"It’s a friendly and collaborative environment. We work mostly in a wide and comfortable office and, occasionally, we have the opportunity to run experiments with real cars or in the test rig lab."
CourseAutomotive Engineering PhD
Investigating control actions in high-performance sports cars
I’ve always been interested in automotive engineering and vehicle dynamics since I was a high school student. I studied for my bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering in Italy.
I then did a placement at Surrey. I got to know and like the environment, the University, the staff and the topics. The course supervisor was also keen to have me doing my research here, which was nice.
I’m researching new methodologies to integrate the control actions in a high-performance sports car. The research is crucial for simplifying upcoming over-actuated and complex vehicle technologies, especially with the growing interest in autonomous driving.
I enjoy conducting the experimental tests, especially when I see the virtual efforts applied on a real vehicle.
It’s a friendly and collaborative environment in the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences. We work mostly in a wide and comfortable office and, occasionally, we have the opportunity to run experiments with real cars or in the test rig lab.
Life at Surrey
I’m enjoying life as a student here. My time management skills have got better and I’ve improved my language skills. The campus and surrounding area is very green, too, and it's pleasant to be in contact with nature.
When I’m not studying, it’s nice to do some physical activity, such as riding along the river on my bicycle, swimming at Surrey Sports Park or relaxing in the garden.
I want to continue working in automotive engineering, but I’m still deciding whether to consider a post-doctoral role in academia or to jump straight into the job market.
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