Italy Full Professor of Industrial Mechanical Systems Engineering University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna.
In BBS he deals with different areas, in particular with Operations, design and management of industrial systems and solutions related to the Industry 4.0 plan.
PhD in “Operations in productive systems”, 1998-2000, University of Parma – Department of Industrial Engineering.
Coordinator of the Course of Study in Management Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Bologna in the period 2013-2019.
Member of the Teaching Board of the PhD School in Advanced Automotive Engineering (University of Bologna, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma).
Member of the Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research of the University of Bologna – Advanced Mechanics and Materials. High Tech Technopolis Network of Emilia Romagna Region.
He has been and is involved in several research and technological innovation projects in collaboration with private and public Italian and international companies.
Before the university experience he covered the role of Operations manager in a multinational company (tasks: logistics management and maintenance of production facilities).


This LAB will bring you in a learning factory environment. Thanks to the collaboration with the Big Data Innovation & Research Excellence (BI-REX) Consortium, the LAB explores an advanced production system made of modern additive manufacturing machines, robotic handling devices and a fully automated handling and storage systems. Design and management strategies are experienced focusing on their impact on the long-term performances and daily operations from a what-if multi-scenario and learning by doing perspective.

Automation and Robotics

CORE COURSE – This module develops logistics and inventory management in the current business, industrial or services framework through the discussion and analysis of technical and management solutions presently available and expected in the near future. In particular, the investigation will focus on logistics inside the production systems, the design and management of goods storage systems and the design and management of both inbound and outbound distribution networks by means of an approach based on the intensive use of exercises, case studies and learning by doing.

  • Logistics inside the production systems
  • Efficient design of the layout
  • Handling systems of the materials: from conventional to flexible automatic systems
  • Principles and solutions for goods storage
  • Available technological solutions
  • Design of a storage system
  • Allocation of goods and criteria for picking
  • Inventory Management
  • Reference strategies and corresponding application fields
  • Cross analysis of stock-consumption
  • Design and management of the distribution network (inbound and outbound)
  • Fundamentals of network design
  • Location of the intermediate and final distribution centres
  • Stock allocation policies throughout the network
Supply Chain and Operations

The cross-sectionality of the logistics function and the value chain. Design and planning of the production system layouts. Management and forecasting of market demand. General criteria of programming and audit of production. Procurement and management of inventory and consumable materials. Evolution of just in time systems: from lean production to lean thinking. Automation of the information flow: from barcode to RFID technologies. Management of physical distribution.

MBA Part-Time (Weekend)

Operations module will give to students the necessary skillset to understand which will be the principal evolutions of the field in the next years, so to be able to anticipate, face and benefit from those transformational changes. The course will also include a strong contamination from real world, in terms of advanced technologies (provided both from corporates and startups), new business models and real cases of innovation in the field.

Business Innovation Design
Sustainability and Business Innovation

The course focuses on issues related to the management of materials along the supply chain, from suppliers to distribution channels. In this regard, they have a vital role. Managerial and organizational decisions made about the relationships with external companies with which we relate to, are the focal point of the course. In analyzing the vertical relationships between firms, the course seeks to develop: sensitivity to the Strategic Importance of the reports, the technical and managerial knowledge needed to deal with the decisions in the matter and organizational skills needed to manage them.

Gestione d’Impresa – Made in Italy
Gestione d’Impresa – Food & Wine
Gestione d’Impresa – Retail Management and E-Commerce
Business Management – Asian Markets
Gestione d’Impresa – Green Management and Sustainable Businesses
Business Management – Tourism, Heritage and Events
Business Management – Life Science and MedTech
Gestione d’Impresa – Società Benefit, Impresa Sociale e Cooperativa

CORE COURSE – The course presents the characteristics of operations system and the main interactions between choices of planning and production structure. The most recent methodologies in terms of cost reduction, quality, and reliability are analyzed, together with the role of providers in the innovation process. Focus is placed on lean manufacturing, demonstrating how the approach, which began in production, is now relevant to the entire company, giving rise to the lean organization.

Technology and Innovation