The very first time in my life that I got in touch with engineering was a 7 years old with my first LEGO building. Since then, the passion for applied physics and science has been a constant point in my life.
In this section I will tell you a little bit deeper what I studied during the last 10 years.
Scientific High School
In Italy we have to choose our study track at the age of 13, inasmuch as the high school starts the following year. During that time I was lucky enough with my parents encouraging me to follow my passion. This is how i enrolled for the scientific high school Liceo Scientfico S.Lorenzo in Novara, a catholic school full of opportunities for science students.
In fact for the best students of the Physics' course it was possible to use the laboratories and tackle with some experimental physics: general mechanics, simple fluid mechanics, electricity and electrostatic experiments... we had a lot of fun with our Physics professor Don Franco Erbea. He was one of the most inspiring figure I have ever met.Sadly today he's not living with us anymore and I miss him a lot.
During this period I participated to the Physics Olympics, winning the round of my hometown, Novara.
Five years later my experience with science in the high school reached its top when I designed and built a circuit for a Theremin: that was my diploma final project.
My experience with high school ended with my diploma score of 97/100 (Grade A) and a bunch of wonderful memories. It was a time of wild scientific experimentation, something that is still of great inspiration even today.
During the last year of high school I took the decision to enrol for the Politecnico di Milano, that, standing to international university evaluation standards, is the most advanced technical university in Italy.
I took the admission test on April, 2 months before my diploma, and I was selected for the Bachelor of Science. By that time I was experiencing a strange situation: I was firmly sure I wanted to study engineering, but I couldn't decided what kind of engineering.
In the end, it was a long night at the end of August, I chose for Aerospace Engineering, just because I really like air planes.
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
During the time of my Bachelor of Science degree I had the chance to build my knowledge in aerospace engineering upon firm scientific base. In fact the first part of my courses track was focused mainly on pure mathematics and physics, while the following block of courses was dedicated to the classic themes of aerospace engineering: fluid dynamics, propulsion and flight mechanics.
This is a brief list of the courses I attended in the field of science fundamentals:
- Calculus and geometry (1 and 2)
- Numerical analysis
- Methods of technical representation
- Experimental physics
- Theoretical mechanics
- Circuits and electronics
- Thermodynamics and heat transfer
- Automatic controls
- Physics of waves
- Structural mechanics
- Fluid dynamics
This is the set of courses dedicated to the aerospace track:
- Fundamentals of aerospace engineering
- Aerospace Systems
- Dynamics of aerospace systems
- Aerospace technologies and materials
- Aerospace propulsion
- Flight mechanics
- Principles of aerospace experimentation
During these years I developed several academic projects in the field of aerospace engineering which concurred, together with the scores of tests, in determining the final graduation mark of 98/110 (ECTS grade B).
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
At the end of bachelor degree I felt I needed to change a little bit my engineering destination since my interest in the aerospace matter vanished a little bit.
Fortunately, at the same time, I discovered that my true passion was for mechanical design and robotics. So after a semester dedicated to work experience, I enrolled for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
The Master of Science saw the first block of courses dedicated to general topics of Mechanical Engineering:
- Control and actuating devices for mechanical systems
- Applied metallurgy
- Energy Systems
- Manufacturing Technology
- Advanced Machine Design
- Mechanical Systems Dynamics
- Configuration and Management of Production Systems
Then I had to chose the courses for my major: I decided to follow the Virtual Prototyping track with specialization in Advanced Structural design. I attended the following courses:
- Virtual prototyping
- Modelling the mechanical behaviour of materials (course composed by two sub courses: Design methodologies with advanced materials and Advanced FEA)
- Contact-less shape measurements
- Experimental mechanics and NDT (Non Destructive Tests)
- Technology forecasting and researching future
My experience in the Master of Science has been really fruitful: I had the opportunity to complete advanced studies and application for my favourite subjects. I approached the research methodology and, in the end, I discovered the pleasure of discovery.
To sum up, at the end of my experience with graduate studies, I can look at what I earned from my experience: a cutting edge knowledge in the field of structural mechanics, mechanical design, robotics, haptics and computer vision.