University of São Paulo - Brazil

USP aims to consolidate partnership with Texas A&M University in the areas of energy and engineering

A delegation from USP visited the institution to explore partnerships in the fields of energy, biomedical engineering, and aeronautical engineering.

by Adriana Cruz for the USP Journal – November, 7th, 2023

The USP delegation met with leaders and researchers from the Texas A&M College of Engineering – Photo: Disclosure.

On November 6th and 7th, a delegation from USP, led by rector Carlos Gilberto Carlotti Junior, visited Texas A&M University (Tamu) to explore partnerships between the two institutions, particularly in the areas of energy, biomedical engineering, and aeronautical engineering.

In addition, projects focused on the exchange of researchers and students and double degree programs for graduate students were also discussed.

“One of the possibilities considered is to establish a collaboration agreement for joint research with the NSF [National Science Foundation] and Fapesp,” highlighted the rector of USP. The NSF is an independent federal agency that funds science and engineering in 50 American states.

“During the visit, some main areas were identified to advance in strong partnerships and associations. The proposals under discussion involve the creation of cooperative research centers, with commitment from both institutions,” explained USP’s Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, Paulo Nussenzveig.

The visit’s schedule included meetings with the institution’s president, Mark A. Welsh III, and with leaders of the College of Engineering, as well as a visit to the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, which is the largest academic building on the Tamu campus.

The visit’s agenda also included a tour of the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, which is the largest academic building on the Tamu campus – Photo: Disclosure

Also participating in the visit were the director of the Polytechnic School (Poli), Reinaldo Giudici; the director of the Institute of Physics of São Carlos (IFSC), Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior; IFSC professor Vanderlei Bagnato; Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC) professor Emanuel Carrilho; and the head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the School of Engineering of São Carlos (EESC), Glauco Caurin. Professor Gustavo Assi (Poli), who is currently a visiting professor at the American university, also accompanied the delegation.

Tamu was founded in 1876 as the first public institution of higher education in the state of Texas. With over 75,000 students, it offers 133 undergraduate programs, 175 master’s programs, and 92 doctoral programs. In the field of engineering, it has over 22,500 students enrolled in 15 departments.