History and success story

History and success story

A PhD School was established in the field of Industrial Engineering since the very first activation of PhD in Italy (1984).

At University of Florence  (UNIFI) there were active groups both in the Department of Energy Engineering, and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2012 the two Departments merged following the UNIFI policy of aggregation, and the PhD School was unified in the field of Industrial Engineering.

Since many years we are able to host a number of 10-20 new PhD candidates, the majority of them through sponsored fellowships or participation in research projects or industrial contract research grants.

Many of our former PhD candidates have exemplary success stories: several of them are University Professors (in Italy or abroad), or Research Scientists in distinguished research institutions worldwide.

A relevant number of them occupies leadership positions in industrial partners, both in Italy and other European countries.

The PhD in Industrial Engineering at UNIFI is proud of its tradition  in industry/research co-operation. Moreover, we have strong international links with other Universities and wordlwide companies and have a tradition of excellence in research.

The PhD course is articulated in four curricula:


1.Energy and Innovative Industrial and Environmental Technologies

Prof. Adriano Milazzo

2.Design and development of Industrial Products and Processes

Prof. Dario Vangi

3.Industrial Engineering and Reliability

Prof. Filippo De Carlo

4.Science and Engineering of Materials

Prof. Andrea Caneschi


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