Professor Francesco Jovane, who was Professor Emeritus at the Milan Polytechnic and director of the ITIA-CNR Institute for many years, passed away today. He will remain a guiding light, an example and a constant incitement for all researchers. In Italy and Europe he designed the scientific development of advanced manufacturing by conceiving and coordinating actions that have allowed the national system to acquire an international leadership. With deep gratitude and affection we express our heartfelt condolences to Elvira, to sons and to all his relatives.