University of Palermo - Department of Engineering (Chemical, Management, Computer Science, Mechanical)



The Department of Engineering (Chemical, Management, Computer Science, Mechanical) is a vital and effective structure, which promotes research projects, contributes to the formation of engineering students and young researchers, and is engaged in technology transfer with a constant attention to the territory.

The academic staff consists of 26 Full Professors, 22 Associate Professors and 22 Researchers, a qualified administrative and technical staff, several graduate students, post-doctors and research fellows.

The Department has activated a series of links with various European academic institutions within the frameworks of SOCRATES and ERASMUS students mobility programs.

The Departments hosts PhD courses, with grants funded by the Ministry of Research and, occasionally, with funding from other sources (European projects or collaboration with industries, etc.).

An extensive network of international research collaborations has been established in the last years among post-graduate and academic staff of the Department partnering with prestigious international academic institutions and research centers.

The Department has a cluster of research labs with various facilities to perform characterization of materials and structures, implementation of various stress analysis techniques and non-destructive inspection techniques. Other research facilities include a laboratory for experimental analysis on internal combustion engines and for analysis of power transmission devices, a virtual reality lab, computer human interaction lab, robotics lab, computer vision and image processing and, artificial intelligence lab. Also available are various machine tools, an island of CIM - FMS production technology, profile projectors, metallographic microscope, electronic microscope, interferometer, instrumentation for the determination of the frequency response of structures for analysis and control of random vibrations.

The strong commitment of the Department has allowed in recent years, a steady trend of growth both as regards the number and relevance of research projects, and papers on international journals, prototypes and patents.

The main competences include:

experimental characterization of materials and components, mechanical design with numerical methods, computer-aided design, virtual reality, engine design, applied mechanics, production processes, materials and production systems, quality, logistics operations management, product design, corporate strategy, marketing, business management, innovation and design, characterization and process systems, synthetic electrochemistry, electrochemistry of metals and semiconductors, process control and safety systems, artificial intelligence, robotics, image processing, design of hardware systems.