About the Director

Dr. Paolo Feraboli is the founder and current Director of the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL). The “Lambo Lab” was based at the University of Washington campus from 2007 to 2013, but since January 2014 it exists as a stand-alone Non-Profit Organization (NPO) in Seattle, Washington.  The ACSL is responsible for the development of all CFRP technologies and BIW concepts at Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A.

Dr. Feraboli is also the Founder and CEO of Gemini Composites, LLC., a design firm that focuses on product development, including prototyping and production, utilizing Forged Composite technology.  Products delivered to date include the Automobili Lamborghini Sesto Elemento monocoque and suspension control arms, the Callaway Diablo Octane and Razr Hawk golf drivers, and the Union FC snowboard binding.  Other customers of Gemini include the COMAC C919 program, the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk program, Volvo Cars, Honda Cars North America, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Nike Apparel, Mitsubishi Rayon, Quantum Composites, and MR Collection/Looksmart.

Since May 2013, Dr. Feraboli is also a Research Professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan.

Previously, between 2005 and 2013, Dr. Feraboli was Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington (UW), where he graduated 3 Ph.D. and 12 Master’s students with Thesis.  In the same time frame, Dr. Feraboli has authored over 30 archival journal publications and presented over 80 conference papers. Dr. Feraboli received over $4 Million in external research funding for various research projects while at the UW, mainly from Lamborghini, Boeing, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  While at UW, he also worked in the Boeing 787 Technology Integration group as a liaison with the Structural Methods and Allowables group between 2007 and 2008.  In 2004-2005, he was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.  In 2001-2002 he was an Engineering Specialist for Composites at Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in Bologna, Italy.

Dr. Feraboli earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds previous degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.  He is the recipient of the 2010 Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Composites, the 2008 Hayashi Memorial International Award of the Japan Society for Composite Materials, the 2004 ASC Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award, and the 2003 SPE Automotive Division Student Award. He is the founding Chair of the CMH-17 (former MIL-HDBK-17) Working Group on Crashworthiness. He served as Chair of the Durability and Damage Tolerance Technical Division of ASC, and Secretary of the AIAA Materials Technical Committee.


About the Manager

Dr. Bonnie Wade is the Senior Research Engineer and Laboratory Manager at the ACSL. She joined the ACSL in the fall of 2007 as an undergraduate student studying Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 under the doctoral advising of Professor Paolo Feraboli in the ACSL.  Her doctoral research focused on the crashworthiness of composite vehicle structures, which included both experimental characterization and numerical modeling of crash events.  In addition to her role as a research engineer, she is the Laboratory Manager and oversees finances and daily laboratory activities.

Since joining the ACSL, Bonnie has coauthored five journal papers and presented her work at ASC and AIAA conferences, as well as CMH-17 and AMTAS meetings. During her time as a student in the ACSL, she received several awards and scholarships for her research in crashworthiness including a Boeing Fellowship in 2012, the Louis and Katherine Marsh Fellowship in 2010, the Dale and Marjorie Myers Scholarship in 2009, the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award in 2008, and the NASA SURP Grant in 2008.  Bonnie was also the President of the AIAA student chapter for her UW undergraduate class of 2009.