2023: a year of celebrations and award-winning politechnic alumni and projects worldwide

From Milan to Seoul, from Tokyo to California: Students and researchers awarded in the last 12 months

2023 was a year of achievements for Made in Italy by Politecnico di Milano. On this page we have compiled a list of awards and recognitions. Please let us know if we are missing any!


  • Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli — born in Italy, Californian by adoption (he teaches at the University of California, Berkeley), and an alumnus of Politecnico — is among the world's leading experts in computer science. We only mention Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli's recent achievements, including the prestigious BBVA Foundation “Frontiers of Knowledge Award”.
  • Professor Amalia Ercoli Finzi, the “comet lady”, was officially awarded the prestigious Hubert Curien Prize.



  • 7 Alumni in the Forbes 30 Under 30 ranking: 7 Alumni nella classifica Forbes 30under30: Leonardo Bertelli — 26 years old — Science category; Camilla Cecilia Conti — 28 years old — Manufacturing & Industry category; Rachele Didero — 26 years old — Consumer Technology category; Alessandro Fanni — 29 years old — Science category; Lisa Iannello — 26 years old — Healthcare category; Francesca Madonini — 27 years old — Science category; Guido Putignano — 20 years old — Science category
  • A project submitted by professors Massimo Ferrari and Claudia Tinazzi from the Department of Architecture, Construction Engineering and the Built Environment were awarded the top prize at the Piranesi Prix de Rome et d'Athènes 2022-23.


  • Professor Andrea Castelletti, from the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, has been named the national winner for Italy in the first edition of the Frontiers Planet Prize. This prize was created to recognise the best research published in the last two years in the field of sustainability science.




  • The Italian team won the prestigious Hack a-Sat competition, organised by the US Department of Defence. The (achieved) objective: to breach the computer security of a satellite. Congratulations to the Mhackers, led by professor Mario Polino from the Department of Electronics Information and Bioengineering
  • Gaia Letizia Civardi, PhD student at the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, was awarded a prestigious Amelia Earhart Scholarship


  • Professor Alfio Quarteroni, from the Department of Mathematics, accepted the prestigious ICIAM Lagrange Prize in Tokyo. This prize is awarded every four years by the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics to mathematicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of applied mathematics throughout their careers. Professor Quarteroni was awarded for his “groundbreaking contributions that have had a significant impact on the field of mathematics”.
  • Subrata Ghosh, from the Department of Energy, was awarded the Diamond and Carbon Materials Early Career Research Award
  • Francesco Pierri, researcher at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering won the SIGKDD 2023 Outstanding Dissertation Award – Runner Up




  • Professor Enrico Tronconi from the Energy Department at Politecnico di Milano has won one of the three prizes of the Air Liquide Scientific Challenge with his innovative proposal to use electricity to produce hydrogen. He will now be able to develop his project and turn it into a market-ready technology
  • Sofia Scataglini, a former student of Biomedical Engineering and who now works as a lecturer at the University of Antwerp, was presented the Premio del Presidente per la Giornata delle Marche. Her research work focuses on design for health and human care; she collaborates with a number of institutions and founded the group Digital Human Modeling by Women, which is dedicated to supporting women working on STEM subjects.
  • Ddpstudio, founded by Alumni Lorenzo de Bartolomeis, Gabriele Diamanti and Filippo Poli, receives the 13th National Innovation Award Prize of Prizes for Hannes, the "bionic hand"
  • The year begins and ends with professor Amalia Ercoli Finzi being awarded the Ambrogino d'oro 2023 by the mayor of Milan.