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Industrial Engineering



Francesca Di Puccio
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Department of Ingegneria civile e industriale


Overview and objectives of the PhD course

The training project of the PhD course in Industrial Engineering is organized in three years. Generally, the training is concentrated in the first two years, leaving the third year to the completion of the research and the writing of the thesis. It includes both compulsory and optional activities: courses organized specifically for students of the PhD in Industrial Engineering are mandatory, while other more specific courses / seminars / workshops are optional. In consideration of the breadth and variety of the topics covered in the five curricula in which the Doctorate is articulated, the training path common to all PhD students is focused on transversal topics useful for their research and yet missing in the degree programs. For example, in the last few years courses on optimization problems, management of aspects of uncertainty in data and measurements, statistics, programming elements have been of particular interest. The courses are defined each year on the basis of student requests and the availability of teachers. Verification of learning in these courses is done through application examples, often relating to specific research. Academic English courses are also required to improve article writing and conference presentations.
Each PhD student can integrate her/his training with other courses, not only among those organized by the University but also attending Summer Schools, national/international workshops, useful for the research. The experience abroad is also part of the training, which is strongly encouraged by the doctorate, also facilitated by the numerous international collaborations of the members of the college. Internationalization is also promoted by encouraging participation in international congresses and workshops, which contribute to the dissemination of research but also allow a comparison with experts and encourage the creation of contacts and networks for research.
Finally, PhD students are also encouraged to complete their training on other aspects related to entrepreneurship, innovation, the so-called "soft skills", seizing the opportunities offered by the University of Pisa with the ContaminatonLab. The individual training plan of each PhD student, as well as the research plan, is defined in agreement with her/his supervisors.

The purpose of the Doctoral Program in Industrial Engineering is to train highly qualified experts, certainly competent in the specific field of the research object of their doctoral course but at the same time trained to know how to focus and deal with complex problems, including multidisciplinary ones, both in the industrial and research fields. The objective of the course is therefore twofold:
1. The achievement of results relevant to scientific research, as the research activity of the PhD student must contribute to the advancement of knowledge and innovation in particular in the technological field;
2. The improvement of post-graduate training, to cover roles of highly qualified experts in universities, research bodies but also companies, etc.
The individual training and research plan of each PhD student is defined by her/his supervisors in order to guide and support her/him in achieving these objectives, with the support of the teaching staff.
As regards the research activity, the PhD Program, given the number and variety of skills present in the college with its five curricula (Aerospace Engineering, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Safety, Engineering of Land Vehicles and Transport Systems), can offer PhD students a very broad 'basket' of topics from which to choose the research topic based on their skills and preferences. Thanks to the numerous collaborations with both research institutions and companies, PhD students can be involved important projects at national and international level. In many cases they are also able to combine a theoretical or simulation activity with a practical / experimental one, thanks to the numerous laboratories present in the DICI and in the University.
To achieve the first objective, scientific results are generally presented at conferences and must be worthy of at least one publication in a qualified journal, possibly with an Open Science approach.
The second objective, namely the improvement of the training of doctoral students, is achieved thanks to courses specifically organized for them by the course itself or by other courses / seminars / workshops identified at the University or in other locations. Over the years, each curriculum has selected a series of opportunities for expanding skills on specific subjects, increased in recent years by the numerous courses available at a distance.
Language skills are supported by two English courses of the University Interdepartmental Language Centre. PhD students are also strongly encouraged to carry out part of their activities abroad both for aspects related to research but also for their personal growth.
PhD students have the opportunity to attend the courses and activities of the University's "Contamination lab", aimed at promoting and disseminating the entrepreneurial and innovation culture, the enhancement of own ideas and interdisciplinarity.
At the end of the PhD our students will be able to operate in the research and development of the various sectors of industrial engineering, ranging for example from the design of machines and plants, to aeronautical and space technologies and the development of innovative materials, with regard to aspects of innovation, digitization and environmental sustainability supported by the PNRR.



  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering and Materials
  • Engineering of Vehicles and Transport Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Safety


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