Position: Diesel Controls & Systems Dept. Manager
Education: Mechanical Engineering Master Degree – University of Genoa
Working for a global and “multicultural” company allows to develop a wider vision and an “all-accomplished” approach to problems finding solutions in shorter time"
I graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Genoa with a thesis on engine overfeeding and diesel technology. My first work experience was an internship in the Advanced Engine Technology unit of Fiat's research center, CRF. During that time, I had the opportunity to put my passion for engines into practice and also came to appreciate Fiat Group's focus and significant capabilities in research and technological innovation in propulsion systems. During the course of my career, I have been part of the principal innovations in engine technology achieved by Fiat Group over the last ten years. CRF's Powertrain division was the birthplace of the common rail, and it is also here that successive versions - the MultiJet and MultiJet2 - were developed. We are involved in the entire testing process, from engine bench testing to onboard testing. When an engine enters the production phase, we are involved in transferring the know-how gained to product engineering and giving all the manufacturing specifications for components, including control algorithms, to our suppliers such as Magneti Marelli and Bosch.
To give an idea of the resources I have access to for my work, in the research and development area of Fiat Powertrain there are 34 engine testing rooms, where around sixty-thousand hours of engine testing is conducted each year, equivalent to around 3,600,000 kilometers. We also have five vehicle testing rooms where every year we perform around 5,000 fuel-emission test cycles. All this is done to test and verify the performance of our engines in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and NVH levels.
A new-graduate wanting to join Fiat Powertrain definitely needs to have a great passion for engines, be able to work in a team, and have the capacity to face and solve new problems.
I would say that in my career there have been two major challenges. The first was when I had the opportunity to participate in the development of one of Fiat Group's most important technologies, which was the MultiJet engine. The chance to work on that project was highly motivating for a young engineer entering the work force. As for the second challenge, the way I see life and my personality compel me to say that it's still to come.
In my free time, I try to balance sport and spending time with my family. I love skiing, rock climbing and mountain climbing. After the birth of my son, and with the increase in my professional commitments, I have had less time to dedicate to these sports, so as an alternative I have taken up sailing. Sailing is a sport that allows me to spend my free time with my family, but at the same time be surrounded by nature. Rock climbing requires an ability to adapt, a spirit of initiative and the capacity to improvise. At the same time, it's a sport that also depends on physical preparation, regular training and experience. All of these characteristics can be transferred to the professional arena and are very valuable in research and innovation.
Fiat is a group that continues to evolve in order to adapt to changing market environments. My goal is, without doubt, to continue to improve my knowledge and skills, both technical and managerial.