Mattia Cavanna, VP of the New Business Initiatives Unit at Finmeccanica, to join CCLS as a Visiting Scholar

Mattia Cavanna

It is with great pleasure that Mattia Cavanna, Vice President of the New Business Initiatives Unit within the Strategy, Business Development and Innovation Department of Finmeccanica, Italy’s second largest conglomerate, will be joining CCLS as a Visiting Scholar during several weeklong visits in 2014. Finmeccanica’s subsidiary, Selex ES, is funding the Research & Development of version 2 of CCLS’s Total Property Optimizer, the ‘brain’ within Di-BOSS, the world’s first Digital Building Operating System, which in turn is a 3-way partnership among Columbia, Selex and Rudin Management, among the top owner/operators of commercial skyscrapers in New York City.

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Mattia’s main role at Finmeccanica is to develop innovative business solutions and partnerships that, by leveraging the Group’s worldwide technology portfolio and knowhow in the Aerospace, Defense & Security sectors, can address emerging markets like smart energy, sustainable mobility, Earth observation, natural resources management and urban security. In 2011 he forged and launched Finmeccanica’s ‘Planet Inspired Solutions’ offering addressing sustainability related challenges. In May 2013, the Selex team led by Mattia was awarded the Group Innovation Award for their performance in our New York Smart Skyscraper Project in New York City with CCLS and Rudin Management.

Mattia graduated from the Milan Engineering Polytechnic School in 1996. His educational and business skills in innovation and sustainability took him to actively participate in research projects and dissemination initiatives of the Aspen Institute (he was nominated Aspen Junior Fellow in 2004), of the World Energy Council, of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, and of the Major’s Office in Rome. In 2008 he was selected for the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program and in 2009 he took part to the Young Leaders Program sponsored by the Council for the United States and Italy. Before joining Finmeccanica, he worked for seven years for the Accenture as a Manager in the Resources, Energy and Utilities Strategy Unit, where he helped design and implement major multi-year change-programs for leading international industry players.

Roger Anderson, PI of the Smart Skyscrapers Project at CCLS said of Mattia’s visit: “visiting CCLS as a Scholar conveys our great respect for your knowledge and background, and a deep belief that our scientists, engineers, and students will benefit greatly from your visits to our Center”.

Mattia said of his coming visits to CCLS: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to share experiences and thoughts with professors, researchers and students at Columbia University. We will be investigating together the many ways we live and work in our buildings and sites, how security and sustainability related challenges converge, and how new information technologies may shape future societies. It will surely be a rewarding experience”.