Call For Papers: US Universities Invited To Compete For 2019 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards

A "Call for Papers" for the 2019 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards is announced by the Italian Trade Agency via its Chicago USA Office ( and its partners.

The IMTTA program is comprised of a competition asking upper-level students attending premier U.S. universities to write a thesis on 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. Four (4) student winners and one (1) university faculty member will be selected by the ITA, UCIMU and SME.

Winners of the 9th Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards, selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled for Nov. 10-17, 2019. 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 IMTTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago and Rome Offices, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machine Tools, Robots, Automation Systems and Ancillary Products —, and in the U.S., SME —

Submission Criteria
Papers must be relevant to the disciplines surrounding mechanical engineering, be based on actual case histories and deal with one of the following suggested topics:
  • Materials for Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing including 3D printing
  • Mechatronics and robotics
  • Manufacturing system, technology, process or business model
  • Machining (traditional and nontraditional processes)
  • Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
  • Digital 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. Recent academic papers related to any of the aforementioned Submission Criteria may be submitted as well. Attachments such as footnotes, images, photocopied materials, source citations, statistics, etc., are allowed. Papers should be submitted in electronic format by Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, to SME at  

Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Students and Faculty — If Not U.S. Citizens
Students and faculty, if not U.S. citizens with passports, must already have the necessary travel documents and Visa eligibility to go to Italy and must be proficient in the English language if not native tongue.

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-accredited 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 accredited 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 SME
SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 87 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through the SME Education Foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

Media Contacts
  • Italian Trade Agency, Chicago Office, Mr. Bart Pascoli, Tel. +1 312.670.4360, Fax: 312.670.5147 –
  • UCIMU – SISTEMI PER PRODURRE – Dr. Vincenzo Lettieri, Tel. +39 02 25255306, Fax: +39 02 26255885 –
  • Questions or comments may be directed to SME Public Relations by phone +1 313.425.3000 –
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Posted by Dianna Helka on Aug 5, 2019 3:25 PM America/New_York