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In 2009 Alessandro enrolled to study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) where he graduated from in July 2013 with a BScEng (Mechanical). Together with two other students, Alessandro’s final year project consisted of locating the focal point of a parabolic dish autonomously. This project arose from the Physics department at UKZN needing a more sophisticated, faster method to locate this point. Up until then they had to calculate it by hand.
Even prior to starting his undergraduate degree, Alessandro had always wanted to specialise in Sports Engineering, a branch of mechanical engineering that focuses specifically to equipment used in the sports industry. In October 2013, he moved to Cape Town to further his studies in this department. He enrolled to study an MScEng(Mechanical) at the Blast Impact & Survivability Research Unit (BISRU) at the University of Cape Town.
Supervisor: Prof. G. Nurick
Early in 2014, Alessandro met with a representative from Cricket South Africa (CSA). He was tasked with producing a system capable of locating the point of impact between the bat and ball during elite player's training sessions. This system uses a combination of image processing cameras, mounted on the net frame as well as electronics on the bat itself to measure various parameters such as: point of impact; force of impact; bat swing plane; impact going along the bat swing plane. This data will be available to coaches during the training sessions, as well as stored onto a database for future review. He plans to graduate in December 2015.