Exact Sciences and Technology

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Mission

The Cluster of Exact Sciences and Technology forms graduates with a sound expertise in engineering and exact sciences through inspiring teaching and research. It provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to solve advanced engineering problems to the benefit of companies, governments and the society at large.

Program offers

Over the years, the number of programs offered by the Cluster of Exact Sciences and Technology has grown in line with market demands and the advancement of technology. Today, it offers undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Bioprocess and Biotechnology Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and – the most recent addition – Energy Engineering, with a particular focus on renewable energies.

 

Associate degrees
The Cluster of Exact Sciences and Technology offers associate degrees, called technologic courses, a supplementary proposal of higher education training for students seeking a practical education. These degree programs last typically 2-3 years and can be best compared to an associate degree in the US.

Post-graduate certifications and more

Beyond the undergraduate programs, the Cluster also offers one master program in Industrial
Biotechnology and a large diversity of post-graduate certificates, such as Embedded Systems, Lean Manufacturing, Urban Mobility Engineering, Industrial Automation and many more.

With head, hearts and hands

It is a central objective of the Cluster of Exact Sciences and Technology to empower its students and set them on a successful career track – academically and professionally. The Cluster introduced a “common core” program for the first and second year students of all engineering programs, recruiting student mentors and offering preparation classes in Math and Basic Science. Going further, it is crucial to enchant the students for the potential of their future profession.

That is why they are invited and encouraged to participate in many hands-on activities – some
integrated in the disciplines, some going beyond –, such as technical visits, engineering competitions, programming marathons and robot battles. From rocket launching festivals, to building rafts from plastic bottles or, to creating entertainment simulations, students benefit from many opportunities to apply classroom learnings to real-world problems and grow professionally and personally. At the same time, the academic environment is designed in the best way to provide them with the necessary skills and competences to thrive as engineers.

Presenting: the laboratories

The UP counts with over 190 teaching laboratories, where students learn to conduct experiments, study physical phenomena and take their first steps towards academic research.
Materials and construction lab: students test construction materials and construction systems
Laboratory of sanitation, hydraulics and water resources: students conduct experiments about the behavior of compressible and incompressible fluids
Computer network lab: an open laboratory where students have root permission and are
challenged to protect their computers against hackers
Automation lab: a lab to experiment with industrial automation – from the factory floor and PLCs up to control systems
Physics laboratory: the lab is designed to make physical phenomena a hands-on experience beyond the on-paper calculations
Embedded Systems laboratory: hands-on microcontroller platforms, Internet of Things, sensors, actuators and software development for students to work with
Materials science lab: for students to evaluate mechanical behavior and conduct mechanical and microstructural characterization of materials
Machining processes laboratory: an open lab where students develop and test machining processes

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Spotlight: Engeworkshop

With the double objective to open the university doors to society and to give exposure to students’ projects, which contribute to the improvement of business processes and quality of life, the UP holds an annual “Engeworkshop” – an exposition of the final year capstone projects. In 2016, the big event took place within the Innovation Week, which involved three main events: the Engeworkshop, the Biotechnology Symposium and the Biomaterials Symposium. The latter discussed subjects such as bioelectronics, bioinformatics, robotic surgery, nanotechnology applied to health issues, artificial organs and stem cells.

Among the most interesting student projects at the Engeworkshop were a prosthesis for the rehabilitation of upper extremities due to a neurological injury, the generation of clean energy through music and a safety system for accident prevention at railroad crossings. The event had in total more than 20 lectures, workshops and short courses as well as an inspiring speech by Professor Vincenzo Ferrari, who addressed the importance of multidisciplinary innovation and the experience of the EndoCAS Center, located in Italy.

Research

In partnership with the Cluster of Health and Biological Sciences, the Cluster for Exact Sciences and Technology develops a project called Lifetech. Through this, and similar projects, the UP aims to design and conduct applied research developing technology that improves the quality of life, especially for people who suffer from health issues. Among the research and projects initiated are, for example, a bracelet that works as an electronic guide to the visually impaired, and two kinds of mouse for people with movement disorders: one that works by breathing on it and another controlled by the movement of the tongue.

International exchange

Beyond the activities happening at home, the UP provides an international experience to its
students through student exchanges and international partnerships. The Cluster of Exact Sciences and Technology has a number of international agreements with institutions from Japan, the US, France, Italy, Germany and others, where students can spend up to one year.