CHICAGO, Ill. May 2017 — A "Call for Papers" for the 2017 Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA) is announced by the Italian Trade Agency via its Chicago USA Office (ITA –, and its partners.
Initiated in 2001, the IPTA program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier US universities to write a thesis on the subject of Innovation (Technical) in the Packaging Machinery Industry. Two (2) Student Winners will be selected and accompanied by one (1) US faculty member selected by the ITA, UCIMA and SME.
Winners of the Fourteenth Italian Packaging Technology Awards (IPTA), selected as having the best papers, will be awarded a one-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled November 5th - 11th, 2017. Students will visit top Italian companies in the packaging machinery 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 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 packaging professionals.
The trip is part of the Italian Packaging Technology Awards, which is part of the international program Italian Technology Awards. The IPTA is sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency, via its Chicago Office, UCIMA (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Packaging Machinery –, and in the United States, by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
Submission Criteria:
Papers must be relevant to the disciplines surrounding packaging engineering, be based on actual case histories, and must be developed according to the topic:  Technical Innovation in the Packaging Machinery Industry.
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. Current 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, August 29th, 2017 to SME at Membership [at]
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