GIMAV participated in the Italian Technology Awards for the third consecutive year by hosting North American students and professors who were interested and enthusiastic about their visits to member firms.

The delegation of U.S. and Canadian students, winners of the 2018 Italian Technology Awards (organized by ITA – Italian Trade Agency as part of the Machines Italia project), accompanied by two of their professors, were hosted in Italy from November 4-11.

After an initial study day in Como at Villa Del Grumello, and a visit to ComoNExT, Digital Innovation Hub and startup incubator, the Glassworking Group, the winners began their tour of several GIMAV member companies.

The group was made up of students Zachary Ackerman and Jessie Kaczmarek from Robert Morris University in Moon, Pa., accompanied by Professor Arif Sirinterlikci, and Gabriel Alejandro Peña Tijerina, from Concordia University in Montreal, accompanied by Professor Carmela Cucuzzella.

“The decision to participate for the third time in the Italian Technology Awards was a natural one. This outstanding activity, organized to perfection by ITA, allows students from around the globe to experience an often unknown world, like that of machinery and, specifically, to see in person the uniqueness of Italian-made glass industry products,” says GIMAV director Laura Biason. “Each year our members are more and more eager to host the delegations of students and professors and it is increasingly difficult to choose from among the many offers, given the short amount of time available and the distances to be traveled during the days set aside for this. We thank our members for the warm welcome extended to the guests, for the time dedicated to them and for the passion conveyed in illustrating their activities. Every year the feedback from the students and faculty is enthusiastic, and this reaffirms the importance of the program and motivates us to continue on this path of hospitality and partnership with international universities.”