"UAS7 alumnus admitted to a master's in Germany”
Graduated in Chemical Engineering from Unisinos, Eduardo Filipeto was accepted at the Freie Universität Berlin and will pursue his master's degree in Germany. During his studies, he participated in Moving the Cities 2019 and carried out an internship at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, one of the UAS7 partners. During the year 2021, Eduardo’s participating in two congresses.
“Working in a place where I was surrounded by people who understood the theme was a crucial factor to advance in the development of the thesis”
The engineer says that the internship he did at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück helped him a lot in the choice and development of his undergraduate thesis (or just TCC in Portuguese). "Working with Prof. Dr. Norbert Vennemann in the polymer laboratory was the main reason why my TCC happened, the availability of materials and equipment, as well as his and Prof. Dr. Cristiane Krause Santin's guidance helped me in many of the challenges I faced to develop my thesis theme. The TCC is not only formed by subjects that we studied during the graduation, but also a deepening in certain aspects that require further investigation, and working in a place where I was surrounded by people who understood the theme was a crucial factor to advance in the development of the thesis”.
“I believe that my exchange through the UAS7 was the first step for all these experiences to be possible...”
Through Moving the Cities 2019, Eduardo already had international experience and was therefore able to contribute significantly to the event. “The interaction with individuals of different nationalities has always fascinated me and having the possibility to build an entire project with everyone in just a few days is a challenge that is not found so easily. I believe that my exchange through the UAS7 was the first step for all these experiences to be possible. During my internship period in Osnabrück I was able to learn a lot and become even more interested in studying abroad”.
About his TCC, named "Desenvolvimento de Material Elastomérico com Potencial de Mudança de Fase” ("Development of Elastomeric Material with Phase Change Potential" in English), Eduardo says that it was a tough work, which had a lot of information to be investigated. “I performed several mechanical and thermal tests at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, and it seemed only fair to me to get the most out of it during the time I had to elaborate the TCC”. In recognition of a good quality work, he says that the suggestion to publish his research came from the professors in his examining board.
During the year 2021, Eduardo participated in two congresses. The first was for the 18° Congresso Brasileiro de Tecnologia da Borracha (“18th Brazilian Congress on Rubber Technology” in English) with the theme "Avaliação de propriedades térmicas e mecânicas de misturas EPDM/PP através da análise de TSSR" ("Evaluation of thermal and mechanical properties of EPDM / PP mixtures through TSSR analysis" in English). The other was a poster presentation at DKG Elastomer Symposium 2021 with the theme "Characterization of EPDM/PP/Paraffin Thermoplastic Elastomers by Temperature Stress Scanning Relaxation Analysis". “Both were studies from specific areas of my TCC that highlighted features that could generate further discussion. Participating in different events has always pleased me, each event brings a different challenge, and no matter how difficult it may be at first, the learning in each one is precious for both, my professional and personal life”.
“My experience there [in Germany] was very positive and showed me how fascinating the field of science can be, there are many study possibilities in Germany and I chose the field I felt closest to during the end of my degree.”
According to Eduardo, the choice to return to Germany had already been made soon after he returned from his internship at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück. His positive experiences motivated him to continue his studies in the country and consequently apply for a master's degree. “My experience there [in Germany] was very positive and showed me how fascinating the field of science can be, there are many study possibilities in Germany and I chose the field I felt closest to during the end of my degree.”
For 2021, the engineer has been accepted to pursue the "Master of Science Program in Polymer Science” at the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, and University of Potsdam. "A program of four universities together addressing Polymer Science, approaching in the first year more basic polymer subjects such as Physical and Technical Application of Polymers and Characterization of Polymer, in the second year of the program, there is the possibility to choose, among the possibilities that the universities offer, the subjects that will benefit the dissertation, concluding then with the presentation of the thesis”.
“Innovative ideas can emerge in an international environment.”
Eduardo concludes by saying that the possibility of interacting with people from different cultures during his master's degree interests him a lot. He believes that innovative ideas can emerge in an international environment. “The Master's program will be conducted entirely in English, and I am confident that studying there will create many significant opportunities for me in the future,” says Eduardo.