Italian Technology Award Programs Hosted North American Students

The Italian Trade Commission (ITC - www.italtrade.com/usa), with several partners, made it possible for two groups of North American students and professors to gain firsthand knowledge of Italian machinery and technology for the machinery manufacturing industries of machine tools and packaging.

These Italian industries are noted for holding significant global market shares. The Italian machine tool industry ranked third as a global provider for machinery and technologies. Italian packaging machinery manufacturers provide one of every four machines worldwide.

Winners of the Third Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), selected as having the best papers, were awarded a two-week trip to Italy from March 13-27, 2010. Students visited top Italian companies in the machine tool industry and took part in an advanced international engineering program from Polytechnic of Milan.

This trip was part of the Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards, which is part of the international program Italian Technology Awards.  The IMTTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission, via its Chicago Office, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products www.ucimu.it), Polytechnic of Milan (www.polimi.it) and for the U.S. element of Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Education Foundation (SMEEF www.smeef.org).

IMTTA is comprised of a competition asking upper-level students attending premier North American universities to write a thesis on relative innovation in mechanical engineering-related industries and issues they face. The aim is to enrich the engineering education of students and advance knowledge on important industry issues to the next generation of engineering professionals.

Pasquale Bova, Trade Commissioner of the Italian Trade Commission’s Chicago Office, said, “Faculty participation provides the academics with a noteworthy opportunity to experience and learn about Italian machinery and technology and to enhance their programs by sharing such experiences upon their return to the classroom.”

Visits to Italian machinery manufacturers provided students with opportunities to experience firsthand Italian machine tool machinery and their vanguard technologies, which make Italian manufacturers world leaders. Company tours and discussions with machine tool machinery manufacturers throughout Italy were scheduled with Agusta Westland S.p.A. (www.agustawestland.com), BLM S.p.A. – BLM Group (www.blmgroup.com), Brembo S.p.A. (www.brembo.com), Breton S.p.A. (www.breton.it), COMAU S.p.A. (www.comau.com), Pama S.p.A. (www.pama.it), and Passaponti Metal Cleaning Technology S.r.l. (www.passaponti.com).

The trip concluded with Polytechnic of Milan’s certification program, visits to educational institutions and cultural tours of cities. During the second week an awards ceremony at Milan’s Museum of Science and Technology took place for students and participants in the international “Italian Technology Award” initiative, part of a program to introduce the Italian Trade Commission’s publication “The Italian Edge: Technology for Excellence.”

Packaging awards

The ninth edition of the Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA) launched at Pack Expo 2009 in Las Vegas. The program awards student winners of a writing competition (on technical innovations in packaging) with a trip to Italy to visit leading packaging machinery manufacturers. Italy is a main supplier of machinery and materials for the sector.

This summer, student winners will spend two weeks in Italy visiting leading packaging machinery manufacturers. Faculty from participating universities will accompany students.
 
During Pack Expo International in Chicago this year, students and faculty will be hosted at an awards event by program sponsors -- the Italian Trade Commission, UCIMA (Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association www.ucima.it) and, for the U.S. element, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP www.iopp.org).

For more information and for the latest metalworking and packaging technologies from Italy, contact the Italian Trade Commission, Machines Italia division, 888-ITALTRADE or via email at info@italtradeusa.com. The website www.machinesitalia.org provides information on the overall Italian Technology Award program and activities.

IMTTA winners were:

Benjamin Rainwater and Andrew Kaufman (University of Arkansas), Jacob Davis and Evan Hoglund (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology) and Nicholas Grell and Levi Lentz (San Diego State University). Accompanying the students were professors Duane Abata (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology), Thomas Impelluso (San Diego State University) and Uchechukwu Wejinya (University of Arkansas).
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