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Published: 25 June 2015

Researcher announced as one of Italy’s top ten young researchers

Dr Basilio Lenzo has been recognised as an MIT ‘Innovator Under 35 Italy’.

A postdoctoral researcher in the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Dr Lenzo has not only been singled out as one of Italy’s ten most impressive young innovators, but has also been invited to take part in a unique exchange opportunity with the highly acclaimed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. A special honour given to the top two innovators in the awards, this will enable him to meet and engage with engineers and entrepreneurs working in his field.

Established in 1999, MIT Innovators Under 35 sets out to recognise outstanding young innovators developing new technology or applying existing technologies in creative ways to solve problems. Spanning a wide range of fields and taking place in countries around the world, the scheme seeks out individuals whose superb technical work has the potential to shape the coming decades.

As one of the top ten innovators selected in Italy, Dr Lenzo’s work, which focuses on advanced vehicle dynamics and control, has been published in the MIT Technology Review Italia and online. He was also invited to present his project at the Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum in April in Padua, Italy, where he received his award from the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi before being announced as one of the top two innovators overall.

He said, “When I received the email asking me to participate in the ceremony as a winner, I was very happy. But I had an even stronger emotion when, at the end of the ceremony, they announced the names of the two people also awarded with the MIT exchange: I did not expect to be called! I am grateful to the commission and I am looking forward to going to Boston and make the most of this unique opportunity.”

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