University Niccolò Cusano

University Niccolò Cusano is a very versatile university that offers traditional face-to-face lessons at its Campus in Rome and modern e-learning for degree courses.

The great versatility of the Unicusano system allows us to provide up-to-date teaching by means of a state-of-the-art multimedia platform; students can access, through an ordinary PC connected to the internet, all the courses related to their study program and thus make the best use of the time they dedicate to their studies. Students can also follow lessons FACE TO FACE at our central Campus in Rome. The central Campus, located in Via Don Carlo Gnocchi, 3, is easy to reach by underground and other public transport from Rome Termini station and the main airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino. Unicusano campus is a large university complex consisting of the main building of 16.000 square meters in a 6-hectare green park, with classrooms, multimedia facilities, libraries, a gymnasium, outside sports facilities, a restaurant, a coffee bar and an extensive student residence. In this environment, students can enjoy a dynamic university life consisting of learning, conferences, congresses, interpersonal contacts with teachers and other students and opportunities for personal and cultural development and professional growth. The classroom lessons are taught using IWB (interactive whiteboards), which use up-to-the-minute technology to present the course contents and make them available online. In addition to the headquarters located in Rome, Unicusano has an increasing number of affiliated local learning centers all over Italy and Europe.

Niccolò Cusano University produces research in several fields of technical-scientific disciplines, mainly: Physics and Astronomy, Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Energy, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Social Sciences. Research funding is a key expenditure item for Unicusano in terms of development, prestige and excellence at national and international levels. In a mechanism of shared governance, coordination between European, national and regional interventions fosters the conditions for transforming knowledge into human and social capital.

The engineering faculty in particular, is involved in various research projects based on public funding. This has given momentum to the group to grow considerably. In particular, in the link below, you can see the page relating to research projects involving the engineering faculty.

Research Unit

The Hypergears project is led by the research group of Applied Mechanics of the Niccolò Cusano University. The research team consists of the following members.

  • Oliviero Giannini is a full professor of Applied Mechanics (ING-IND/13) at the Niccolò Cusano University of Rome. He is deputy dean of Engineering and head of the Doctorate School in Industrial and Civil Engineering. Moreover, he is the coordinator of the Quality Board of the University. His main research activities are related to the dynamics and stability of mechanical systems, modeling of mechanical dissipation, mechanisms and related nonlinear dynamics of the system, nonlinear dynamics and vibrations control, damage identification, and modeling of uncertainties in mechanical systems and production processes. The research outcomes were presented at several international conferences and published in over 30 international journal papers. Currently, he is the coordinator of the project OPTIMA: Technologies and novel materials for the smart production of functional components for electric motor vehicles, funded by MISE; the PRIN2020 project “Innovative contact-based multibody model for noise and vibration prediction in high-performance gears” founded by MIUR and the ERASMUS+ strategic partnership project NLITED: New Level of Integrated Techniques for Daylighting education.


  • Marco Cirelli – received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2014 and 2016 respectively. In 2020 he received his Ph.D. in design, manufacturing, and operations in engineering, working on multibody dynamics of transmission systems. Since 2016, he has been working in several fields, such as multibody dynamics, compliant mechanisms, vibration dampers, structural analysis, optimization methods, 3D design methods, and Virtual and Augmented Reality. In 2018 he was hired for the position of Adjunct Professor of Applied Mechanics at the University of Niccolò Cusano, and in 2019 he became a Research Fellow at this University.


  • Orazio Sorgonà – received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2020. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering at the University of Rome Niccolò Cusano. His main research interests are modeling and designing compliant mechanisms, kinematics, mechanism design, and multibody dynamics.



  • Luca D’Angelo – earned an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2021. He is a Research Fellow at University of Niccolò Cusano and University of Rome Tor Vergata, where is work focuses on the development of novel-contact-based multibody models for noise and vibration prediction in high performance gear as well as the application of cutting-edge technologies and materials for the transportation of the future. His main research interests include multibody and 1D machine dynamics, vibration, power transmissions, structural design, virtual and augmented reality and vehicle dynamics.


  • Andrea Pagliaro – received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Niccolò Cusano University of  Rome in 2017 and 2019, respectively. He is currently in the third year of the XXXVI cycle of a Ph.D. course in Industrial and Civil engineering at the same university. He is working on the realization of a predictive finite element model for composites with an antisymmetric layup that shows the bistability feature. An experimental setup is also being designed to validate the numerical results. He has gained laboratory experience since 2017 in designing and implementing experimental setups and in using numerical control machine tools (CNC). Also has multi-disciplinary abilities and knowledge such as 3D printing, composite making, mechanical characterization testing, computer and handyman skills.