Meet Aitor Palomanes, winner of the first Bellapart Grant

Friday 9th of July 2021

This week, we have met with Aitor Palomanes, the winner of the Bellapart Grant 2020. As a student of the Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MMS) Master of Science, this scholarship has allowed Aitor to complete his master thesis on a topic proposed by Bellapart, at Bellapart’s headquarters.

We look forward to finding out more about him, why did he chose engineering as a career, what drove him to the MMS Master and the Bellapart Grant and how his final project is developing in Bellapart.


– Aitor, tell us about yourself, what is your background?

Aitor– I am a mechanical engineer, I studied my bachelor’s degree at Universitat de Girona, I started on 2016 and I finished last year, 2020.

– How did you come to study Master MMS?

Aitor-I wanted to expand more my knowledge in materials and in mechanics of materials. I heard good references about this master, it interested me and I applied. And I really like it.

– So you are happy with your choice.

Aitor– Yes, I am.

– About your path, your career, what do you love the most of being an engineer?

Aitor– Being able to face technical challenging problems and then overcoming them. Those are some problems that not a lot of people can face.

– That its absolutely true!

Aitor– And I find this really enjoyable. All the process, from the difficult part of thinking how do I have to do things to the part where I solve it and it works, of course.

– What drove you to apply to the Bellapart Grant?

Aitor– I heard good references about Bellapart during my Bachelor’s Degree, and also from some colleagues that work here. So I wanted to give it a try! I did some research, and the first building that I looked into was the Bombay Sapphire Glasshouses and it impressed me.

– How is it going so far?

Aitor– I have almost finished the master and it’s been good. Due to the pandemic we did it in dual mode: some of us on the classroom and some from their homes (in their countries). Even though the situation is not ideal, I think that it is really interesting to know people from other countries and this master allowed us to do so.

– How about your master’s final project?

Aitor– The project is really interesting and very challenging! Because there is a lot of technical difficulties that we don’t exactly know how to solve them yet.

– What’s the best thing about the Master + Bellapart experience?

Aitor– The best thing is being able to apply the academic background that I have in mechanical engineering and what I have learnt on the master to a real case.
The project involves simulations and using software that I studied on the master. Now I have the opportunity to apply all that academic knowledge in a real work situation, where I can produce at a company level and it is really enriching.

– What would you like to share with future applicants of the Bellapart Grant?

Aitor– This is a great opportunity! Bellapart is a great company, they are doing incredible projects and being able to get in touch with those projects and combine that with the things that you learn in the master I believe is a really interesting scenario that I recommend to everyone

– Thank you very much Aitor for sharing your experience! See you on the informative webinar that will take place on July 21, 2021 (Informative webinar of the Bellapart Grant)

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