Professor Milton Borsato, Federal University of Technology (UTFPR), Paraná, Brazil.
UTFPR in a Glance and Prospects of Academic Partnership with LIT in Digital Manufacturing
The Federal University of Technology - Paraná is a public institution, owned by the federal government, with 13 campuses located in the south of Brazil. The institution has its origin as an Elementary School for Craftsmen, founded in 1909, and has gone through changes until it officially became a University of Technology in 2005. Its 13 campuses spread throughout the State of Paraná offer over 117 undergraduate courses, 36 graduate programs (6 doctorate and 30 masters programs) as well as an extensive number of research groups. The University has around 2,300 professors, 1,000 administrative staff and 30,000 students. UTFPR programs concentrate on the engineering areas: Mechanical, Civil Construction, Electronics, Computer Science, Food, Textile among others, although it also offers Teacher Education courses for Math, Physics, Chemistry and Languages Education. UTFPR is the only University of Technology in Brazil and the largest one offering Engineering Programs. UTFPR acts in the business sector through the development of applied research and entrepreneurial culture, as well as in local and regional communities through social activities. The Graduate School of Mechanical Engineering and Materials is located in UTFPR’s main campus in Curitiba, capital of the state of Paraná. Within its research areas is Digital Manufacturing, in the context of Industry 4.0, a vision of manufacturing in the 21st century, which consists of massive application of ICT technology for enabling flexible and agile manufacturing.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Milton Borsato holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Paraná (1989) in Brazil, Master’s degree in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from Muroran Kogyo Daigaku (1993) in Japan, PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2003) in Brazil, PhD in Advanced Productions Systems Engineering from Muroran Kogyo Daigaku (2016) in Japan and post-doctorate in Production Engineering with emphasis in Integrated Systems for Manufacturing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2010, 2013) in the USA, as a Fulbright and CAPES scholar. Currently, he is associate professor at the Federal University of Technology in Paraná, Brazil. He has gathered relevant experience in the area of Production Engineering, with emphasis in Project and Product Management and interest in the following themes: Concurrent Engineering, Integrated Product Development, Lean Product Development and Information Technology applied to Product Development. He has published more than 60 articles in scientific journals, magazines and books.
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