History of the Program
The stricto sensu Postgraduate Program in Mechanical Engineering (PGMec) at the Federal University of Parana (UFPR) was created on 15th March 2000 at the Master’s level. Six years later – on 13th March 2006 – the Doctoral level was approved. The Program is associated to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (DEMEC) of the UFPR and is located in Block IV of the Technology Sector of the Polytechnic Center, in the city of Curitiba, Brazil.
Since 2005, the program has been rated 5 (out of 7) in the assessment scale of CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, Ministry of Education). It has maintained this grade at the last quadrennial evaluation (2013-2016), even with the increasing demands posed by its evaluation area in Engineering.
Currently, its academic staff consists of 24 people, who are listed under two categories: permanent and collaborative staff. Regarding the number of regular students in the first academic quarter of 2021, the PGMec had 41 master’s students, 48 doctoral students, and 5 post-doctoral researchers. Until the end of 2020, 259 master’s and 89 doctoral viva voce examinations had already been successfully carried out.
The program has 11 CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) researchers and 12 research groups certified by the UFPR and registered in the CNPq group directory. Besides, it counts with 15 laboratories dedicated to teaching, research and extramural activities, apart from the support of other laboratories of the same institution.
The PGMec manages master’s and doctoral scholarships from CAPES, CNPq and other institutions. It is a daytime program (mornings and afternoons) running on a quarterly basis.
The goal of the PGMec is to contribute in a decisive way to the training of high-level human resources, focusing on the academic and professional fields, and to strengthen the university-business relationships through the development of basic and applied research, with an emphasis on technology transfer.
The program offers courses leading to Master’s and Doctor degrees.
The main research areas are: (1) Manufacturing, subdivided into (a) Materials Engineering and Fabrication, and (b) Surfaces Engineering; (2) Transport Phenomena and Solid Mechanics, subdivided into (a) CFD, Propulsion and Rocket Aerodynamics, (b) Acoustics and Product Engineering, (c) Thermal Engineering and Transport Phenomena, and (d) Solid Mechanics and Vibrations.