Electrical engineering is at the forefront of the major challenges that our society is faced with: sustainable energy, efficiency of industrial processes and smart cities are just a few of the areas where the use of electricity is changing the rules of the game. From a society based on fossil fuel usage, we are moving towards a greater use of renewable sources, to an electric mobility and overall economy towards a "low-carbon".
Electrical engineering at the Politecnico di Torino has solid historical roots: in 1889 Galileo Ferraris founded the School of Electrical Engineering, first in Italy, at the Royal Italian Industrial Museum. At the end of 1800 Galileo Ferraris was highly regarded internationally and was at the center of the stage along with the main figures of his time, such as Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. The legacy of Galileo Ferraris still remains in the research and teaching: in 2016, according to the website http://www.topuniversities.com, the sector of “electrical and electronic engineering” from the Politecnico di Torino is ranked first in Italy the sixth in Europe and the fortieth in the world.
The Electrical Engineering course of studies provides students with the basic knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry together with industrial engineering, as for instance essential knowledge and skills related to the geometric description of the machines, materials involved in their construction, mechanical and structural behavior as well as the applied thermodynamics, that is necessary for the multi-physical understanding of many electrical phenomena.
The peculiar electrical subjects are: principle of electrical engineering, electrical measurements, electrical machines and industrial electronics, electrical systems and safety.
Although more than 70% of graduates in Electrical Engineering continues in the path of the Master, the percentage of bachelor electrical engineering entering the world of work is greater than the one of other disciplines present at the Politecnico di Torino.