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May 16, 2011 - Italian Trade Commission awarded 8 U.S. college students, winners of Fourth Annual Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), a 2-week trip to Italy from July 4-16. Students will visit top machine tool companies and participate in international engineering program. Competition asks upper-level students attending North American universities to write thesis on relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering related industries and issues they face.

North American Students Win IMTTA Award to Study Advanced International Engineering in Italy


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Press release date: May 10, 2011

The Italian Trade Commission has awarded eight U.S. College students a two-week trip to Italy, July 4-16, to visit top machine tool companies, and participate in an advanced international engineering program offered at Politecnico University-Milan, Italy.

CHICAGO, Ill. DEARBORN, Mich. - We are pleased to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA). They are: Joseph Akyeampong, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C.; Brandon Christeson, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; Rachel Decker, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; Cory M. Hayes, Kettering University, Flint, Mich., Mitchell Krogman, Kettering University, Flint, Mich.; Dylan Schmitter, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., William Seldon, Kettering University, Flint, Mich., and Carl G. Simonsen, University of Colorado, Denver, Colo.

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.

The Italian Trade Commission, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PROSDURRE, and the Politecnico University of Milan will host an award ceremony at Milan's Museum of Science and Technology in July 2011 in Milan.

Winners of the IMTTA selected as having the best papers have been awarded a two-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled for July 4-15, 2011. Students will visit top Italian companies in the machine tool industry and take part in an advanced international engineering program at the Polytechnic of Milan. The students will be accompanied by Professor Daw Alwerfalli, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich. and Professor Luis Rafael Sanchez, University of Colorado, Denver, Colo.

The trip is 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 ), Polytechnic of Milan and in the United States, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation (SME-EF).

Italy is one of the world's 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 Italian machinery manufacturers provides 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 2011 trip includes company tours and discussions with machine tool machinery manufacturers located throughout Italy concluding with the Politecnico University of Milan 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 Commission's Chicago office said, "We are supporting the growth and stability of advanced manufacturing in the global community. Now in its fourth year, our award collaborations have been very successful in expanding career potential for students and providing the necessary global view for academics."

About The Italian Trade Commission: The Italian Trade Commission (I.C.E., Istituto nazionale per il Commercio Estero) 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 Commission's educational programs are based on the following pillars: research, innovation, communication and quality control of training processes. The Commission has agreements and programs with Italian Regions and local governments for the education and training of technical personnel, students and firms. Visit http://www.italtrade.com/usa.

About the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products: 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.

About the Politecnico di Milano: The Politecnico di Milano is a science and technology university producing engineers, architects and industrial designers through a variety of innovative specialized courses, with great attention being devoted to all elements of education. The Politecnico di Milano has its core focus on quality and innovation in teaching and research, resulting in a prolific relationship with the economic and manufacturing worlds through experimental research and technology transfer. www.polimi.it

About the SME Education Foundation: The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit www.smeef.org. Also visit www.CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing careers and our award-winning website for young people, www.ManufacturingisCool.com.

Questions or comments may be directed to the SME Education Foundation by phone 313.425.3300, or email at foundation@sme.org.
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