SME-Sponsored Program honors students with trip to Italy.

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Six U.S. college students were awarded 2 week trip to Italy, March 13-27, as part of 3rd Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards, sponsored by Italian Trade Commission, Politecnico University of Milan, and SME Education Foundation. Award program aims to enrich engineering education of students and advance their knowledge of industry issues. Students will visit top Italian companies in the machine tool industry, participate in university engineering program, and attend awards ceremony.

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Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards - February 2010

The Italian Trade Commission has awarded six U.S. college students a two-week trip to Italy, March 13-27, to visit top machine tool companies, and participate in an advanced international engineering program offered at Politecnic University-Milan, Italy.

CHICAGO, Ill. DEARBORN, Mich. - We are pleased to announce the winners of the Third Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA). They are: Benjamin Rainwater and Andrew Kaufman at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.; Jacob Davis and Evan Hoglund at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, S.D., and Nicholas Grell and Levi Lentz at San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif. They were selected as 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 Engineers Education Foundation.

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 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 2010 trip includes company tours and discussions with machine tool machinery manufacturers located throughout Italy concluding with Politecnico University of Milan's 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, "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."

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 award ceremony at Milan's Museum of Science and Technology on March 25, 2010 in Milan for this year's participants as part of a program to introduce the Italian Trade Commission's publication, "The Italian Edge: Technology for Excellence."

For more information on this program, "The Italian Edge: Technology for Excellence" or on other Italian Trade Commission / UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE initiatives, call 888-ITALTRADE or e-mail to

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

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.

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 $29 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit and award-winning Web site for young people -


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