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IEEE Italy Section School of CAREER BOOSTING

The IEEE Italy Section, in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento (Italy), organizes the third edition of the IEEE Italy Section School of Career Boosting.

The School aims at providing to young graduates in Laurea Magistrale (Master degree) or Dottorato di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in technical or scientific fields a basic overview about modern approaches to organizational and human resources management. The School provides a great chance not only for learning new skills but also for networking and sharing experiences.

The IEEE Italy Section School of Career Boosting will be held at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento, from February 15 to February 19, 2016. The venue will be at the Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico "Fabio Ferrari", via Sommarive 5, Trento (Italy).

A maximum of 30 participants will be admitted in the School, which will be activated if a minimum of 15 participants will be enrolled.


The School aims at:

  • providing critical knowledge and skills about modern approaches to organizational and human resources management
  • providing selected information useful to support the participants to boost their careers


The School offers participants the opportunity to acquire basic skills in a broad range of topics, including (but not limiting to) the following:

  • career support
  • entrepreneurship
  • organizational management
  • project management
  • quality engineering
  • innovation management
  • human resources management

Program and educational resources

The lectures will be held at the Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico "Fabio Ferrari" (Povo 1 building, via Sommarive 5, Povo, Trento), in the room A203.

Monday, February 15, 2016
08.00 Registration
09.00 School Opening
09.30 Fundamentals for boosting a successful career
Lecturer: Emanuele Marchi, Zobele Group (Zobele Holding Spa), Italy


  • Basics of company organization: how companies look and how they work
  • Motivational factors for the employees: what is driving persons in their careers?, How to better pursue professional goals
  • Expected (and valuable) key competences: which are the competences you must develop to be successful?
  • The employment life cycle: joining, growing and leaving companies (employability vs. employment)
  • Internal communication: how the communication flows inside the organizations
14.30 (Fundamentals for boosting a successful career)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
08.30 Project management: fundamentals and case studies (*)
Lecturer: Andrea Molinari, University of Trento, Italy


The aim of the lesson is to introduce the issues related to project management as a applicative discipline, tying some theoretical foundations with practical applications, case studies and tools to support the Project Management itself. Main methodological tools for project management will then be presented, complemented with some theoretical concepts of project management that are the basis of the activities of the Project Manager: running a project, management of time and resources, reporting and closure of a project. The themes are then supplemented by the presentation of the initiatives of the Project Management Institute (PMI), an internationally recognized authority, and Northern Italy Chapter, with discussion of case studies and best practices of the PMI experts.

Educational resources

14.30 (Project management: fundamentals and case studies)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
08.30 Planning and building real options into projects, products and systems
Lecturer: Mikael Collan, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland


  • Introduction to real options
  • What is planning real options ex-ante into projects / products / systems (platforms)
  • Industrial cases with real world real options
  • Short introduction to real option valuation

Educational resources

14.30 Methodologies for systematic inventing
Lecturer: Leonid Chechurin, St.Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russia; Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland


Any design of something new, whether it is a mathematical proof, software or turbine requires creativity and ideation. We focus on approaches to systematic creativity, tricks, methods, principles and strategies to enforce the inventive thinking. Review on them and intro of TRIZ, the theory for inventive problem solving are given. Projections onto Artificial Intelligence, text mining and automated creativity are discussed.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
08.30 Project Management, certifications and best practices: the Project management Institute (PMI) (*)
Lecturer: Stefano Setti, Northern Italy Chapter, Project Management Institute, Italy


The aim of this presentation is to provide an overview of the most popular association of project management: the Project Management Institute (PMI). In particular, the following topics will be illustrated to the attendees:

  • PMI: past, present and future
  • Overview of the professional credentials (e.g. PMP)
  • Overview of the standards and best practices (e.g. PMBoK)
  • Emerging trends within project, program and portfolio management
14.30 Guided tour at a MAHLE Componenti Motori Italia S.p.A.


MAHLE Componenti Motori Italia S.p.A., via Aichner 9, Trento (Italy)

The success story begins in 1920 when pistons made of heavy gray cast iron were being used in internal combustion engines for automobiles. The Mahle brothers countered this trend by producing light-alloy pistons at their small, newly established company—but the technology is still finicky and problems come up frequently. To keep dirt and dust out of the engine, they eventually developed air and oil filters as well. Their perseverance paid off: the light-alloy pistons began to take over the market.

Nowadays, half of all automobiles produced worldwide contain MAHLE components. MAHLE has developed from a small test workshop to a technologically leading, globally active Group.

Friday, February 19, 2016
08.30 From student to young professional: what to expect from working life
Lecturer: Attilio Marchi, University of Trento, Italy


The aim of this lecture is to provide some fundamental insights about typical expectations of working market.

14.30 Personal Branding
Lecturer: Chiara Lombardo, Job Guidance, University of Trento, Italy


  • The personal branding: what is the personal branding. How to build a good on-line reputation. Strategies to develop an effective career plan
  • A Successful professional application: the strategic importance of the CV and cover letter. How to write an effective CV and cover letter
  • Going for professional interviews: tips and tricks to prepare a good interview
17.30 School Closing
  (*) The school will issue a certificate that can be used for accessing the PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
(CAPM)® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. In order to apply for the CAPM®, you need to have at least 1,500 hours of project experience OR 23 hours of certified project management education (for more information please see,

Attendance rules

The School requires a full-time student commitment.

The lectures of the School can be either in Italian or in English.

At the end of the School participants will receive a certificate of attendance; the certificate will be issued upon verification of the signatures daily taken during the classes.

Target audience and eligibility

The School is open to young graduates in Laurea Magistrale (Master degree) or Dottorato di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in technical or scientific fields, which have not reached their 35th birthday at the starting date of the School.

Admission to the School is decided on the basis of:

  • the academic certificate (a copy of the graduation diploma or an equivalent certificate with the final grade, for Ph.D. students; a copy of the transcript with examination grades, for M.Sc. students)
  • the curriculum vitae (CV), preferably prepared according to the EUROPASS format

The copy of the graduation diploma (or the equivalent certificate with the final grade), the copy of the transcript with examination grades and the CV will have to be uploaded through the online application form (that will be available, on this webpage, as soon as possible).

Participants must be EU citizens. Non-EU citizens can be also admitted, but they will be required to upload (through the online application form) a copy of their valid permit of stay for EU Countries or a copy of their passport (with Schengen visa, if required).

Applications are also accepted from EU students who expect to complete their degree in a short time.

Application and registration


The application to the School requires filling out the online form available at this web page; once the deadline has expired, the application online form will be automatically disabled.

Mandatory attachments:

  • identifying document (ID), for EU citizens; valid permit of stay, or passport (with Schengen visa details, if required), for non-EU citizens
  • academic certificate (a copy of the graduation diploma or an equivalent certificate with the final grade, for Ph.D. students; or a copy of the transcript with examination grades, for M.Sc. students)
  • curriculum vitae (EUROPASS format)
  • cover (motivational) letter

The application deadline has been postponed to December 15, 2015, 12.00 Italian time (previous deadline December 9, 2015).


The applicants will be notified about admission by December 18, 2015 (previous deadline December 14, 2015).

The admitted applicants who intend to confirm the participation have to send an e-mail to the Organizing Secretariat by December 29, 2015 (previous deadline December 23, 2015). The e-mail with the participation confirmation will be valid as registration to the School.

The admitted students who do not send the e-mail within the deadline (December 29, 2015) will loose the right to attend the School, and the corresponding place will be offered to the next student.

The participation to the School is free of charge.

The admitted students will be provided with course materials and access to the University of Trento wireless network.

Meals, accommodation and transportations are not covered by the School.

University of Trento
Department of Industrial Engineering
Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico
"Fabio Ferrari"
Trento, Italy


Important dates
December 15: application deadline
December 18: admission notification
December 29: registration deadline


Scientific Coordination
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Trento

Organizing Secretariat
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University of Trento