Distinguished North American Students Win Italian Technology Award to Study Advanced Engineering in Italy
November 2019 – The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) is pleased to announce the North American winners of its annual technology awards (see Attachment A in the PDF for a full list). Essays by engineering students based in several renowned Universities in Canada, Mexico and the United States were selected by panels of Italian experts for their outstanding quality and innovativeness. Five scholars and eighteen students receiving the award have been honored with a one-week educational trip to Northern Italy commencing November 10th, 2019. The initiative’s fundamental mission is to enrich the engineering education of North American students while providing a fast track to the academic research conducted by students all the way through a ready audience of Italian machinery manufacturers, for their consideration and potential implementation. Among this year’s awarded projects some can be mentioned by way of example. In the area of machine tools, the development of an IoT architecture for automated machining process controls enhances tool life in turning operations. In the glassworking sector included, new methods to synthesize BixFesOo nanoparticles ex-situ and conduct preliminary neutron diffraction experiments helping to determine the expected signal strength of glass crystals. The 2019 winners will join distinguished students from other countries in an intense education program at the ICRIM - International Center of Research on International Management (Milan, Italy) to discuss innovations and best practices in the machine manufacturing industry. The program will not only provide academic growth but also an excellent opportunity for practical experience in international collaboration. Divided into groups according to their specialization, students will then tour top Italian machinery manufacturing factories and discover first-hand innovative technologies which have made Italian manufacturers recognized world leaders. The exposure to these ecosystems is another fundamental feature of the program, useful to disseminate awareness and create long-lasting relationships. The awards are sponsored by ITA via its offices in Chicago and Houston for the US, Toronto for Canada and Mexico City for Mexico. A wide range of partners, both in Northern American countries and in Italy, helps with making them possible (see details in Attachment B in the PDF). To learn about the Italian industrial machinery sector, please visit and register with www.machinesitalia.org For real time updates during the Award Program in Italy, follow us on Twitter @ITAtradeagency @ITAChicago @ITAHouston @ITAMachines @ITAMexico_ and @ITAToronto.