Italian fellowships for Young Engineers in the US

Emanuela Barzi

ISSNAF and Consiglio Nazionale degli Ingegneri (CNI, the National Order of Engineers) will be sponsoring up to 100 internships in the US for young Italian Engineers. Between July and December 2014, interns will work for two months in some of the most prestigious Universities and research centers in the United States and Canada (MIT, INRS-Université du Quebec, Princeton, USC, UCLA, University of Utah, UIC, Northwestern and others).

The call for applications will be distributed by CNI amongst all Italian engineers in the spring.  The sponsors are hoping to place at least 10 of these interns in groups at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), in the framework of the Italian Visitor Program run by CAIF, the Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab.

ISSNAF – Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation - is the largest network of Italian researchers and scholars in the United States and Canada, with almost 4000 affiliates in 350 academic and research institutions. ISSNAF is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote scientific, academic and technological cooperation amongst Italian researchers and scholars who are active in North America and in the world of research in Italy. Amongst its founding members are four Nobel laureates and Fermilab's distinguished visiting scientist Giorgio Bellettini. Every year, ISSNAF sponsors tens of internships and postdoc fellowships and presents the "ISSNAF Awards for Young Investigators," the winners of which are honored with the Medal of Representation of the Italian President of the Republic. ISSNAF engages in activities of advocacy and networking for Italian researchers and scholars both in North America and Italy. For more information visit the ISSNAF website.

CAIF – Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab – is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization hosted at Fermilab, whose purpose is to enhance the Italian culture and talent in the US. Over the years, a number of art exhibits and chamber music and opera events have been organized at the laboratory. CAIF helps Italian students and young professionals to get advanced training in the US, and runs a summer program, established in 1985, for Physics and Engineering students under the sponsorship of DOE, INFN, the Italian US Embassy, the Sant`Anna SSSA School of Pisa, and ISSNAF. Most interns are trained at Fermilab, but trainees may be sent also to other US scientific Institutes and Laboratories. In recent years, students have been trained at the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the Space telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Langone Medical Center in New York. Scholarships have been granted to students from the universities of Bologna, Milan, Naples, Padua, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Trieste, and from the Polytechnic of Turin and Milan. For more information visit the Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab website.

Emanuela Barzi is the founder of the Fermilab’s Superconducting R&D laboratory, a world leading center in superconductor technology for particle accelerators, and the Leader of the research group born around such effort.

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