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SME Education Foundation to Sponsor the 2015 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards Call for Papers

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(DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 28, 2015) — The SME Education Foundation is lending its support to the Italian Trade Agency’s by helping promote its 2015 call for papers for the agency’s Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards.

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, which is in line with the SME Education Foundation’s overall mission of inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists by investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs and student scholarships.

The annual competition is intended for upper-level students attending premier North American universities. For the competition, students are asked to write a thesis on the relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering-related industries and the issues they face. The submitted 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 and tolerancing (GD&T) to lower manufacturing costs.
  • Robotics: Research and development focuses on autonomy, automation and dynamic/kinematic programming.
  • Additive technologies in high-precision metallic parts manufacturing.

Four best-paper winners will receive a complimentary, one-week trip to Italy, with activities scheduled Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2015. 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 paper submission deadline is Oct. 19, 2015. Winners will be announced no later than Oct. 31, 2015. For complete program details, please click here.

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 Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or


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