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ITALIAN MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2010 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Italian Trade Commission announces the winners of the Third Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA). 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) were selected as the students with the best papers and have been awarded a two-week trip to Italy March 13 - 27, 2010 visiting top Italian companies in the machine tool industry and taking part in an advanced international engineering program offered by Politecnic University of Milan, Italy.
The trip is part of the Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards program sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission - via its Chicago Office, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products), Politecnico University of Milan and the Society of Manufacturing Engineersâ Education Foundation (SMEEF).
The IMTTA program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier North American universities to write a thesis on the relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering related industries and the issues they face.
The aim of the program is to enrich the engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry to the next generation of engineering professionals.
Italy is one of the worldâs main producers of advanced manufacturing machinery systems for a wide variety of sectors and has been providing companies around the globe with innovative technologies, ideas and solutions.
The visits to the Italian machinery manufacturers provided students with a unique opportunity to experience firsthand Italian machine tool machinery and the vanguard technologies they offer, which have made Italian manufacturers recognized world leaders.
The IMTTA 2010 trip included company tours and discussions with machine tool machinery manufacturers located throughout the Italy and concludes with the Politecnico University of Milanâs certification program the second week of the program. Also included are visits to many education institutions and places for the duration of the program as well as cultural tours of various cities.
Pasquale Bova, Trade Commissioner of the Italian Trade Commissionâs Chicago Office said, âFaculty 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.â
The students will be accompanied by professors Mr. Duane Abata (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology) , Mr. Thomas Impelluso (San Diego State University) and Mr. Uchechukwu Wejinya (University of Arkansas).
The Italian Trade Commission, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, and the Politecnico University of Milan will host an awards ceremony at Milanâs Museum of Science and Technology on March 25, 2010 in Milan for this yearâs participants as part of a program to introduce the Italian Trade Commissionâs publication âThe Italian Edge: Technology for Excellenceâ.
For more information on this program, âThe Italian Edge: Technology for Excellenceâ or on other Italian Trade Commission / UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE initiatives, call 888-ITALTRADE or email email@example.com.
Additional information on the program as available will also be accessible via www.machinesitalia.org.