SAOT has acquired a very important partner for its research activities. Prof. Dr. Alfred Leipertz, Director of the Graduate School and also Head of the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the School of Engineering, signed on May 7th, 2009, a cooperation agreement with the Instituto Motori in Naples. The Instituto Motori is the only national research institute in Italy in the area of engine technology. Both SAOT and the Instituto Motori are active in the development of optical measurement techniques and its application in engine research. The institutions plan to work together on joint research projects and in the exchange of researchers and young scientists.