DEMa currently offers courses for the following UFSCar’s Undergraduate Programs:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Production Engineering

Naturally, DEMa's greatest engagement is in the Materials Engineering Undergraduate Program (EMa). EMa was established in 1972 and stands out as the first Materials Engineering in Brazil. EMa is a 5-year Program in which 80 new students enroll annually through the Unified Selection System (SISU). According to the EMa Coordination (CCEMa), out of the nearly 3200 Materials Engineers who graduated from UFSCar, about two thirds are employed by private companies, 13% are university professors, 8% work at public institutions, 6% are currently enrolled in graduate programs, 4% are entrepreneurs, 1% serve as consultants, and 0.35% seek another degree. Of the alumni currently working in private companies, about 75% act in areas related to materials science, in companies such as Embraer, Braskem, 3M, Villares Metals, Caterpillar, and Saint-Gobain. Of those currently working in public institutions, approximately 70% act in areas related to materials science, such as Embrapa, CNEN, Brazilian Navy, Petrobras, and the Institute of Aeronautics and Space. Because EMa is a multidisciplinary program, several of our alumni are also successful in other fields. 

Recently, EMa was granted among eight Brazilian programs and launched a 8-year project aimed to make the engineering teaching more connected with market expectations according to the new National Curricular Bases. This endeavor, the CAPES-Fulbright/American Embassy Program for the Modernization of the Engineering Teaching – PMG, fondly named Movimenta Materiais, aims to obtain the necessary resources to execute the various guidelines already described in EMa’s pedagogical project, and to update the major curriculum program (or project) as well as teaching methodologies. Initially, two specialization areas may be implemented, namely: (1) Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship and (2) Computational Materials Engineering. The student will select one of the current areas (Ceramics, Metals, or Polymers), which will be complemented by a set of integrated elective courses to become specialized in one of the new specialization areas as well. This new set of elective courses consider up-to-date and future topics of great importance for the technical, scientific, and social development, having active participation of a consultant group since its idealization, implementation, and monitoring. Entrepreneurship programs will be divided into three steps: (1) Self Innovation, (2) Startup Innovation, and (3) Corporate Innovation. New Methodologies for Active Learning, Cross (Multi + Inter + Trans)-Disciplinary, Competencies Curriculum Bases, Activities and Assessment, Industry-University Partnerships in the undergraduate level, Soft Skills Development, and Diversity Inclusion are topics that are also covered.

For further information on the UFSCar’s Materials Engineering Undergraduate Program and Movimenta Materiais, please visit CCEMa’s website at https://www.ccema.ufscar.br.