Explore Italy's cutting edge and excellent industrial side in an essay titled The Italian Edge: Technology For Excellence . 114 pages and worth a read.
More here at The Italian Edge.
The positions claimed in the essay is why I began this blog. When you say engineering you think German, Japanese and American. You may even think British and to a lesser extent French. But Italian, or the Italy brand, is every bit the equal of those great engineering societies. Italy has a long and proud historical legacy in technology and it's no surprise they are key players in this area.
Mechatronics is a design process (begun in Japan) that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering, that is to say, it rejects splitting engineering into separate disciplines.
If you would like a copy of the book please go here.
I will getting myself a copy.