About us

ESTECO is an independent software provider, highly specialized in numerical optimization and simulation data management with a sound scientific foundation and a flexible approach to customer needs.

With 20 years’ experience, the company supports leading organizations in designing the products of the future, today.

Our smart engineering suite brings enterprise-wide solutions for design optimization, simulation data management and process integration and automation.

Our aim is to help companies excel throughout this innovation journey, providing them with leading-edge technology to master engineering complexity and accomplish the shift to agile product development. Over 300 international organizations have chosen ESTECO to consolidate specialized expertise, streamline teamwork and boost product development across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors. 

ESTECO Technologies Engineering Process

People & story


At the end of the EU funded project, the evaluation of the commercial potential of a multi-disciplinary optimization software called "Frontier" gave promising results and led to the decision of creating a new company acquiring the IP of the project. In 1999 ESTECO was founded and the platform called modeFRONTIER was brought to market.



Our partnership with IDAJ as a proficient distribution channel was key to the expansion to Asian markets and to ESTECO’s global business success. Thanks to this long-term collaboration our technology is now widely used in many primary organizations in Japan, China and Korea, which currently represent a significant share of our market.



Based in the hearth of the Detroit automotive district, our North American office was primarily founded to provide qualified local support to customers in this space. Over the years, and thanks to a growing team of highly skilled professionals, the action scope expanded to many other sectors and organizations across the US, with recent focus on the Aerospace field.



Our Indian office was opened in Pune as a hub for strengthening strategic relationships with the growing customer base in the country. Along with offering qualified local support, the branch now counts on two professional teams which closely cooperate with our HQs on software testing and development.



Working closely with customers over the years, we have achieved an in depth understanding of the governance of engineering procedures. The first generation of our enterprise technology, SOMO, was released to extend modeFRONTIER optimization capabilities into a comprehensive web-based environment for integrated management of simulation process and data.



Our enterprise technology has evolved from SOMO to VOLTA to take collaborative engineering to the next level. Acting as an engineering hub, VOLTA provides an environment tailored for digital model generation and detailed analysis that actively supports organizations in the adoption of a formal optimization-driven design approach.



With a steady yearly staff growth rate, the need for relocation to bigger premises had become evident over the years. Located in Area Science Park in Trieste – Italy, the new ESTECO Head Quarters are bigger, more functional and modern. They offer a better work environment to our employees and allow space for further development.

In 1999 three Italian engineers, Carlo Poloni, Luka Onesti and Enrico Nobile, decided to turn their knowledge in engineering design optimization, acquired during an EU funded project, into a successful commercial product. ESTECO was founded as the first spin-off of the University of Trieste.

94% university degree
56% master or postgraduate degree
17% PhD
36,7 average age

Carlo Poloni


A Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Trieste, Carlo Poloni co-founded ESTECO in 1999. He previously worked at Aeritalia and Sincrotrone Trieste and joined the University of Trieste as a researcher with a focus on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization. He has authored more than 100 papers and collaborates with international companies and organizations. He is also a member of the board of the Italian Chapter of INCOSE.

Luka Onesti


Luka Onesti graduated in Electronics Engineering at the University of Trieste and has an MBA from MIB School of Management. He collaborated as a visiting researcher at the University of Bergen (Norway), where he took part in the “Frontier” project. He later co-founded ESTECO and participated in the original modeFRONTIER development. As the company’s Chief Technology Officer, he is in charge of leading the software teams.

Enrico Nobile

Scientific Advisor

Enrico Nobile is the co-founder of ESTECO and the company's Scientific Advisor. He is also a Professor of Thermodynamics and Thermal-fluids at the University of Trieste. He has a post-graduate degree diploma from Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) in Belgium. Enrico supervised several Ph.D. theses and he collaborated with many research institutions including New Brunswick University (Canada), Kolektor Turboinštitut (SI), Politecnico di Milano and Consorzio Padova Ricerche. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications.

Our clients
  • modeFRONTIER helped optimize temperature and pressure for our new generation electric vehicle
    David Moseley
    Director, Powertrain, Lucid Motors
  • modeFRONTIER makes it easy to set up complex and multidisciplinary optimization problems
    Ashish Kumar
    Zunum Aero Founder and CEO
  • The application of modeFRONTIER to Bombardier high-speed trains leads to a highly competitive product
    Alexander Orellano
    Head of Aerodynamics at Bombardier
  • modeFRONTIER helped increase cruise speed and reduce cavitation in marine propellers
    Francesco Serra
    R&D Office, Azimut Benetti Group
  • modeFRONTIER multi-objective optimization capabilities allows us to reach a high level of performance
    Greg Garstecki
    Principal Engineer, Fabric Care Advanced Development at Whirlpool

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Working for ESTECO means being part of the global innovation process.

Our young, highly qualified team works together on developing cutting-edge engineering software used by 250+ leading organizations worldwide.