Pier Giuseppe Anselma

Visiting Ph.D. Student

Pier Giuseppe Anselma received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with merits from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2014 and 2017 respectively. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.

In 2016 he has been a visiting master’s student researcher at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), where he developed his interest towards the electrification of road vehicles. This research experience at MARC remarkably nurtured his motivation to enroll in the Ph.D. degree in 2017.

At present, he his author and co-author of 14 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications, most of which have been presented with Dr. Emadi’s research group. His research activities involve design of powertrains and implementation of smart energy management strategies related to electrified and connected vehicles.

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Passionate for math, science and technical drawing from an early age, nevertheless Pier first enrolled in a Literature High School (Liceo Classico “G.Govone” in Alba, his hometown in Italy). Translating documents from Latin and Old Greek helped him not only to familiarize with the classical culture, but also to entrain his logic and the capability to break down a complex unsolvable problem into smaller solvable ones.

After High School he found his calling as an engineer and in 2011 and 2014 he respectively enrolled in the B. Sc. and in the M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

In 2015 he got the chance to study for six months in the Institut Superieur de Mechanique (SUPMECA) in Paris, focusing on Simulation in Mechanical Design. In 2016 he interned at RATP, the company that is in charge of the public transport network in Paris. The subject of his internship addressed the optimization of dynamic tests on the steps of mechanical escalators having both a numerical and experimental approach.

His interest for the automotive field brought Pier to join the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) in September 2016 for a six months period to carry out the work for his M.Sc. thesis. He particularly joined the Electrified Powertrain Team (ePT) being responsible of developing innovative numerical design tools within the framework of the Leadership in Automotive Powertrain 1 (LEAP1) project in cooperation with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US LLC.

Charmed by the undergoing radical transformations in the automotive sector and inspired by his first published papers about the work conducted at MARC, in 2017 he decided to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. Since then, he has kept working close and collaborating with Dr. Emadi’s research group on designing and implementing smart energy management strategies and novel design methodologies for electrified powertrains and connected vehicles. Moreover, he has kept working with the ePT during the final phase of LEAP1 project and the ongoing LEAP2 project with FCA US LLC. In 2018 he has obtained few awards as part of his Ph.D. career: he leaded his teams to respectively obtain the first prize at the prototyping boot camp “Inventor” (from School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation) in Torino and the “best in show” award from the Lean Startup Machine challenge during the BMW Summer School “Intelligent Cars on Digital Roads” in Raitenhaslach, Germany. Finally, Pier received the third prize for the Best Student Paper award at the 2018 FISITA World Congress in Chennai, India. In 2019, he has returned to MARC for a four-month period as visiting Ph.D. researcher.

Pier hopes that his research will eventually help designing and building the next generation cleaner and more efficient road vehicles.

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