PhD program in Industrial and environmental engineering “Enzo Ferrari”

XXXVI cycle - 2020/2021

Duration 3 years
Position 19 position available - 7 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof. Alberto Muscio
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Nota Two different selection procedures:
- one for 7 positions with scholarship, 3 positions without scholarship, 1 position with a three-year research grant funded on project RIMMEL (Program POR-FESR 2014-2020) and 7 positions reserved to employees of the Companies specified by the Call (industrial doctorate);
- one for 1 position reserved to candidates with scholarship of foreign States.
Admission Expiration date 07/07/2020 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 10/09/2020
Enrollment deadline 21/09/2020 at 15:30:00

Scientific areas

ING-IND/06 (Fluid Dynamic), ING-IND/08 (Fluid Machines), ING-IND/10 (Technical Physics), ING-IND/13 (Applied Mechanics for Machinery), ING-IND/14 (Mechanical Design and Machine Building), ING-IND/15 (Design and Methods for Industrial Engineering), ING-IND/16 (Production Technologies and Systems), ING-IND/21 (Metallurgy),ING-IND/22 (Science and Technology of Materials), ICAR/03 (Environmental and Health Engineering), ICAR/06 (Topography and Cartography), ICAR/08 (Construction Science), CHIM/07 (Foundations of Chemistry for Technologies)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


The course deals with subjects on Mechanical Engineering and Vehicle, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering.
Also in the present XXXVI Cycle, the course is structured in three curricula: the first one has the same name of the entire PhD, the second one is named Vehicle Engineering, the third one is named Industry 4.0. This characterization of the territory responds to a specific need, and in particular industrial interests (local but not exclusively) aimed at deepening the research topics related to design and development of all vehicle components and to modern industrial management from a general point of view.
The educational objectives, common to all students, are: advanced training in the disciplines of the industrial and environmental engineering; education to the scientific and technological research; development of the attitude to international scientific cooperation; ability to interact with the industrial and economical district. The particular “Industry 4.0” curriculum characterizes the transversality of the themes that distinguish the Doctoral School E4E (Engineering for Economics, Economics for Engineering), of which this Course is part.
In particular, the PhD issues fall into the specific areas provided below.
For the Curriculum on Industrial and Environmental Engineering:
- Mechanical Engineering; issues on aspects related to the design of machines and systems, with particular reference to the skills associated with the thermodynamic, structural, technological, and functional aspects, and with thermal and structural optimization of the machines.
- Civil and Environmental Engineering; issues on topics related to seismic design, energy efficiency, dynamics of pollutants, hydraulics, geomatics, waste management, etc..
- Materials Engineering; issues on aspects related to the design and characterization of new and high-performance materials, study of materials and technologies related to Biomechanics and Bioengineering, etc.
For the Curriculum on Vehicle Engineering:
- Issues on all aspects related to the design, optimization and testing of components of the vehicle and of their ensemble.
- Theoretical, numerical and experimental analysis of motor-related issues, chassis, power supply, transmission, etc. Detailed studies on side issues such as vibration, mechanical stress, comfort in the vehicle, etc.
For the Curriculum on Industry 4.0:
- Issues on all industrial aspects of interdisciplinary skills related to Operations and the analysis of industrial costs enabled by the evolved and intensive use of advanced PLM, MES and ERP systems.
- Data analytics and lifecycle management platforms.
- The training and research path will focus on industrial robotics, integrated design and advanced simulation, on the design, development and management of product-process-service platforms enabled by IoT and User Centered Design technologies, on advanced cognitive and intelligent manufacturing systems Based on digital twin, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Further information is available on the Course's website at:


Three years (01/11/2020 - 31/10/2023)


The course venue is at Modena.


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Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed once a year. The admissions will be open in May 2018 (refer to the Calls).

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