Riccardo Pietrabissa (1956) is Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering since 2001 and Rector of the IUSS University School of Pavia since 2019. From 1990 to 2019 he was a Professor at the Politecnico di Milano where he founded the Laboratory of Mechanics of Biological Structures (LaBS) in 2000, the patent office and the technology transfer office (2002) and was Deputy Vice Rector at the Polo di Lecco (2005-2010).
At the National Research Council CNR he was Director of the ICT Department and of the Production Systems Department (2011-2012), member and subsequently Vice President of the Scientific Council. He contributed to the foundation of Netval (2002), the Association of Universities and Research Bodies for the enhancement of research, of which he was President until 2013. Since 2016 he has been President of the Eucentre Foundation in Pavia.