This summer, Illinois Tech welcomed more than 800 undergraduate students from Brazil to complete short-term research projects, sponsored by the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP). BSMP is an expansive initiative of the Brazilian government that provides scholarships for its citizens to study Engineering for one year at another university and complete research projects at the end of their time abroad.
IIT’s School of Applied Technology (SAT) hosted 170 BSMP students to participate in eight-week research projects under the guidance of faculty members from the Industrial Technology and Management (INTM) and Information Technology and Management (ITM) programs. Their work was on display as part of IIT’s Summer IPRO Day on Friday, July 24 in Hermann Hall on IIT’s Main Campus.
The Consul General of Brazil in Chicago, Ambassador Paulo Camargo, and Lilian Colsant, Education Cooperation Coordinator, were among the special guests at this event. They were very impressed with the 39 individual and group BSMP projects focused on topics in Sustainability, Energy, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Innovation and Urban Agriculture. The displays included the following work:
- Use of 3D Printing/ Additive Manufacturing techniques to design products including bicycles, footwear, and laptop cases
- Autonomous Driving Technologies, to include navigation, detection, and driver warning systems
- Energy pricing and forecasting, Global Smart Grid Development, and Energy Audits of two Main Campus buildings, Wishnick Hall and Keating Hall
- Information Technologies to build and control drones, develop smart beacons, create a Heads Up Display (HUD) with Google Glass, and other intriguing applications
- Sustainable Energy Concepts such as Intelligent Lighting Systems, a Self-Sufficient Home, and an Intelligent Growing Module for the Home Garden
- Developing Urban Food Systems to include Irrigation Technology, Vertical Farming and Fencing, Aquaponics, Solar Desalination, and Oil Seed Processing.
READ MORE about the BSMP Program at IIT and the summer courses in the School of Applied Technology.