Designs with futur

The names in this section are those of success stories of the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Vilanova i la Geltrú which, supported by theEspai Emprèn of the EPSEVG, have begun to make their way in the sector. 

You can also get an idea of ​​what they are projects with futur taking a look at the research being conducted in the research groups of the UPC. 

Take an example and jump on make your way into the world of work without fear!

This is a testament to the courage of graduate students Industrial Design and Product Development of the'Polytechnic School of Vilanova i la Geltrú which, guided by theEmprèn space, have begun to take the first steps in their career towards business success with their innovative projects.




Ainur Ulan

Degree in Industrial Design and Product Development
Experience in developing concepts and products aligned with the principles of circularity, contributing to the project, has contributed to the European project Circular Design.
She has been President of theMediterranean Industrial Design Association (MESDI).

The product

Sustainably developed materials. Design study focused on sustainability in design, product development from waste as a raw material. Development of new materials and exploration of new applications of existing materials.

Market to which it is addressed

Consumers, businesses and non-profit organizations with concerns about circular design.



Irene Toro

Degree in Industrial Design and Product Development

Marc Vidal

Degree in Industrial Design and Product Development

Roger Pastallé

Degree in Industrial Design and Product Development
Members of theMediterranean Industrial Design Association (MESDI).

The product LinkedIn

Söthemma prototypeBamboo thermos and cork tray. The company focuses on creating products for the food industry
with natural materials, thus taking advantage of all its properties without harming the environment. The production of these does not require thermal processes that involve high energy consumption or generate polluting waste. 

Market to which it is addressed

Environmentally conscious people (eco-millennials), which is currently on the rise.

This project was a finalist for the award Catalonia Ecodesign Award, finalist of the Ecoembes Circular University Challenge nationwide and winner of the Woman Explorer Award of Santander.
To know what products will be needed in the futur, the University's research groups generate their own scientific production derived from their research. These lines of research can guide you in knowing where the world of industrial design is moving and what its practical applications are. In this sense, we highlight the following:


ADR & M - Architecture, Design: Representation and Modeling

The main objective of the research group is to cohesively consolidate and consolidate innovative lines of researchers who have developed in recent years in the Department of Architectural Representation of the UPC a scientific and technology transfer production with proven evaluation, trend and desire for improvement.

Topics they work on: CAAD / DAO, Visual Communication, Interior design, Product design, Parametric design, Architectural graphic expression, Photogrammetry, History and systems of representation, Image (analog and digital), Infographic modeling, Geometric modeling, Multimedia, Visual simulation, Syntax of space, Theory of representation [among others].

CDAL - Light Alloys and Surface Treatments Design Center

The CDAL develops its research in two main lines, one focused on Light Alloys and the other on Surface Treatments and Coatings. Within the first line of research one of the most important areas in the group is the development and optimization of semi-solid state (SSM) forming processes, while in the second line the CDAL is carrying out the obtaining and optimization of wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant coatings, with its own pilot plant for obtaining high-speed thermal projection coatings (HVOF).

Topics they work on: Light alloys, Fault analysis, Semi-solid forming, Corrosion, 3D printing, Manufacturing processes, Coatings, Surface treatments.

CDEI-DM - ​​Industrial Equipment Design Center-Machine Dynamics


Research group specialized in design and dynamic analysis of machines. Aspects related to the analysis and dynamic simulation of mechanical systems, and to the problems caused by mechanical vibrations are discussed. In addition, in the mechanical design section, the group has a strong technology transfer activity mainly in the industrial environment of capital goods.

Topics they work on: Machine goods, Mechanical design, Machinery, Analysis and simulation of machines, Automotive, Machine dynamics, Mechatronics, Metallurgical, Design methodologies, Appropriate technologies, Rail transport, Mechanical vibrations.

CEPIMA - Center for Process and Environmental Engineering

The CEPIMA research group is the result of the full integration of the current TQG-LCMA group to consolidate and strengthen its work in the field of: improvements in the conception and optimal management of productive resources in the process industry leading to the minimization of the environmental impact and in ecologically acceptable situations.

Topics they work on: Integration and intensification of processes for sustainable development that provides for the design and optimal operation of the entire supply chain throughout the product life cycle under multi-objective criteria (productivity, environmental impact, security, resource optimization), all considering various levels of detail (strategic, tactical and operational) and various optimization techniques (mathematical programming, stochastic methods, life cycle analysis, etc.).

CETpD -Center of Technological Studies for Care for Dependence and Autonomous Living

The main research environment of the CETpD is focused on the development of new knowledge in the field of hardware-software technologies focused on people with the aim of contributing to the improvement of quality of life of chronically ill, people in need specific and / or with varying degrees of dependency. One of the most specific areas of work focuses on the search for new paradigms related to human movement, mainly in the detection and compensatory action of movement dysfunctions.

Topics they work on: Addiction Help, CMOS-MEMS, Integrated Circuits, Fall Detection, Embedded Systems, Sport, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Parkinson's Disease, Integrated Sensors, Embedded Systems, Smart Sensors, eHealth, ioT.

GIIP - Project Engineering Research Group: Design, Sustainability and Communication

Its main objective is the development of theory and practice for the management of multidisciplinary and multicultural temporary projects, providing the technical and socio-economic skills necessary to give an innovative point of view to the development of their own project management skills that have a integrated vision of the fundamental environmental, safety and quality aspects in current engineering. These objectives translate into the search for methodologies that improve the design and efficiency of artificial systems, in general, but especially in the field of sustainable mobility, lighting and project management.

Topics they work on: Communication, Project Management, Environmental Impact, Environment, Project Methodology, Sustainable Mobility, Lighting, Lighting engineering, Sustainability.

CITES - Research Group in Science and Technology of Sustainability

The main objective of the Research Group in Science and Technology of Sustainability (CITES) is the generation of the technical and conceptual tools necessary to help transform our society towards sustainability. The Group tackles the main challenges of the sustainable development of current eco-socio-economic systems, in research sub-lines perfectly identifiable with the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) promoted by the United Nations, with holistic and transdisciplinary approaches.

Topics they work on: Education for sustainability, Climate change, Urban sustainability and green infrastructure, Industrial innovation, Sustainable design and Circular economy.

INSIDE - Innovation in Systems for Engineering Design and Training

The INSIDE research group aims at innovation, development and research related to sustainable and ergonomic energy use systems. As well as R + D + I in the systems, methodologies and strategies of application of multimedia and audiovisual tools to the design and to the technological training.

LAM - Multimedia and ICT Applications Laboratory


The Laboratory focuses its activity on the adaptation of emerging technologies in environments with special characteristics, and focuses its research on the design of technological solutions for professional groups that have an intensive activity in knowledge.
Its specific objectives are:

  1. Design and application of collective intelligence methods and technologies.
  2. Adaptation of visual interfaces
  3. Design and application of ICT solutions for Health
  4. Methods for the integration of ICT in e-Learning environments
  5. Methods for the integration of ICT in citizen security environments
Topics they work on: app, Functional DesignGraphic design, Interfaces, Business, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, TELCO, ICT.


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Emprèn space

L'Espai Emprèn UPC Vilanova aims to be able to realize the business ideas of the students of the Polytechnic School of Vilanova i la Geltrú (EPSEVG) and thus promote entrepreneurship and encourage the creation of technology-based companies.


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Last update: 24 / 03 / 2023