ENAC semester project

An ENAC semester project (4 ECTS) can be carried out during the first three semesters of the Master cycle. This course allows students to apply and consolidate their theoretical knowledge to plan and realize interdisciplinary research projects.

Students can choose between different interdisciplinary topics offered by ENAC teachers. Students have also the possibility to develop their own project ideas and have access to SKIL, a workshop environment permitting the realization of hands-on projects. Students may also choose to participate in a MAKE project for their ENAC semester project.

Students can choose to follow either an ENAC Semester Project or an ENAC Summer Workshop and integrate it into their study plan as follows:

  • Master in Civil Engineering: among the branches of Block 2
  • Master in Environmental Science and Engineering: from the range of options not included in a specialization
  • Master in Architecture: as an optional branch

In the ENAC Semester Project, the aim is that students do not only perform an interdisciplinary project, but are also are equipped with the tools to design an interdisciplinary project themselves. Student use the interdisciplinary bridges by conducting autonomously an interdisciplinary research project. The expected transversal and interdisciplinary learning outcomes of the ENAC Semester Projects are:

Practical intelligence Plan and carry out an interdisciplinary project independently; fix objectives, manage and monitor progress of work; present, discuss and communicate research results to different disciplines.
Creative intelligence Explore research questions in a wider context; develop risky hypotheses; design and defend coherent and innovative solutions.
Analytical intelligence Identify and structure the problem in a systemic way; analyze the complexity of the system; synthetize information; critically evaluate solutions and results; apply interdisciplinary knowledge to new problems or themes.
Reflective intelligence Be aware of the challenges of interdisciplinary work and develop solutions to deal with them; reflect on the relevance of different approaches and integrate tools from multiple disciplines; be aware of the social and human implications of engineers/architects; take responsibility for the environmental impacts of one’s actions and decisions; anticipate and adapt to unforeseen challenges in a project.

Students can work on an ENAC semester project individually or in groups with peers from one or more ENAC sections. ENAC semester projects can contribute to meeting mandatory requirements of the sections. Students obtain four credits for the successful completion of an ENAC semester project. In the context of the ENAC semester projects, students may also be supervised by a teacher from another EPFL school. In this case, an agreement has to be made between the respective sections.

Students choose the topic they are interested in from a list of projects provided by the teachers for the respective semester or submit their own ideas to potential supervisors. In any case, the students have to meet their teachers before the beginning of the semester (at semester start, at latest) to receive a confirmation for the supervision.

In addition to the projects below, the projects MAKE RebuiLT, Carbon Removal, Agrifood, Genorobotics, Sailowtech, and Swiss Solar Boat can also be chosen, in which case the students can contact the project coordinator for more information.


Principal teacher I (validates project) Principal teacher II  
Structural analysis of walls made of concrete rubbles from demolition
Bastien Masse Maléna Grangeot Maxence Messina Teresa
Hands-on sustainability projects in the SKIL
Cotture Samuel    
Hands-on sustainability projects in the SKIL Cotture Samuel    
Low tech project with rebuiLT Cotture Samuel   Cotture Samuel Denis Marcel
Low tech project with rebuiLT: thermoelectric stove
Cotture Samuel    
Low tech project: Phytoépuration
Cotture Samuel   Cotture Samuel Denis Marcel
3D Modelling of water and heat flow at microscale based on High resolution X-ray computed tomography
De Cesare Giovanni Turberg Pascal Turberg Pascal
Geometrical analysis of concrete rubbles from demolition
Fivet Corentin Grangeot Maxence Messina Teresa
Energetic modelization of the RebuiLT Pavilion
Khovalyg Dolaana Fivet Corentin Jean Dominique  
Investigating optimal pricing schemes for balancing the charging demand of electric ride-hailing vehicles
Maljkovic Marko Geroliminis Nikolaos  
Telescope protective cupola design & prototype
Nussbaumer Alain Vassilopoulos Anastasios Nussbaumer Alain
Comparative analysis of discrete choice models estimation using different software packages
Paschalidis Evangelos    
Cohabiter le quartier : Entre genres et générations, enquête ethnographique et architecture participative
Pattaroni Luca Delley Lucien Jean  
La ville productive : enjeux spatiaux de la souveraineté manufacturière
Pattaroni Luca Bourdon Valentin Daniel Maurice  
Nouvelle culture des espaces urbains : enquête sur le parc de la pointe de la Jonction à Genève
Pattaroni Luca Delley Lucien Jean  
Autonomous UAV Navigation and processing of airborne sensing data.
Skaloud Jan Jospin Laurent Valentin Lahaye Jesse Ray Murray
ENAC semester projects on sustainability issues, proposed by Lab of environmental and urban economics
Thalmann Philippe    
3D microstructural analysis of a material of your choice
Turberg Pascal    
Application of high resolution X-ray computed tomography (micro-CT) to the analysis of tree rings patterns in dendrochronological and forest ecosystem studies
Turberg Pascal Grossiord Charlotte  
High-resolution CT quantification of wood lignification
Turberg Pascal Grossiord Charlotte  
Performances of contrasting agents for studying water transfer in vascular plants by high resolution X-ray computed tomography
Turberg Pascal Grossiord Charlotte  
Micro-CT based bioinspired structure for composites
Vassilopoulos Anastasios Turberg Pascal Turberg Pascal
Exploring water quality in a highly agricultural catchment
von Freyberg Jana Bujak Izabela Gonin Catherine
RebuiLT 2023/24 – Préfabrication et construction de murs en paille
Zurbrügg Peter Fivet Corentin Jean Dominique Fivet Corentin Jean Dominique