Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Campus Universitário de Goiabeiras, Vitória, Brazil
U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program
Our goals were to enable US and Brazilian students to:
• Work cross-culturally, in diverse teams (engineering, architecture, and business) in international settings (in-person and virtually);
• Develop designs, techniques and marketable products that address sustainable development needs;
• Understand the impact of technical solutions in a global and societal context; and
• Acquire language skills and the ability to study in a non-native language.
By the end of this five year project, a total of eleven U.S. engineering students had studied at either the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) or at the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES); twenty two Brazilian students had studied at either the University of Pittsburgh or at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Additionally, two faculty members – Maristela Gomes da Silva (UFES) and Vanessa Gomes da Silva (UNICAMP) – had completed one full year in residence at the University of Pittsburgh (March 1, 2010 to February 28, 2011). They received funding from CAPES and Fulbright in addition to support from their home institutions.
This FIPSE-CAPES project was coordinated in part by the University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation whose efforts in Brazil also include an NSF IGERT grant (Sustainability Initiative in Engineering,” - 0504345) that focuses on sustainability (with graduate research at UNICAMP) and an NSF IRES Grant (US-Brazil International Research Experience for Students: Sustainability Research: An Integrative Undergraduate Experience,” - OISE 0623539) that enables undergraduates to have a research experience in Brazil. IRES students were recruited for the FIPSE CAPES program.
Other University of Pittsburgh assets were the Center for Latin American Studies (Title VI National Resource Center) and the International Business Center (a Title VI CIBER Center), and a well-established International Executive MBA Program in Brazil. The Center for Latin American Studies coordinated Portuguese language training and cultural preparation for students prior to going to Brazil, the International Business Center provided travel expenses for faculty going to Brazil, and the Katz Executive MBA program provided contacts with Brazilian industry for potential student projects.
Two study abroad programs at the University of Pittsburgh – Plus3 and Engineering for a Better Environment: Brazil annually took undergraduate engineering students to Brazil. The Plus3 program had brought rising sophomores to Brazil as part of a three credit course. Students participated in company and cultural visits, interacted with Brazilian students, and attended guest lecturers while in Brazil. Engineering for a Better Environment: Brazil brought and continues to bring undergraduate students from the University of Pittsburgh to Brazil as part of a three-credit course. Guest lecturers provide students with different sustainable energy approaches, Brazilian business etiquette, and an overview of Brazilian history, as well as basic Portuguese language instruction. The 12 day Brazil trip consists of site visits to companies and research centers, cultural visits and an opportunity to interact with Brazilian faculty and students. Throughout the project, these students were targeted as potential FIPSE CAPES recruits.
During the final (fifth) year of the S&ID consortium, the program was enhanced, specifically by creating a certificate program – Engineering for Humanity - at the University of Pittsburgh; a course in engineering for the developing world was also developed at the University of Pittsburgh.
Project Co-Director U.S. Lead
University of Pittsburgh 152 Benedum Hall 3700 O'Hara Street Pittsburgh, PA 15261 Tel: 412-624-3489 Fax: 412-624-2827
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org View Personal Web SiteLarry Shuman
Project Director U.S. Lead
University of Pittsburgh Industrial Engineering 152 Benedum Hall 3900 O'Hara Street Pittsburgh, PA 15260 Tel: 412-624-9815 Fax: 412-624-9831
Maristela Gomez da Silva
Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo Centro Tecnológico Av. Fernando Ferrari Vitória, Brazil 29060-970 Tel: +55 (27) 33335-2640 Fax: +55 (27) 33335-2650
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Electrical and Computer Engineering Myers Hall M246; CM4026 5500 Wabash Ave. Terre Haute, IN 47803-3999 Tel: 812-877-8110 Fax: 812-877-8061
Universidade Estadual de Campinas Arquitectura e Urbanismo Ave. Albert Einstein, no. 951 Campinas, Brazil 13083-852 Tel: +55 (19) 3782-2300 Fax: +55 (27) 3788-2411