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29 April 2013

The Automotive Engineering team receives a visit from Brazilian University

The Automotive Engineering team receives a visit from Brazilian University

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences received a visit from the Brazilian Federal University of Paraná.

Representatives from the Brazilian Department of Mechanical Engineering, including University President Professor Dr. Zaki Akel and Professor Ewaldo Mehl were greeted by Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Paul Inman, and Dr Gareth Neighbour, Head of the Department.

During the visit the two departments discussed Oxford Brookes’ research activities, and the possibility of a collaboration and exchange of students and professors between the two universities. They were also given a tour of the labs and facilities, specifically the thermodynamics and engines lab, the automotive lab, stress and materials lab, and the SVEC and JTRC lab.

John Durodola, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, commented, “The visit was part of the Brazilian university’s tour of Europe to establish links with universities that run Automotive Engineering programmes. Curitiba is located in the South of Brazil where many automotive manufacturing plants are based and the university is developing an automotive engineering programme to support the industry. When asked why they chose to visit Oxford Brookes, one of the visitors said that they researched the automotive engineering programmes on offer in Europe and 'you are one of the best'”.