Guido Buresti obtained a Master in Aeronautical Engineering in 1973 and carried out all his academic and scientific career at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Pisa, where he was appointed Professor of Fluid Dynamics in 1994. His research interests span from the development of techniques for the acquisition and processing of velocity signals, to the experimental study of coaxial jets or the theoretical analysis of the gas-particle flows of explosive volcanic eruptions. However, his main contributions concern the aerodynamics of bluff bodies and its applications in various areas of engineering. His interest in this field started with his involvement in the solution of the problems caused by the alternate shedding of vortices in the wakes of submerged pipelines. He then pursued the study of the flow around different types of bluff bodies, with the objective of connecting the aerodynamic forces with characteristic features of their wakes. Since 1990 a significant part of his activity has been dedicated to the aerodynamic design of high-performance cars in collaboration with Ferrari Auto, where many of his former students are now working.
He has been teaching different courses in the field of Fluid Dynamics for more than 35 years, always receiving high-level evaluations from his students. Their encouragement and the recognition of the need for an innovative approach to the teaching of fluid dynamics led him to commit himself to writing a new textbook: Elements of Fluid Dynamics, published by Imperial College Press.
He is associate editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures and a member of the Board of Directors of the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhodes-St-Genèse (Belgium). He loves classical music, specially Bach and Mozart, and he sang as a bass in a polyphonic choir for more than 25 years.
Elements of Fluid Dynamics