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Call for Papers: North American Universities Invited to Compete for 2011 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards

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A Call for Papers is announced by the Italian Trade Commission for the Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards

CHICAGO, Ill. DEARBORN, Mich., February 6, 2011 — A "Call for Papers" for the 2011 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA) is announced by the Italian Trade Commission via its Chicago USA Office (ITC –, and its partners.

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.

Winners of the Fourth Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), selected as having the best papers, will be 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 from Polytechnic of Milan.

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).

Submission Criteria:

Papers must be relevant to the disciplines surrounding mechanical engineering, be based on actual case histories, and developed according to the following suggested topics:

  • The Use of Computer Aided Design (CAD), to model and analyze machine components so as to design against fatigue, that is, designing the product or machine to function without failure for its entire expected life;
  • Mechanical Engineering and their work in manufacturing plants;
  • Oversight of the daily operations of a manufacturing plant with the emphasis on finding the most efficient way to convert raw materials into consumer goods;
  • Sustainable manufacturing;
  • Information and communications technology (ICT), enabled Intelligent Manufacturing;
  • High performance manufacturing, and
  • Exploiting new materials through manufacturing.

Faculties may decide to integrate this contest into current academic courses, allowing selected students accreditation for their work.

Paper Requirements:

Submitted papers would ideally be between 10-12 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. However, paper length considerations can be given due to time constraints. Attachments such as footnotes, images, photocopied materials, source citations, statistics, etc., are allowed. Papers should be submitted in electronic format by March 18, 2011 to the SME Education Foundation at

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. Visit

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. Visit

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 Also visit for information on advanced manufacturing careers and our award-winning website for young people,

Media Contacts:

Italian Trade Commission, Chicago Office, Mr. Bart Pascoli, 888.482.5872 (ITALTRADE), Fax: 312.264.6209 –

UCIMU – SISTEMI PER PRODURRE – Dr. Mattia Puppi, +39 02 25255306, Fax: +39 02 26255885 –

Questions or comments may be directed to the SME Education Foundation by phone 313.425.3300, or email at Note to Editors: jpeg photos available upon request.


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