The CIRTEN Consortium was constituted in 1994 by Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino and Università di Padova, Palermo, Pisa and Roma “La Sapienza”. The purpose of the Consortium is promoting the scientific and technological research and coordinating the Universities participation to the knowledge development and collaboration with national and international Research Institutions and Industries, in the study and practical solution of problems characterising technological sectors like:
• nuclear energy power and fuel cycle plants;
• industrial/health applications of nuclear radiations;
• energetic-environmental systems;
• safety, physical and environmental protection problems.
The Consortium, whose present President is Prof. Giuseppe Forassasi from the University of Pisa, also represents the Italian Universities in the ENEN Association, through its official representative, Prof. Bruno Panella, from the Politecnico di Torino, who is the present CIRTEN Vice- President. Therefore CIRTEN represents the Italian network institution for education in Nuclear Engineering, with the following members:

Polytechnic of Milan

Polytechnic of Turin

University of Bologna

University of Padova

University of Palermo

University of Pisa

University of Roma1 “La Sapienza”



Teaching Institution:  Politecnico di Milano, Facoltà di Ingegneria dei Processi Industriali
Research Institution:  Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Nucleare
Address:  Via Ponzio 34/3, 20133 Milano, Italy.

Contacts for ENEN Purposes:

Prof. Leone Corradi Dell’Acqua (Tel. +39 02 2399 6343   E-mail )
Prof. Marco E. Ricotti  (Tel. +39 02 2399 6325  E-mail


The Polytechnic of Milan was established in 1863 by a group of scholars and entrepreneurs belonging to prominent Milanese families. Its most eminent professors over the years have included the mathematician Francesco Brioschi (its first Director), Luigi Cremona, and Giulio Natta (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963). The Polytechnic of Milan is now ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design, and in many disciplines is regarded as a leading research institution worldwide In Italy the term “Polytechnic” means a state university consisting only of study programmes in Engineering and Architecture. The Polytechnic of Milan is nowadays organised in 17 departments and a network of 9 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design spread over 7 campuses over the Lombardy region with a central administration and management. The 9 schools are devoted to education whereas the 17 departments are devoted to research. The educational policy of the Polytechnic of Milan consists in offering different curricula tailored to the needs of its territory, which is considered one of most developed industrial areas in Europe. The number of students enrolled in all campuses is approximately 40,000, which makes the Polytechnic of Milan the largest institution in Italy for Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design.


The Faculty, coherently to its name, considers, as the object of its study, the Engineering of Processes, which is the part of the Polytechnic Sciences which minds about ‘transformations’: of matter, at the atomic level (Nuclear Engineering – MSc), at the molecular level (Chemical Engineering – BSc and MSc), at the macro-structural molecular level (Materials Engineering, BSc and MSc) and of energy (Electric Engineering – BSc and MSc and also Nuclear Engineering – MSc). Under the vocation of the Industrial Engineering, these processes of transformation have been studied and analysed as the preamble to the realisation of the correspondent plants, projects, buildings and operations, keeping on mind the economical, environmental and safety compatibility (Safety Engineering – MSc). The implementation of a process in a plant requires the conception and the realisation of an ordered schedule of transformation (flow chart) with elements, or subsystems, connected in parallel or in series and by recycle lines: material, energetic and informative lines.
The Process Engineering is so placed in the broader category of the System Engineering and requires and uses decompositive methodologies, or analytical, in order to examine the complexity of a single unit and to be able to describe it in quantitative terms, or synthetic, aiming at reconstruct through mathematical models the properties and the performances of the process/plant.


The Department of Nuclear Engineering (DIN) was established in the sixties. Its origin dates back to 1957, when the Enrico Fermi Center for Nuclear Studies (Ce.S.N.E.F.) was founded with the aim of running the first nuclear reactor for academic research and educational purposes in Italy. The reactor operated for about twenty years, starting in November 1959. At the same time a new student curriculum was started which became in 1961 the first master degree specifically devoted to Nuclear Engineering in Italy. The scientific challenge posed by the reactor, an inherently complex system demanding both theoretical and experimental skills, fostered a fertile research collaboration between people with different interests and capabilities, that pursued several scientific subjects and melted them toward common goals.

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Teaching Institution: Università di Pisa, Facoltà di Ingegneria
Research Institution: Università di Pisa, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica Nucleare e della Produzione
Address: Via Diotisalvi 2, 56126 Pisa, Italy

Contacts for ENEN Purposes:

Prof. Giuseppe Forasassi Tel. +39-050-2218015 E-mail:
Prof. Walter Ambrosini Tel. +39-050-2218073 E-mail:

The first proofs about the existence of some sort of “Universitas” in Pisa are dated back to the XII century when it seems that teachers started to attract students of various disciplines. However, it was only in 1343 that the Pope Clemente VI issued the bill “In Supremae Dignitatis” that gave Pisa the dignity of a centre of studies in theology, canonical and civil law, medicine “et qualibet alia licita facultate” (whatever other permitted matter). The following centuries up to now saw alternating fortunes of the University, strictly linked to the tumultuous story of the town and the Country.
Nowadays, the University of Pisa offers a very broad range of studies, in the frame of the Bologna Convention, at the two levels of “Laurea” (BSc) and “Laurea Specialistica” (MSc) for about 50,000 students and at the Doctorate level. Courses of “Dottorato di Ricerca” (Research Doctorate) are well established, constituting a third, highly specialized level of education, specifically devoted to research. The Courses are activated by the eleven Faculties (Agriculture, Economy, Farmacy, Law, Engineering, Literature and Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Literature, Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences, Political Sciences); interfaculty courses are also offered.

The Faculty of Engineering (now School of Engineering) was established as a School for Applications in Engineering in 1913; the first President was Ulisse Dini, a well known mathematician. The single study course initially available was Civil Engineering; subsequent growth, in compliance with ongoing technological developments, lead to the present offer of 13 Corsi di Laurea (BSc Degree Courses, 3 yrs) and 17 Corsi di Laurea Specialistica (MSc Degree Courses, 2 yrs) in the fields of Civil, Industrial and Information Engineering. The renowned rigour and high qualification of the studies attracts a considerable number of students from Tuscany and the whole Country. The students enrolled are more than 10,000 and a growing trend is presently experienced in their population.
The “Scuola di Dottorato”, entitled to Leonardo da Vinci (, groups all the Courses of “Dottorato di Ricerca” of the Faculty, including the Course of Dottorato di Ricerca in Sicurezza Nucleare e Industriale (Nuclear and Industrial Safety, see below).

The Department was established in 2012 by merging the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical, Nuclear and Production Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering.

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Teaching Institution: Politecnico di Torino, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Corso di laurea in Energetica
Research Institution: Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Energetica
Address: Corso Duca degli Abruzzi,24-10129 Torino, Italy

Contacts for ENEN Purposes:

Prof. Bruno Panella Tel. +39-011-0904421 E-mail:


The Regio Politecnico di Torino (Royal Turin Polytechnic) was founded in 1906, but its origins go back further. It was preceded by the Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers) founded in 1859. Following the model of the most famous European Polytechnic Schools, at the beginning of the 20th Century the Regio Politecnico di Torino, had various objectives. It began to contact both the European scientific world and local and national industry. Students from all over Italy came to Turin and found in the new laboratories built for the study of everything from chemistry to architecture a lively and resourceful atmosphere.
The Politecnico di Torino offers excellence in technology. It promotes the ability to carry out theoretical or applied research, and also the capacity to achieve concrete and reliable productive processes or organise services and facilities. Attention is paid to practicality without forgetting design, and striving for quality while keeping costs under control. At the Politecnico, today’s needs are analysed to design a sustainable tomorrow. By the end of his or her degree, a Politecnico di Torino graduate has gained a vast, many-sided range of skills and knowledge. Education here goes beyond a technical knowledge of engineering and architecture. Students acquire competence in the interdisciplinary nature of the various fields of the contemporary scientific world, while still aware of the needs of people and society.
Engineers and Architects are the main professional figures at the Politecnico di Torino. Both have strategic planning and a common interdisciplinary approach. The range of studies is broad and ever-widening: it spans space, environment and land, telecommunications, information, energy, mechanics, electronics, chemistry, automation, electrical engineering, industrial design, architecture and building, restoration…
Everyone wishing to learn at the Politecnico di Torino will certainly find his or her way and enter quickly into the professional world, or start a research career, both leading to top positions either in their own practice or in a company.
The Politecnico does not only provide knowledge: students acquire a critical approach to work which will be valid throughout their professional lives and help them deal with changing situations.
The Politecnico has 26,000 students studying on 120 courses (39 Bachelor’s degree courses; 35 Master of Science courses; 30 Doctorates and 18 specialisation courses); more than 2000 students come from abroad. The Politecnico had around 4,400 students in the first year and each year about 200 students graduates with PhD, 2,300 students graduates with a Master of Science and over 2,500 students with a Bachelor’s Degree. Each year, between lectures, laboratories and practical exercises there are 170,000 hours of teaching. There is a staff of over 890 lecturers and researchers, and around 800 administration staff. There are 6 Schools, 1 Graduate School, 18 Departments and 7 Interdepartmental Centres.

Along with its established study courses in Aerospace, Chemical Materials, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (all completely renovated in structure and content), the industrial sector has set up new courses in Automotive Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Energy and Mathematics for the Engineering Sciences in order to satisfy the precise needs of the industrial world through the preparation of highly specialised engineers.
Figures: a teaching staff of 244 and 155 research workers, 1,000 courses with 77,000 hours of lessons, about 1,500 first-year students enrolled each year out of a total of more than 10,000 students. As the natural heir to the historic School of Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino, the present school unites a distinguished tradition with the innovative strategies of a university dedicated to the preparation of highly qualified graduates in the broad sectors of the environment, building, industry and services, which characterise both the national and European socio-economic context. The primary objective is to train professionals to the highest levels of competence requested in the world of work, offering a broad range of specialisations, including Bachelor’s Degrees, Master of Science degrees and post-graduate specialisation programmes (Doctorate courses).
The First School of Engineering has a long tradition of international collaboration. In recent years, agreements have been made with over 70 European Universities for exchanges of Socrates/Erasmus students. Every year, hundreds of Italian students follow courses or prepare their degree theses in European Universities and just as many foreign students come to study in Turin.

The Department of Energetics (DENER). was established in 1980 by merging the former Institutes of “Technical Physics and Nuclear Plants” and “Fluid Machines and Engines”. As it is clearly implied by its name, the Department includes three branches: Applied thermodynamics and energy saving, Nuclear Engineering and Fluid Machines and Engines.
Energy in all its forms is at the centre of the work done in the Department of Energetics. Teaching and research is carried out in fundamental and pioneer areas related to energy. These include nuclear fission and fusion, aerospace propulsion, oleodynamics and pneumatics, internal combustion engines, energy modelling and planning, the environmental impact of energy systems, thermo-economics, safety and reliability analysis, indoor environmental engineering, combustion, renewable energy. The main focus of the Department is technological innovation and efficiency in systems and components currently in use for the transformation, distribution and utilisation of energy. It also seeks to develop methods, instruments and techniques to control the environmental effects of the energy and transportation systems.
The Department is constituted by about 65 Professors and Researchers and 22 Administrative and Technical employees. There also about 35 PhD students (from 5 to 10 in nuclear field) and about 30 fellowship owners. It inherited the tradition of mechanical studies at the Faculty of Engineering. Nuclear Engineering, in particular, was naturally developed as an extension of Mechanical Engineering and has a long lasting tradition in research and education at Politecnico di Torino. Degrees in Nuclear Engineering were granted for more than 40 years.

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