Politecnico di Milano is offering today all levels of higher education in the aerospace sector (Bachelor, Master, Ph.D.). The Master in Aeronautical engineering and the Master in Space engineering received the EUR-ACE label in the year 2012.
Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one of the leading science and technology universities in Europe and with 38,000 students it is the largest institute in Italy in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Designs. The Department of Aerospace Engineering of Politecnico di Milano stems from a time-honoured tradition of research and education in what can be considered one of the most modern scientific and technological fields: the aeronautical sciences.
In fact, in 1910 Politecnico introduced the first Aeronautics course, held by Prof. Cesare Dal Fabbro and subsequently by Prof. Silvio Bassi. As a consequence, the Laboratory for Aeronautics was born: equipped with a wind tunnel, it was particularly active in the field of experimental aerodynamics.
In the '30s, the "Centre for Studies and Experiments with Gliders" was born as an initiative of a group of students and particularly of Liberato De Amicis. This Centre designed a number of advanced concept gliders.
In the '50s, the Institute for Aeronautics was founded: first directed by Prof. Bruno Finzi then by Prof. Ermenegildo Preti, it later became the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
The Department of Aerospace Science and Technology co-ordinates the intellectual and material resources of the Politecnico di Milano University for developing and providing education and training activity at the level of Laurea (Bachelor, 3-year track), Laurea Magistrale (Master, 5-year track), Specialised Master Courses (1-year track, either after a Laurea or a Laurea Magistrale degree), Ph.D. Courses (3-year post-graduate course) and a continuous training activity to students and professionals in aerospace engineering. At present, most of the strictly aerospace-related courses, which compose the majority of the qualifying courses for the Aerospace Engineering Degree, depend from the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology. The number of freshmen in the Bachelor degree is in the order of 350 per year, while the number of registered students in the Master degree is around 160 per year.
The Department is active in many research fields, covering different topics and not limited to the traditional aerospace engineering disciplines.
The role of Politecnico di Milano in the PERSEUS project will be to lead the project, thus having responsibility of WP1, and in addition to lead WP3 and participate actively in WP4 and WP6.