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Three alumni Industrial Master's students stand out at MIT

Juncal Arbelaiz, Naroa Coretti and Borja Apaolaza, send news from one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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Juncal Arbelaiz, Borja Apaolaza and Naroa Coretti at MIT PHOTO: Courtesy
17/06/19 10:43 Communication Service


The alumni students of the Master in Industrial Engineering from TecnunBorja Apaolaza, Naroa Coretti and Juncal Arbelaiz, write from Boston about their experience at MIT, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

approve Juncal Arbelaiz, PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics at MIT, is in her third year of her thesis, and explains that the "first two years were intense because there is a high issue of subjects with requirements of grade, as well as a oral examination of about 2 hours that dictates whether one can continue or not in the PhD. I am fortunate to be able to say that I managed to get through this phase of the PhD by fulfilling all the requirements, and I consider that the training I received at Tecnun played an important role in this". The irunesa makes accredited specialization to institutions that have supported her financially to be able to do the thesis in Boston: first MIT did it through a Presidential Fellowship and later La Caixa with its Postgraduate scholarship .

As if that were not enough, she has recently won a award National End of Career, a prestigious scholarship from Google in the USA, and the scholarship of excellence from the Rafael del Pino Foundation last month. In addition, she is part of the executive committee of Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT), from where they try to promote the professional development and staff of graduate women at MIT. The projects she is working on, as the young engineer specifies, are mainly at the intersection between control theory and optimization algorithms, applied to large-scale, spatially distributed dynamical systems. 

Naroa Coretti finished her Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering and left for Boston in February with the hope of "returning with a backpack full of experiences and learning". Before leaving, she said that she "hoped to return with the same anecdotes she had had at Tecnun. because the master's degree had given her a lot, and there had always been a great atmosphere".

Expectations have been fulfilled, since, as she describes, her American experience is "great, because every day is a new adventure and that makes the pace of learning totally accelerated. What's more, I come every day with a lot of enthusiasm and a thousand ideas in my head".

Naroa Coretti notes that her research focuses on how bike-sharing systems can be transformed into a more attractive and efficient solution for transportation in cities. "Specifically, I am working on an autonomous bicycle that will behave like a normal bicycle while it is being used, and will drive autonomously from the point where it has been deposited, to the point where the next Username. Turning bike sharing into an on-demand mobility system, besides making its use much more convenient, would solve the current redistribution problem with its consequent economic and ecological cost," concludes Coretti from the other side of the pond.

For his part, former student Borja Apaolaza explains that he has participated, at project Changing Places. "I have studied how we interact with the spaces in which we live and how they can be used more efficiently, given that we are heading towards a future in which cities will be densely populated. The spaces in which we live are expected to shrink, and this is why City Science is investigating ways in which, through robotic architecture and sensorization, we can achieve comfortable living in micro-apartments," says Apaolaza.

Along these lines, a few years ago the startup Ori Living was formed in City Science, directed by Hasier Larrea from San Sebastian and also a former member of student , which recently announced a very ambitious collaboration with the Swedish multinational IKEA, with a series of products that make this possible.

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