Left to right: Mattia Mantellini and Filippo Gherdovich said they were glad they chose to do their doctoral research at OCEM Power Electronics

OCEM Power Electronics is currently recruiting PhD candidates who want to conduct their dissertation research in an industrial environment

When Filippo Gherdovich, 33, decided to pursue an industrial engineering PhD, he faced an important choice: should he conduct his research in an academic setting, such as a laboratory, or should he join one of the program’s industry partners and conduct R&D in a company?

Gherdovich opted for the latter, joining OCEM Power Electronics as a doctoral student researcher. For his dissertation research he helped develop a cutting-edge power electronics solution for ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.

“OCEM Power Electronics offered me the ability to support a project and see it realized,” the Bologna native said. “Conducting research at the university, for example, is really useful, but there you don’t have the opportunity to create projects like this that could also foresee a series production.”

OCEM Power Electronics is one of just a handful of companies offering doctoral students the chance to conduct their dissertation research in-house and develop solutions for real-world market needs. The company is currently recruiting students interested in fusion energy, particle acceleration and other power electronics applications.

“Our goal is the students’ professional futures,” OCEM Power Electronics’ General Manager Giuseppe Taddia said. “We’re proud to support doctoral students aspiring to work in a highly specialized industry.”

Gherdovich joined OCEM Power Electronics through the company’s partnership with an innovative Masters program at Tor Vergata University in Rome. The Master in Fusion Energy aims to prepare highly skilled graduated students to work in fusion energy by connecting research and academic study with the practical challenges of manufacturing a fusion power plant.

Students can then count the Masters toward the first year of a PhD in fusion energy, which Gherdovich decided to pursue. He successfully defended his dissertation in December and stayed on with OCEM Power Electronics as a Development Engineer.

“I’m very happy I chose OCEM Power Electronics,” Gherdovich said. “Power electronics for fusion applications is a challenging sector that’s not so common to find.”

While Gherdovich was putting the finishes touches on his dissertation, another doctoral candidate, Mattia Mantellini, 25 from Forlì, joined OCEM Power Electronics at the end of October. Mantellini is working on a power electronics system to control electrical energy generated by ocean waves.

“I’m very interested in clean energy and energy harvesting,” he said. “This is a good way to start my career in this field.”

Mantellini said he jumped at the opportunity to conduct R&D in an industrial environment because it meant he could be in contact with clients and suppliers. He also appreciates the company’s hands-on approach to learning.

“I’m developing new skills, new horizons,” he said. “My mentors here have a lot of experience. They let me try things, let me learn by doing.”

Both Gherdovich and Mantellini have also embraced Aretè & Cocchi Technology’ approach to wellness and employee satisfaction. The company offers free fitness classes, ski days and theater tickets, among others. They also enjoy being part of a company that values young people and encourages them to collaborate.

“Here there are various young people,” Gherdovich said. “We have different engineering fields represented, a good mix. It’s a valuable team. You can really collaborate well.”

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