held degrees in political science and communications. Specializing in design and production of magazines, newspapers, books, web communications and so forth, he worked extensively with Italian publishers Rizzoli, Mondadori and Gruppo Class. Lately he was Senior Communications Editor at the Touring Club Italiano.
As a consultant with Ferrari, Luca was also active in organizing international automotive events, typically associated with charities and benefits for nonprofit organizations and foundations.
Giuseppe Grandori (1921–2011)
Professor Emeritus at the Milan Polytechnic, where he had held a chair of Structural Mechanics (Scienza delle Costruzioni) from 1962 to 1991, he left in countless former students, and in many younger colleagues, indelible memories as an educator, a civil engineer and a researcher. Professor Grandori served as IAEE (International Association of Earthquake Engineering) President from 1988 to 1992, as Vice President from 1969 to 1973, and as Director from 1973 to 1980 and 1984 to 1988. He also was a key scientific organizer of the Rome WCEE in 1973.
Professor Grandori pioneered the introduction of modern Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology in Italy. In the early 1960s, he established at the Milan Polytechnic an International Centre focusing on these disciplines, which attracted young engineers and researchers from many countries. His research, widely published on prestigious international scientific journals, greatly contributed to topics such as the reliability of seismic hazard models and the choice of acceptable seismic risks. These studies provided important guidelines for the drafting in 1980 of the Italian Seismic Code and for many reconstruction projects after Italian earthquakes. The vitality of his mind led him to work and publish till the very last months of his life. Professor Grandori’s scientific contributions have been awarded the highest recognitions by the Italian Government.
Carlo Grandori (1911–2002)
Carlo Grandori was born in Padua, Italy on June 9, 1911, the first of four children. His parents Remo and Luigia Grandori were both scientists. Remo was a Professor of Entomology at the University of Padua and then in Milan. In addition to working closely with her husband, Luigia was a biology teacher. Inspired by the sciences, and especially evolutionary theory, they named their first son Carlo Galileo, after Charles Darwin and Galileo Galilei.
In 1950, after graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from the Milan Polytechnic, Carlo secured a small loan and founded SELI, a company specializing in underground tunnel construction. His first employees were very young but very talented, and many of them worked at SELI their entire life.
In the 1960s Carlo became aware of tunnel boring machines (TBM) which he realized could be more effective and far safer than the extremely dangerous explosives that were the industry standard. In 1969, for the first time in Italy, SELI adopted TBM excavating techniques for the 5 km tunnel at Brasimone, transforming his entire field.
Carlo Grandori subsequently collaborated with a pioneer of TBM engineering, Dick Robbins, of the Robbins Company in Seattle to develop machinery suitable for the rugged European terrain. In 1972 the collaborators produced the first double-shield telescopic TBM, the type that came to be employed in a wide range of projects including the Channel Tunnel.
In 2011, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth, his family honored the memory of Carlo Grandori, celebrating his love of life, his achievements, and his generosity which gave rise to the Carlto Grandori Foundation.