Valentina Sumini is an Italian (31 years old) Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Digital Structures Research Group at Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research aims to explore form-finding and structural optimization strategies for deep exploration habitats on extra-planetary surfaces such as the Moon and Mars.
During the AA 2015-16 she was Adjunct Professor at Politecnico di Milano teaching the course Steel, timber and reinforced concrete structures.
In 2014, she completed her Ph.D. at Politecnico di Milano (visiting for almost a year the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago) focused on the structural assessment of historical reinforced concrete high-rise buildings in Milano and Chicago. After the Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Politecnico di Torino, she earned two Master Degrees, Construction and Architecture, in 2010 respectively at Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico di Milano (visiting for a semester the TU Delft for her Erasmus Exchange Program).