Dr. Dugnani specializes in mechanical engineering and mechanics, with particular interest in consumer products, analysis of the mechanical failure of brittle materials, and structural health monitoring. His experience includes design of bio-medical devices, manufacture of piezoelectric sensors for biomedical applications, and development of damage detection diagnostics on plate-like and fuselage structures. Currently Dr. Dugnani is an invited Foreign Expert and Associate Researcher in the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute where he lectures and researches on the topics of Advance Structural Analysis and Mechanics of Materials. Prior to working at UM-SJTU JI, Dr. Dugnani worked at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, contributing to the development and manufacture of novel MEMS devices for biomedical applications. He also worked as a Project Engineer at Parkinson Machinery & Manufacturing, where he designed, drafted, and oversaw the manufacture of industrial size winder and web handler prototypes for an international market.