The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s leading centres of research and innovation, has signed an agreement with Assindustria Vicenza, with the financial support of Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Studio Adacta, to allow interested companies to collaborate directly with MIT researchers on questions of relevance to their core business. And that’s not all. The agreement also includes facilitations for employing and working with MIT students and graduates through research projects, summer jobs and work placements. Participants will also have the right to access the MIT’s scientific archives and databases, follow masters and other educational programmes, and evaluate possible applications for the latest scientific discoveries in economic and company terms. Mevis is in the forefront of this initiative and is particularly interested in the latest developments in materials and processes which are especially challenging for an in-house R&D department to investigate. Thanks to this agreement with the MIT, Mevis has already had the opportunity to discuss these issues with a 35 year old professor who demonstrated a knowledge of welding processes well beyond all expectations.