Riccardo grew up in Arce, a small village in southern Lazio (Italy), and he attended classical studies in Sora, due to his passionate interest in history, and archeology. Soon after, he got a BSc in Aerospace Engineering in 2011 and a MSc with full marks in Aeronautical Engineering in March 2014, both at Sapienza University of Rome. He got the title of Doctor Europeaus (PhD) in Industrial and Management Engineering, after a three-year research project (2014-2017) concluded defending the thesis: "Developing risk and safety management methods for complex socio-technical systems: From Newtonian reasoning to Resilience Engineering".
During his PhD, Riccardo researched jointly with Lund University (Division of risk management and societal safety) about resilience for complex socio-technical system, both at a theoretical epistemiological level and at operational level, with implications for aircraft cockpit interactions, and maritime operations.
Soon after defending his PhD thesis, he worked as a PhD intern at Eurocontrol Headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) for the Network Mangement Directorate (Network Operations Management - Safety Unit) about modelling airspace safety performance.
Riccardo is currently a PostDoc researcher at Sapienza, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering - Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (since March 2018). His main research interests focus on resilience engineering, risk and safety management for complex socio-technical systems. He is also researching on spare parts management and logistics, in relation to reliability and maintainability engineering. His research activities mainly relate to industrial plants, the Air Traffic Management system, aviation and healthcare practices. He is the coordinator of myFRAM project, an open IT tool developed to support the applicability of non-linear analysis for complex socio-technical systems based on the Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM).
Since 2014/2015 he is an assitant lecturer for the course of Industrial Plants, Operations Management and Quality Management (2015/2016) for the BSc and MSc in Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Sapienza. Since 2015/2016, he acts as a lecturer for the Master "Logistics and Communications Services for complex systems" for the Faculty of Information Engineering, Informatics and Statistics of Sapienza University. Since 2016/2017 he also had a guest lecturer role at Lund University for the BSc and MSc in the risk engineering area. Since 2018/2019 he is adjunct professor of Industrial Plants in the BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Sapienza.
He authored and co-authored about 40 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings. He acts as a reviewer for more than 20 journals in the area of engineering, decision sciences, business, management and accounting (among them: Reliability Engineering & System Safety; Safety Science; PLOS One, Sustainability, Entropy). He acts as Editor for the journal Cogent Engineering (Taylor & Francis), and as a member of the editorial board of Journal of Safety Studies (Macrothink). Currently gues editor for Complexity (Hindawi) and Sustainability (MDPI).
In July 2018, he got the National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) in "Industrial Systems Engineering".
In Febraury 2019, Riccardo has been listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, in the category "science and healthcare". In April 2019, he has been nominated as one of the 100 italian young leaders of future in the category "science" by Forbes Italia.