Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM)

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Contribution to the G.EN.ESI Project

As project managers UNIVPM contribute to all areas of the G.EN.ESI Project.

The specific contributions made by the UNIVPM team include:

  • Identifying the state of the art in methods and tools for the assessment of product eco-sustainability, with reference to electro-mechanical products;
  • Determining and mapping the design process within Faber;
  • Defining the general characteristics of the LeanDfD and CBR tool ;
  • Contribution to the definition of the G.EN.ESI Platform;
  • Software development of the LeanDfD, CBR, DfEE tools
  • Management of financial, administrative and legal activities related to the whole project

Interest and Expectations from the G.EN.ESI Project

The G.EN.ESI Project aims to develop an innovative platform that supports designers efforts to implement eco-design tools within the product development process. Offering an integrated platform that allows a designer to analyse all the life cycle phases of a product in environmental and economic terms, represents significant progress towards overcoming the key challenges involved with this implementation.

The definition of a methodology that supports the platform software tools implementation is also seen as a strong point for the Project.

Related and Relevant Work

In addition to the G.EN.ESI Project the UNIVPM team are involved in:

  • a national research project oriented to the development of sustainable electric motors;
  • and several national and regional projects focused on the product and process sustainability improvements, with specific attention on electro-mechanical products.

The UNIVPM Team

Prof. Michele Germani is Associate Professor of Design Tools and Methods for Industrial Engineering at UNIVPM. He obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padua (Italy) in 1999. He leads a research team of around 30 people. He currently focuses his research activities on product configuration, sustainable design, design for energy efficiency, collaborative design and virtual prototyping technologies. He is author of numerous scientific papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He also reviews many important journals within the field of engineering design. He has participated to several European Projects (6th and 7th FP) and coordinates three national projects on household appliances energy efficiency.

Marco Mandolini is a post-doc research fellow in Design Tools and Methods in Industrial Engineering. He got a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering (2007) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Management (2011) at the Università Politecnica delle Marche. His research topics focus primarily on software tools to support the design phase, eco-design, Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing. He is author of about 20 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He is the project technical coordinator of Genesi.

Marco Marconi is a research fellow in Design Tools and Methods for Industrial Engineering. He obtained a masters degree in Electronic Engineering at Università Politecnica delle Marche in 2007. His research topics primarily focus on eco-design of industrial products, energy efficiency of products and processes, design for disassembly and end-of-life management. He is co-author of several scientific papers published in international journals and conference proceedings.

Alessandro  Macchione is a research fellow in Design Tools & Methods for Industrial Engineering. He obtained a masters degree in Informatics Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2009. He has experience in the software development field and his present research topics focus on the development of software tools that support the in-use phase of products.

Ilaria Balloriani is a European Project Manager for the management and coordination of projects co-financed by the European Commission. Her experience covers all the main steps of project development and implementation both in an international and regional context, including: active and healthy ageing,  eco-innovation, social policies, international co-operation, capacity building, internationalization of SMEs. She has experience with the following European Programmes: 7FP, LLP, Daphne, Progress, MED, SEE, INTERREG IVC, IPA.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission and made possible within the VII Framework Programme FP7-NMP-201 l-SMALL-5 - Grant Agreement Number 280371.