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A Call for Papers for North American universities announced for the Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards

DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2014 — In support of the Italian Trade Agency’s (ITA) "Call for Papers" for the 2014 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), the SME Education Foundation will award scholarships to the top winners.

The IMTTA program is 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 goal of the program is to enrich the engineering education of students and advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry to the next generation of engineering professionals.

The SME Education Foundation is backing this initiative with scholarships to support these future mechanical engineers; the Foundation is committed to advancing manufacturing education and the IMTTA aligns with that mission.

Winners of the Fifth Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a two-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled June 29 to July 12, 2014. Students will visit top Italian companies in the machine tool industry, take part in an advanced educational program at the Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC along with a number of cultural activities in various Italian cities. The Foundation scholarship is in addition to the trip.

Upon conclusion of the program, selected winners and faculty present at IMTS 2014, will be invited to the Italian Machine Tool Conference Dinner, taking place at Chicago’s Drake Hotel on Sept. 10, 2014.

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 Agency, via its Chicago Office, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products) and in the United States, the 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:
• Mechatronics and the Role of Mechanical Engineers;
• The use of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) to lower manufacturing costs;
• Robotics: Research &Development focuses on autonomy, automation, and dynamic/kinematic programming;
• Additive technologies in high precision metallic parts 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 Friday, May 9, 2014 to Mr. Rodney Grover of the SME Education Foundation at

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

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 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

About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at Also visit for information on advanced manufacturing careers and, our award-winning website for young people. Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter


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