The target of the training project is the creation of a critical mass of young people with skills specifically inspired by a product lifecycle holistic view, able to handle both the field of processes and of enterprise, providing and ensuring a full awareness of the political, economic and social environment in which the product is introduced.


In order to achieve this goal, an essential step is the creation of a community of actors based on the members of the Public Private Laboratory ‘X-Net.Lab’ of the University of Salento and integrated by the members of the Technological District DHITECH who are involved in the same project.
The framework is indeed a wider network of companies and research centers operating in the convergence regions and on national and international scale:
the network is arranged according to the model of the Living Laboratory, an integrated model of research, training and innovation.

Human capital outgoing of the training program for industrial interdisciplinary research will be built considering the following points:

1) the profile of the Engineer of 2020 defined by Boeing, characterized by the ability to organically integrate technical and engineering expertise with business and occupational skills such as the ability to communicate, to work in team, to plan and manage complex programs;

2) the model of the ‘Global Engineer’ as defined by the ‘National Academy of Engineering Education’ and the ‘National Science Foundation’, which integrates vertical scientific and technical expertise with horizontal skills such as the ability to communicate, the effecacy, the leadership and negotiation skills, the creativity, the tendency of thinking outside the box, the attitude to innovation and to detect emerging opportunities in the global context;

3) the ‘Green Engineer’ encoded by the ‘National Science Foundation’, according to which the design, commercialization and use of processes and products must comply not only with technical and economic feasibility but also minimize, since the origins, the generation of pollution and the risks to human health and to environment;

4) the profile of the entrepreneur engineer, able to create new ‘technology intensive’ business.

The methodological approach of the training project is based on an action-learning methodology focused on active and interactive learning, merged with on the job training alongside academic/industry researchers: that allows the transfer in participants of the typical mental approach of industrial research, with its strong characterization of practical knowledge.