The Sustainable Energy and Aeronautical Engineering Program integrates the academic strengths of the Florida State University (FSU), the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), the Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI) and the Federal University of Parana (UFPR) to expand the educational and research experience of U.S. and Brazilian students beyond our respective national borders. The program will provide students with training in the technical areas of sustainable energy and aeronautical engineering, while emphasizing facilitation of the mobility of current students and future engineers between the two countries. The key to this training is the development of a seamless process integrating recruitment, language preparation, international design projects, student exchange, mentored internship and graduate-level research collaborations between two countries.
The consortium builds on the long-term educational and research collaborations between FSU and UFPR and includes two strong partners in Pitt and UNIFEI, both have extensive experience and unique capabilities. We will offer streamlined yet flexible study plans to broaden the participation of students and faculty. We expect 24 students each from the United States and Brazil will participate directly in the exchange program while many more will be involved in the international senior capstone design collaborations to promote international learning experience beyond the program. We will leverage on our current and past endeavors in international research and educational activities while combining with Pitt's FIPSE experience to foster an integrated alliance into a self-sustaining, long-term engagement between all partner schools after the conclusion of the project.
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