Innovation and excellence in environmental engineering
Maccaferri's collaboration with the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano will cover two projects which will be developed by their Laboratory for Agroforestry Engineering and Laboratory for Applied Thermo-Fluid dynamics. Furthermore, Maccaferri will also sponsor the new 2nd level Master course on Green Technologies and Infrastructures.
The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (unibz) is located in one of the most fascinating European regions, at the crossroads between the German-speaking and Italian economies and cultures. The features that make it unique are its trilingualism in teaching and research, and its high level of internationalization.
The first project that we will develop with unibz is Wequal: this will last for two and a half years and will be developed by the Laboratory for Agroforestry Engineering, headed by Prof. Fabrizio Mazzetto, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The project aims to create an online platform to evaluate the environmental impact of hydraulic works. This is an interdisciplinary project which integrates soil bioengineering expertise with advanced engineering in the areas of IT, Remote Sensing and modelling. Wequal’s experimental activities will be developed in close synergy between the Laboratory for Agroforestry Engineering and the Laboratory of Applied Thermo-Fluid dynamics.
Prof. Mazzetto will also be responsible for the new 2nd level Master course on Green Technologies and Infrastructures. Sponsored by Maccaferri, the Master course will offer high level education for engineers with a 2nd level Degree, aiming to train highly specialized technicians in the fields of environmental engineering and soil bioengineering.
The second project will be supervised by Prof. Maurizio Righetti, lecturer of Hydropower Plants and Hydropower Systems at the Faculty of Science and Technology. The two-year project will be developed by the Laboratory for Applied Thermo-Fluid Dynamics and will see the experimentation of some of our innovative solutions used for river bed and banks stabilization works, which were previously tested in the USA.
“Academia and industry sometimes appear to have conflicting objectives”, said Gaetano Maccaferri, President of the Maccaferri Group. “The reality is quite different when a common denominator is established and the expectations of the parties involved can be combined and their respective competences optimized. To achieve this goal, it is necessary that the different parties find a common view, while respecting their different features and purposes, both public and private, as has happened with this collaboration between our company and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano”.
Prof. Paolo Lugli, Dean of unibz said: “University is, like business, a driver for local economic development. This search for synergies with a partner of excellence like Maccaferri confirms our interest in cooperating with the productive world and acquiring third-party funding to support our teaching and research activities”.