Italian Technology Awards 2016 - US Student and Faculty Winners Announced

NOVEMBER 2016 – The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) is pleased to announce the U.S. winners of the thirteenth Italian Packaging Technology Award (IPTA) . seventh Italian Machine Tool Technology Award (IMTTA) and the first-ever in the US - the Italian Glassworking Technology Award (IGTA). ITA will honor recipients for their outstanding theses submission and academic scholarship with a one-week educational and cultural trip to Italy commencing November 27th, 2016. 

The 2016 winners will join distinguished students from four other countries (Mexico, Russia, Egypt and Indonesia) in an intense education program at the Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC to discuss innovations and best practices in the machine manufacturing industry. The program will not only provide academic growth, but an excellent opportunity for practical experience in international collaboration. After which, students will tour top Italian machinery manufacturing factories and discover firsthand innovative technologies which have made Italian manufacturers recognized world leaders. Students will also be extended cultural and historic tours of various Italian cities while in Italy.

The initiative’s fundamental mission is to enrich the engineering education of U.S. students. ITA-via its Chicago Office sponsors IMTTA in collaboration with UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems & Ancillary Products). IPTA is sponsored in conjunction with the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCIMA), and ITA- via its Houston Office, the IGTA in conjunction with (GIMAV) the Italian Association of Glass-Processing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers.. As collaborative partners in the initiative, each organization is motivated to support ITA’s mission to advance knowledge globally within the machine manufacturing industry for the next generation of engineering professionals. The three award programs have received the local support and cooperation of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Upon conclusion of the program, winners may be invited to take part in 2017 activities in the US, organized by, or in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency.

2016 International Italian Technology Award U.S. Recipients:

Italian Machine Tool Awards:

Sarah Wolff,  Northwestern University
David Pritchet, Northwestern University
Stephanie Hulsey, Clemson University
Jennifer Lynn Bennett,  Northwestern University
Professor: Dr. Giorgio Bortolotto, Northwestern University

Italian Glassworking Technology Awards:

Courtney Au-Yeng, Leigh University
Sean D. McAnany, Leigh University
Charles McLaren, Leigh University
Professor: Dr. Siddha Pimputkar, Leigh University

Italian Packaging Technology Awards:

Anusuya Thinaharan, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dan Douglas Kramer, Penn State University
Michael Moorehead, California Polytechnic State University
Professor: Dr. Arthur Alves Teixeira, University of Florida

About The Italian Trade Agency: The Italian Trade Agency (ICE-Agenzia as known in Italy) is the Italian government agency entrusted with the promotion of trade, business opportunities and industrial co-operation between Italian and foreign companies. It supports the internationalization of Italian firms and their consolidation in foreign markets. The Agency's educational programs are based on the following pillars: research, innovation, communication and quality control of training processes. The Agency has agreements and programs with Italian Regions and local governments for the education and training of technical personnel, students and firms. Visit www.italtrade.com/usa.

About the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE: The objective of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products, has always been to promote the interests of the industry and the growth and spread of an entrepreneurial culture through the supply of services that are constantly updated to meet the requirements of the companies operating in this particular sector. Visit www.ucimu.it.

About the Italian Association of Glass-Processing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers - GIMAV: As an evolution of the Italian glass-making tradition, GIMAV–the Italian Association of Glass-Processing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers –represents Italian excellence in glass-making machinery today. This industry sector has expanded internationally by employing innovative technology that meets today’s marketplace needs. GIMAV’s 69 member companies are known for customizing machines to meet exacting end-user specifications—from high-rise building construction to fine arts applications. visit www.gimav.it  

About the Association of Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers: UCIMA, the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Packaging Machinery, is the national trade association that represents and supports leading Italian packaging machinery manufacturers.  These companies cover the entire range of packaging machinery production, from the food, confectionery and tobacco industries through to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, cosmetics and end-of-line technologies. The objective of UCIMA, has always been to promote the interests of the industry and the growth and spread of an entrepreneurial culture through the supply of services that are constantly updated to meet the requirements of the companies operating in this sector. Visit www.ucima.it.

About the Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC: Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC is an independent, state-recognized institution situated in the small town of Castellanza, within easy reach of Milan. The University is an important example of the tradition for initiative and entrepreneurship in this part of Italy. It was founded on the initiative of the Industrial Association of the Province of Varese and was immediately recognized for its close relationships with the business world. The university is organized in three Faculties (Business & Economics, Business Law and Management Engineering). In 1999, the university was the first non-public university to offer a bachelor in Management Engineering in Italy. Visit www.liuc.it/defaultENG.asp.  


About the SME - SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.