Progetto Rocca - MIT-Italy


On September 2015, Dr Gianfelice Rocca and MIT President Rafael Reif extended the Progetto Rocca until 2020.  With this renewal, the Fondazione Fratelli Agostino ed Enrico Rocca
will have contributed $3.9 million over 15 years in support of the MIT-POLIMI partnership. The foundation honors the memory of MIT alumnus Roberto Rocca.
According to President Reif, “MIT’s partnership with POLIMI has yielded wonderful opportunities for our faculty, postdocs, and students to collaborate with their counterparts in Italy in addressing common challenges in engineering and science. We remain grateful for the Fondazione’s continued commitment to creating such meaningful pathways for collaboration in problem-solving.”
Gianfelice Rocca, the son of Roberto Rocca, and one of Italy’s leading industrialists, paid special tribute to MIT for establishing this program: "The Fondazione has been delighted to see such a robust and productive partnership develop between MIT and the Politecnico over the last decade, and looks forward to confirming its support to this initiative in the name of Roberto Rocca."


On June 23rd, 2015, the Progetto Rocca celebrated its 10th anniversary at POLIMI.  After a Welcome by Politecnico president Giovanni Azzone and a slide presentation on bringing together engineering and life science by Susan Hockfield –MIT president Emerita--a round table of MIT and Polimi faculty—Luca Daniel, Maria Vittoria Diamanti, Paolo Maffezzoni, Alberto Redaelli and Marco Santambrogio--  discussed the collaboration they launched with the Progetto’s support.  Gianfelice Rocca, Techint and Assolombarda Group president,  concluded by outlining the Progetto’s goals for the near future and announcing the Fondazione Rocca’s renewed support for the next. Looking forward to 5 more years of excellence!
To get an idea of the Progetto’s growth in its first ten years, please watch the video that illustrates its milestones and celebrates its achievements through the words of many of its fellows:


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