The valorisation of people who devote themselves to innovation within Leonardo and its network is one of the main engines needed for the development and advancement of our technological expertise, and a key resource for maintaining our competitive advantage.
This is why Leonardo has sponsored for over 10 years now, an in-house “Innovation Award”, offering colleagues worldwide the opportunity to present new ideas and be recognised for their contribution towards the Company’s continuous progress.
For the second year in a row, the Company has decided to open up this competition to university students, recent graduates and PhD candidates focused on engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science and chemistry to offer a stimulus to generate new ideas as well as a privileged channel to get acquainted by the Company. Many responded enthusiastically to the innovation challenge launched by Leonardo.
During the awards ceremony, which took place on 25 January 2017 in Rome, the winners were recognised by the Italian Minister for Education, Universities and Research Valeria Fedeli and Leonardo’s Top Management in the presence of important guests from the scientific and research world. All the winners who are young students in addition to receiving a cash prize were also offered an internship with the Group.
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LEONARDO GROUP WINNERS
CATEGORY INCREMENTAL INNOVATION
Dss-irst: a new infrared search & track system based on multiple distributed sensors, passive ranging capability and a new detection and track processing.
Ambrogio Pozzi (Airborne & Space Systems Division - Leonardo) e Gianni Barani (Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division - Leonardo)
CATEGORY RADICAL INNOVATION
Bi-band x and ka antenna for radar applications.
Anna Genovese (Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division - Leonardo)
Protective film in nano-composite material with surface extension graphene particles.
Michele Iannone ed Emanuele Vitiellio (Aircraft Division - Leonardo)
CATEGORY BEST PATENT
Ground station, network and method for a unified ground-to-air and air-to-ground communication system operating in vhf data link mode 2.
Pierluigi Fantappie’ (Security & Information Systems Division - Leonardo)
WINNERS IN THE PhD STUDENTS CATEGORY
First Prize: Federico Bella (Politecnico Di Torino – Department Of Applied Science And Technology)
Project name: Solar-battery integration with photopolymers
Second Prize: Arnaud Gigot (Politecnico Di Torino – Science And Technology Of Materials)
Project name: TIGRE: tastiera genera energia - energy generating keyboard
Third Prize: Marco Natali (Universita’ La Sapienza Di Roma – Nanoscience And Electromagnetism)
Project name: Synthesis of nano-structured c/si materials for optimised electrodes for lithium batteries
WINNERS IN THE STUDENTS/RECENT GRADUATES CATEGORY
First Prize: Pierluigi Sidella (Politecnico Di Bari – Master’s Degree In Electrical Engineering)
Project name: Converter with low switching losses to high-speed power, three-phase electric motors for aeronautics applications
Second Prize: Marco Verrecchia (Universita’ Degli Studi Di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale – Master’s Degree In Energy Engineering)
Project name: Optimisation of the post machining process of rotor parts in titanium alloy
Third Prize: Stefano Fabrizio (Universita’ Degli Studi del Sannio – Master’s Degree In Energy Engineering)
Project name: Energy harvesting through magnetostrictive materials
“LEONARDO FOR YOUNG PEOPLE” RECOGNITION
Winning Team: Enrico Caprioglio, Alessandro Coppa, Riccardo Roggero (Istituto “Ascanio Sobrero” - Casale Monferrato, Alessandria)
Project name: Magnetic attraction: nanotechnology strategies for water treatment