The conference is a unique opportunity in Italy for the sector operators to update on the state of the art in gold and silver production technology and to compare notes in a congenial and essentially technical environment in close contact with research institutes and Italian and foreign researchers, entrepreneurs, production managers, process consultants and academics.
Valentina Allodi is R & D Specialist of Progold S.p.A, a company that produces precious and semi-finished metal alloys in gold, platinum and titanium obtained with direct 3D printing. A point of reference in the team for innovation and research on additive metal printing, Valentina graduated with honors in Science and Technology of Innovative Materials in 2010, subsequently completing her studies with the Ph.D. in Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials.
In 2011 she won a research grant at the University of Verona and worked with the same institution as a teacher and researcher until 2015.
In Progold she proactively contributed to the research project presented at the The Santa Fè Symposium 2016 international conference entitled "Direct 3D Metal Printing: A Trip through New Opportunities and Innovative Alloys" and participated in the next edition of 2017 with the research "Why Should We Direct 3D Print Jewelry? A comparison between Two Toughts: Today and Tomorrow "
Stewart Grice is the Vice President of Mill Products at Hoover & Strong Inc. in Richmond Virginia. His qualifications include a Higher Diploma in Physics, a Bachelors Degree in Materials Science, and a Masters Degree in Metallurgy & Materials. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council of Great Britain. He co-authored the Precious Metals chapter of the ASM International Metals Handbook on Metallurgy and Microstructures, has had publications in Gold Technology and other trade journals and magazines.
He has presented eleven papers at the Santa Fe Symposium® on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, co-authored seven other papers, and is the recipient of nine awards. He has presented three papers at the Portland Jewelry Symposium. Stewart has twice presented at the MJSA "Great Minds of Jewelry" seminars.
Stewart has 25+ years of experience in the jewelry industry working in alloy and process design, technical support, and production management. He has been a member of numerous councils and committees within the jewelry industry.
Damiano Carlesso has a degree in Applied Arts obtained at the institute of art P. Selvatico of Padua. In the company he is the professional figure that inside Nuovi Gioielli designs and creates the design area.
He started his experience as a goldsmith assembling, welding and finishing operator, then formed himself as a model maker. Currently he is the designer within the company.
Stefania Trenti, graduated in Economics from the Bocconi University of Milan; she obtained an M.A. in Economic Analysis from the Strasbourg University. Since 1998, she has worked as an industrial economist at the Research Department of Intesa Sanpaolo, where she is Head of the Industry Office. Her main interests are international trade, technological innovation and environmental economics. She has authored numerous papers and articles in these areas.
Dr. Jörg Fischer-Bühner holds a PhD. in physical metallurgy and materials technology of the technical university RWTH Aachen. Since October 2007 he is active in Research & Development with Legor Group Srl, Italy, and Indutherm GmbH, Germany. Before he was Head of the Physical Metallurgy and Precious Metals Research division of FEM, the German Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry.
Andrea Friso performs at Legor Group S.p.A. as Sales Division Manager of Master Alloys. Materials engineering graduated in 2003, he starts his cooperation with Legor Group in 2004 by writing his graduation thesis about ‘innovatively colored gold alloys’. He is the company business role operating between sales force, production and R&D, relying upon matured professional experience on the different product types and their positioning on different markets. He supports sales forces on commercial planning and the achievement of objectives together with their periodic control. He cooperates with the technical and R&D dept. as for development, enhancement and promotion of products.
Dr. Ulrich E. Klotz is Diploma Engineer in Physical Metallurgy (University of Stuttgart, Germany) and holds a PhD in Materials Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is Head of the Department of Physical Metallurgy at the Research Institute for Precious Metals & Metals Chemistry (fem) in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany