Massimo Tronci, born in Bari on August 1st, 1956, graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1982, got his PhD in Energy in 1991 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” where in 1988-1989 he acted also as Contract Technician at the Department of Mechanics and Aeronautics. At the end of 1989 he became Assistant Professor of Mechanical Industrial Plants at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Cassino. Back to the Department of Mechanics and Aeronautics of “La Sapienza” in 1995, he became Associate Professor of Mechanical Industrial Systems in 1998 and Full Professor in 2001 at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
He has been in charge of multiple courses, i.e. Industrial Plants, Operations Management, Maintenance Management, Safety Management and Smart Factory at the Engineering Faculties of the University of Cassino, Rome “Tor Vergata” and Rome “La Sapienza”, developing teaching and research activities in the design and management of industrial systems and of public and private organizations. He was Director of the Post-Graduation Master in “Engineering and Quality Management” at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Member of the Scientific Council and teacher in many other Post-Graduation University Masters, Coordinator of the PhDs in “Industrial Production Engineering” and in “Industrial and Management Engineering” of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
Massimo Tronci acted as Scientific Secretary of the National Advisory Committee for Engineering and Architecture Sciences of the National Research Council, as well as President of the Italian Association of Industrial Plant Teachers (AIDI) and of the Scientific Disciplinary Sector ING-IND-17- Mechanical Industrial Plants, member of the Quality Control Room of the CRUI Foundation, Coordinator of the CONPAQ (National Coordination of Quality Presidents).
Massimo Tronci’s research activity focused initially on energy systems engineering and then evolved towards industrial systems engineering, with specific focus on the analysis and improvement of corporate performance using management systems and models of excellence. In particular, he researched deeply on topics related to supply chain management, environmental sustainability, risk management, resilience engineering up to the most recent trends of Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory. Since 1983, Massimo Tronci played the role of scientific responsible in projects financed both through the public research system, and through contracts and agreements with Research Institutions and Private Companies. The research activity led to numerous publications and to a scientific profile that allowed Massimo Tronci to be appointed as the Commissioner for National Scientific Qualification for the Disciplinary Scientific Sector 09B.2 ING-IND/17 Mechanical Industrial Plants in the 2nd qualifying round and Commissioner of competitions for the position of professor in different universities.
Massimo Tronci contributed in 1989 to the foundation of the Interuniversity Research Center for Developing Countries, being member of the Board of Directors and Scientific Secretary until 1996; in this context, he collaborated with the Department for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the International Energy Agency, with the FAO and with some NGOs in different projects of the energy sector and of cooperation in developing countries. Since 1996, the research group coordinated by Massimo Tronci at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” has developed significant scientific collaborations with many international universities which led to publish original manuscripts and to present contributions at international conferences.
Massimo Tronci’s technology transfer contribution was intense and related to his activity at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to the foundation of a spin-off of Sapienza and to significant collaborations with important public and private companies. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Quality Mark Institute (IMQ), of the BoD of the spinoff of Sapienza and of RetImpresa Servizi (Confindustria Agency for the Assertion of Network Contracts). He collaborated with national authorities and institutions for planning, provision and evaluation of training initiatives on innovation, quality, environment and safety. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Italian Quality Award Association (APQI) and Vice President of the Insular Center for Quality Association (AICQ-CI), and Coordinator for the APQI of the National Awards of Excellence (Innovation, Quality, Safety) promoted by Confindustria, Coordinator of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Confindustria and INAIL “Enterprise for Innovation” and “Enterprise for Security” Awards and Member of Italcertifer’s Committee on the Protection of Impartiality.
Massimo Tronci’s experiences about quality management and quality assessment have been mainly developed in relation to University (Campus Projects, CampusOne, Crui Quacing Agency, SINAI Project of the Engineering Faculties, Sapienza Quality Course, System Evaluation Expert for Anvur) and to the Public Administration (Consultant of CiVIT on the subject of Quality in Public Administration and of standards of Public Administration Services, Member of the Inter-ministerial Supervisory Committee of ACCREDIA representing MIUR, Technical-scientific Manager for the Quality Award of Public Administration).
Massimo Tronci acted as President of the “Sapienza Quality Team” from 2009 to 2019, Member of the Quality Presidium of the LUISS University, the Evaluation Units of the Universities of Bologna, Salento and Ferrara and President of the Evaluation Unit of the University “Cà Foscari ”of Venice. He is registered in the National List of OIV members, in the List of ANVUR System Experts, in the MIUR Referee Register for the evaluation of Research Projects of national importance and the Italian Universities and evaluated many research projects and industrial investment initiatives in both public and private sectors.
The experiences of quality management and quality assessment in the industrial sector resulted in the participation in Certification Committees of various Certification Bodies (AICQ-SICEV, CSQ, ICIC, IMQ, Italcertifer, UNAVIA), in the activities of Senior Excellence Assessor for the EFQM Levels of Excellence, APQI Team Leader for the Confindustria Quality Italy Awards, Quality of Public Administration, Innovation Companies and Safety Companies (this latter in collaboration with INAIL).