SBA Jovem – Student Chapter of the Brazilian Automation Society: A New Approach in the Education of Control Engineering in Brazil
Cláudio C. S. de Freitas*, Carlos E. Pereira**, Valcir J. C. Farias***, Cassio M. Sousa****, Brehme D. R. de Mesquita***** * Automation Engineering Department, Amazon StudiesInstitute, CEP 66050-260 Brazil, Tel: 55-91-3274-3839; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. ** Electrical Engineering Department, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, CEP 90040-040 Brazil (e-mail: email@example.com) *** Electrical Engineering Department, Federal University of Pará, Belém, CEP 66075-110 Brazil (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) **** Automation Engineering Department,Federal Institute of Pará, Belém, CEP 66093-090 Brazil (e-mail: email@example.com) ***** Automation Engineering Department, Federal Institute of Pará, Belém, CEP 66093-090 Brazil (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Abstract: This paper presents SBA Jovem, a student chapter of the Brazilian Automation Society as a new approach to promote Control Engineering in Brazil, reporting some experiences inthe creation of a student representation, showing ideas that worked, challenges that have emerged and expectations for the future. SBA Jovem is a national committee, nongovernmental, nonprofit, which aims to promote the dissemination of science and technology of automatic control among high school students, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. By promoting actions with the support oforganizations, businesses and educational institutions, SBA Jovem intends to create a new channel for educational and professional development in the area of control and automation. Through SBA Jovem it is possible to invest in new approaches to meet society, students and engineering, in particular, control engineering, and thus boost the development of the automation area in Brazil. Keywords: SBAJovem, Brazilian Automation Society, control engineering, curricular development, control education. 1. INTRODUCTION Engineering plays a key role in technical and scientific development of a country, contributing significantly to its growth. Nevertheless, it is necessary to work on several aspects that are part of a larger context from which engineering is a part, not only valuing the technicaltraining of an engineer, but finding ways to develop characteristics that the labor market demands. However, this is not always taught in colleges or universities. Such characteristics as leadership and teamwork are pursued to improve the ways in which knowledge is transmitted, highlighting changes in the scenario of the education system engineering over the years. In 2008, the Canadian EngineeringAccreditation Board (CEAB) mandated that engineering program graduates must exhibit the attributes under the following headings: • • • • • • A knowledge base for engineering; Problem analysis; Investigation; Use of engineering tools; Individual team work; Communication skills;
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Professionalism; Impact of engineering on society and the environment; Ethics and equity; Economics andproject management.
These features show that it is not enough for engineers to have only technical knowledge in their area, it is necessary to develop other competences and abilities. This approach for engineering education, highlighting the control engineering fundamentals and pointing out the fundamental changes occurring all around, casts doubt on whether the current education system respondsto the needs of the twenty-first century (Djaferis, 2004) and Murray et al.(2003) shows that education in control is an integral part of community activities and automation of its most important mechanisms of transition and impact. A report created by a commission in 2000, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), called the Panel on the Future of Control Dynamics and...