Giorgio Marcatili was born in Rome in the past century, although he doesn’t look his age and can still boast a head of hair of its natural colour. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and gained a Master in Business Administration, and has an deep passion for the sea and for building things. As a child he would tear apart anything he could get a hold of (of course, never putting them back together again), for the delight of his parents, who must have spent a fortune on mixers and other equipment sacrificed to knowledge. His passion for the sea led him first to serve as a naval officer, then to practise surfing and, finally, kite surfing, around the world, which he still engages in with some rather good results. Last but not least, the need to keep his head above water convinced him to accept the job as technical director of the family business, where he was responsible for supervising construction sites all over the country, although he later set up his own business producing semi-finished and finished products for the nautical sector, specialising in the automated production of boards for surfing and kite surfing, and similar frivolities. He has always had an interest in all things mechanical and electronic and in programming, designing his first numerical control machine at an early age, for windsurf fins. This passion never abandoned him and, later on in his life, manufacturing automatic machines became his raison d’être. His products are all strictly digitally designed, and machine made, because he believes that manual labour weakens rather than strenghthens man, so it’s best to make a machine do all the hard work. Dragged into Rufa unaware, he has found, instead, that teaching is a marvellous experience! Of course, not being up to teaching literary or historical subjects, they locked him in a small room with lots of automatic machines to pass the time with: from there he transforms the students’ ideas into projects and tangible innovation, trying to transmit to them both a healthy creative passion and an entrepreneurial and practical approach to the job market.
Take it easy… but not too much, and looking forward to seeing you in the labs!