AEC is formed by professors of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Poli-USP. The profile of each professor member is provided as follows:
■ AEC Coordinator: Paulo Carlos Kaminski
Naval Engineering (1986) and PhD (1992) in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the Escola Politécnica of USP and Business Administrator (1990) from FEA-USP. With expertise in research and teaching in the mechanical broad area, acts mainly with the following themes: product engineering, design methodology, continuing education and engineering internationalization. From 2008 to 2014 he was Scientific Ambassador of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Brazil, and from 2009 to 2014 he was visiting researcher from the Research Institute of the auto parts industry from Japan (University of Waseda). At Poli-USP, a full professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department; president of the Culture and Extension Committee; academic coordinator of the Continuing Education Program; coordinator of the Automotive Engineering Center (AEC) and the Center of Design Automation and Technology (CAETEC); coordinator of the Automotive Engineering Specialization Program and the Product and Services Management and Engineering Specialization Program. He is also an international collaborator of the CIRST (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie) Quebec, Canada. (http://sites.poli.usp.br/p/paulo.kaminski)
■ Marcelo Augusto Leal Alves
Mechanical Engineering (1993) and PhD in Mechanical Engineering (2002) degrees from the Escola Politécnica of USP. Expertise in machine and equipment design, with emphasis on automotive systems. Since 1996, a professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Poli-USP. Coordinates the participation of the institution students in the General Motors PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program and, since 2009, the world coordinator of the global vehicle development project, which involves universities from different countries. Also a business consultant.
■ Marcelo Massarani
Mechanical Engineering (1987) and PhD in Mechanical Engineering (1998) degrees from the Escola Politécnica of USP. With wide experience in the mechanical system simulation design area, with emphasis on automotive applications. Has also intensely acted in engineering teaching and consultancy as well as in value analysis. Since 1988, a professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Poli-USP, coordinator of the Professional Master’s Program in Automotive Engineering and vice coordinator of the Automotive Engineering Specialization Program at the institution.
■ Leandro V. da S. Macedo
Mechanical Engineering (1985) degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande and MSc in Mechanical Engineering (1991) from the Escola Politécnica of USP. Expert in the Mechanical Engineering area, acting mainly with the following themes: Automotive Engineering, vehicle development through virtual simulations – CAE, structural design, development of car body and frame, finite element method, vehicle dynamics, vehicle plasticity and safety. He is currently a supervisor with Volkswagen do Brasil and a professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Poli-USP.
■ AEC Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ronaldo de Breyne Salvagni
In 2003, professor Ronaldo Salvagni founded the Automotive Engineering Center (AEC) of Poli-USP and was its coordinator from 2003 to 2016. He is currently advisor to AEC.
Naval Engineering (1975) and PhD (1981) in Naval Engineering degrees from the Escola Politécnica of USP. Expertise in the Mechanical and Naval Engineering areas, with emphasis on integrated design, structural analysis, finite elements, vehicle recycling and dynamics. The mentor and coordinator of the Professional Master’s Program in Automotive Engineering of Poli-USP, established in 2000 as the first stricto sensu graduate program in Automotive Engineering in Brazil. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of AEA – Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineering and Full Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Poli-USP.