Polimi international students: USA

Polimi international students: USA

August 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi, my name is Timothy, I’m from the
United States near Philadelphia and I am a recent graduate from the Master’s
programme in Product Design here at the Politecnico di Milano and I also had the
opportunity to participate in Alta Scuola Politecnica. Number one, Politecnico
has an excellent program in design but, in addition, I really wanted
to have an experience that was very different from my previous degree and
studying in Milan really opened up my perspective to Europe and to the
culture here. I was really surprised to see all the different dimensions of
Milan, I remember going to Design Week in April and seeing, you know, every major
designer represented here, big product launches, big events, parties and I was
surprised and impressed frankly that at just how lively Milan is; it’s a small
town but at times it feels like the center of the World. When you come to
study at Politecnico your classroom extends beyond this building,
the whole city is your classroom, frankly. Here at the School of
Design there are a series of different laboratories where you can work with
your hands. Throughout my experience here in the master’s programme I often came to
the laboratory to work with my teammates, to build models or to experiment with
materials. I for one love working with my hands and was able to come here many
times throughout the master’s programme to realize prototypes or to experiment with
materials. While studying in Milan I had the
opportunity to work with a team at the Alta Scuola Politecnica and we
developed a new process to 3D print on stretched textiles to generate unusual
undulating forms and I also worked on that research, I
developed that research throughout my thesis project here in the School of
Design. It’s up to you as a student to decide what you want to use, what you
want to explore, who you want to work with. I think one of the differences
between an American University and a state university like Politecnico di
Milano, the students here are challenged to define their own path. It may feel
crazy to move so far away from home, away from family and friends but very quickly
at Politecnico new groups are formed, new friendships are made and I felt very
welcomed here by my Italian friends and a number of other international students,
they were experiencing the same thing that I was. In one of my groups there
were seven students (Russian, Iranian, Armenian, Ukrainian, me, the
American, and two Italians and we would sit around and sometimes it felt like
the United Nations. If you make the move here, enroll in a programme, I think there’s
a lot you can gain. All those challenges you go through to come to a place like
this, they’re worth it because in the end it’s really an incredible experience.