The Politecnico di Torino is a research university acknowledged as a center of excellence in all over the world for the qualifying research areas of Architecture and Engineering. The development of the fields of excellence, the investment on frontier subjects, and also the support to the curiosity driven research allow a virtuous mix of basis and applied research.
Research activities, in particular, are structured in four macro-areas: Industrial Engineering; Information Technology; Management and Mathematical Engineering; Civil, Environmental, Architecture and Design Engineering.
Concerning those fields, the University aims at networking with the socio-economical context and at opening new partnerships with companies and multinationals (about 800 research agreements per year). That's why, in the Cittadella Politecnica, the Business Research Center (BRC) was opened. Here, the University gives room for offices and laboratories for innovation in partnership and technological transfer. General Motors, ST Microelectronics, Indesit, Avio, Pirelli, Prima Industrie and more are only some examples of multinationals that today are hosted here.
The Politecnico di Torino is more and more engaged in increasing its participation in European, national and regional research projects.
The Energy Department (DENERG) is the point of reference in Politecnico di Torino for the areas of knowledge concerned with energy and sustainable development. The Department has the aim of improving the existing energy technologies and promoting new ones, as well as contributing to the rational and informed use of energy resources.
DENERG promotes, coordinates and manages basic and applied research, training, technology transfer and services to the local community and industry in the fields of thermodynamics and thermo-fluid dynamics, fluid machines, energy systems, combustion, physics of nuclear reactors and plasmas, nuclear plants, principles of electrical engineering, electrical machines, electrical drives and power electronics, electrical power systems, thermophysical and electromagnetic properties of materials, indoor environment engineering, lighting, and acoustics.