At present, more than 70% of the 280 teachers at the School of Engineering
work along 60 topics of research. In 1993, approximately 80 teachers
held doctoral degrees, 110 held Master’s degrees, and 50 were
enrolled in doctoral programs. The school’s 13 departments have
Most research work done in Engineering is related to technological development,
with immediate application in various industries, funded by national
and international agencies. By means of agreements and service contracts
signed through the Christiano Otonni Foundation, the school makes contact
with companies from the public and private sectors.
In Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, the Environmental Monitoring
and Water Treatment Project, developed nine years ago and by means of
an agreement signed with the German agency TGZ deserves to be highlighted.
Three topics of research are pursued in Electric Engineering, monitored
by the department’s Research Center: High Tension, which includes
studies about protection against atmospheric discharges, Power Electronics,
and Control of Industrial Processes.
At the Department of Civil Engineering, the main researches are carried
out at the Laboratory of Structural Analysis, where structures submitted
to very high pressure are evaluated. Among the areas in Mechanical Engineering,
special attention is due Aeronautics, which was started in 1990. Work
is being done also on Energy Alternatives, mainly on Photovoltaic Energy
(the transformation of sun light into energy) and Solar Collectors.
The projects are supported by the Minas Gerais Energy Company (Cemig)
At the Department of Chemical Engineering, stands out research on Liquid/Liquid
Separation and on Heat Sensitive Substances. At the Department of Mining
Engineering, two of the most important research topics are Mineral Treatment
and Prospecting. The School of Engineering’s largest department
is Metallurgic Engineering, which has an X-Ray Lab and an Electronic
Microscopy Lab, among others. The most characteristic current research
involves Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, which deals with
material molding, and “Trefilação”.
Still at the School of Engineering, there is the Center for Electronic
Computation, linked to the Scientific Computation Lab.