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Josep Font

Josep Font is a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering student and is currently doing his Master Thesis at the SEAT-IQS mechanical engineering laboratory. Below, you can read about the highlights of the programme and Josep's personal assessment.

Could you briefly describe the master's degree?

The Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering is a two-year programme that's aimed at addressing practical cases. We work with real problems and we quickly apply everything we see in theory to practice. This master's degree is focused on developing industrial engineering skills and, upon completion, you obtain professional qualification to lead projects. I would say that the master's degree is really focused on employment and the engineering profession.

What stands out about the programme?

The master's degree is designed so that students are in contact with the current reality in the industry. This is possible thanks to the good relationship that IQS has with companies from different sectors. IQS has first-hand knowledge of the issues and demands the industry faces.

In addition, students have access to professional equipment and machinery that's used by companies. The curriculum includes specialised subjects to focus your profile on the field that interests you the most, such as mechanics, materials, energy, industrial organisation, and so on.

Which subject did you enjoy most?

The subject I liked the most was “Advanced Robotics, Mechatronics, and Artificial Intelligence.” This class serves as a bridge between mechanics and emerging technologies, such as robotics and artificial intelligence. In class, we discussed topics that are of crucial importance to industry today, such as predictive maintenance.

Professional internships

I was able to do an internship at Multivac, a company that specialises in designing machinery for the food and pharmaceutical sectors. I had the opportunity to work on the development of a new prototype for a few months. Specifically, I worked on designing parts and examining them to improve productivity and reduce costs.

I felt fully prepared to do the internship because I was able to apply the knowledge I had acquired at IQS. For example, I used SolidWorks design software that we use both at the master's and undergraduate levels.

Why did you choose IQS?

I did the Undergraduate Programme in Industrial Engineering at IQS and I was really happy with the decision I made. Students have a great deal of autonomy at IQS and this is accentuated during the master's degree. We have to tackle lots of problems that focus on the industry.

In addition, I received an IQS Academic Excellence (Multivac) scholarship to study this master's degree.

What's your personal assessment?

I'm really happy with the work I've done over the last two years. I think all the experience I gained at IQS gives me solid preparation for my future.

What advice would you give to a future student?

I would tell them that this master's degree allows you to get an in-depth understanding of the industry and delve into specific topics thanks to the specialties in the curriculum. Studying at IQS is a great opportunity, make the most of it. 

What is your Master Thesis about?

My Master Thesis focuses on monitoring structures using vibration methods. The objective is to be able to train a neural network that can detect different types of damage and predict the severity.

It's a branch of research that's done in the IQS Industrial Engineering Department. This technology can be applied to many structures such as bridges, electrical towers, or aircraft and it makes it possible to reduce maintenance costs and anticipate the structure's collapse.
I was also able to do my Final Degree Project along the same lines two years ago. The results I obtained are included in a scientific article that was published recently.

My next objective is to be able to continue on this path by completing the Doctorate at IQS.