Maddalena Garrone graduated in Mechanical Engineer at Università degli studi di Genova, in Genova, Italy. The educational background is mechanical engineering, mechanical design and CAD instruments, power generation plants and technologies. She had worked for Ansaldo Energia and for the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). She has developed a solid knowledge in product design and development with different experiences both from a big-company point of view and from a start-up perspective. Her specialized activities are mechanical design (from analyzing and defining requirements and product designing to the selection of materials and components), 3D CAD design, analysis and selection of the optimal manufacturing processes and management of suppliers and clients. In D’Appolonia she is involved in product and process design, technology scouting and intelligence studies, conceptual design generation.