NSF Grant Enables Pitt to Study Green Engineering in Brazil

To conduct research in green construction and sustainable water use technology, a new program funded by a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation enables engineering doctoral students from the University of Pittsburgh to travel to the University at Campinas (UNICAMP) in So Paulo, Brazil, for eight-months.

UNICAMP is one of the top engineering schools in South America. The value gained from research and immersion in the culture gives students both an international perspective on technology and design, plus the opportunity to learn about novel approaches to sustainability developed by their Brazilian colleagues. The curriculum emphasizes team-based design that crosses departmental lines. Unlike most graduate engineering programs, it will include a capstone sustainable design course, so that engineers from different specialties can learn a common framework for sustainable design. In an effort to increase the number of Hispanic students in the field of engineering, the program includes partnerships with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagez. Students from those institutions will be able to complete the Master of Science degree at their home institutions, transitioning into the program during their final semester and pursuing the Ph.D. degree at Pitt.