The Ph.D. course in Innovation Industrial Engineering consists in two different curricula: Engineering Management and Mechatronics and Energy Engineering respectively. Both curricula share a strong orientation toward innovation processes.
The curriculum in Engineering Management focuses on complex systems integration processes, both from a technical and managerial perspectives. The need for integration is triggered by multiple causes: increased technological complexity of products and services; globalization and delocalization and outsourcing strategies; the emergence of new network organizational structures. The consequences on production processes are: shortened products life cycles, integrated supply chain, smaller production lots, the need for more sophisticated managerial control systems. The curriculums main topics are: design of flexible production systems, design of intra and inter organizational processes, resources and production planning, logistics and supply chain, organizational control, knowledge management, network of firms, management of information flows enabled by new information and communication technologies (ICT).
The curriculum in Mechatronics and Energetic Engineering focuses on strategic research areas in the fields of innovative Mechatronics devices and systems, and of technologies for energy generation and delivery and for energy efficiency. The fundamental and applied research areas dedicated to the integration of different technologies to realize innovative Mechatronics devices and systems, and to develop technologies for high energy efficient systems are crucial in the international scientific research scenario. In addition, these research areas have a strong impact on the economic industry. In details, the above mentioned curriculum will deal with topics related to the development of smart Mechatronics materials, the fluid power, the development of industrial electronic systems and devices, the control and the optimization of production and robotic systems, the power generation from renewable energy sources, the high efficiency energy conversion and delivery, the analysis and monitoring of the impact on the environment through wireless sensor networks, the impact of human factor on the product design.