The Program

Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering
São Carlos School of Engineering (EESC)

University of São Paulo (USP)

Presentation

History, scope and objectives

The graduate program in Electrical Engineering of USP-São Carlos was created in 1975 with the Master of Science degree, extending to the Doctor of Science in 1997, which was officially recognized by CAPES in 2000 having its first doctorate thesis approved in this same year.

Along this trajectory, approximately 700 M.Sc. students and more than 250 D.Sc. students graduated from the program, with hundreds of papers published in periodicals with high impact factor (and a highlight to the CAPES Best Thesis Award – Engineering IV in 2008, aside from several other prizes in scientific events). The excellence of these works is acknowledged by the community by means of the consolidation of grade 07 (the maximum possible one) in the last evaluation made by CAPES, and also by its participation in the PROEX – Academic Excellence Program.

The objectives of the graduate program in Electrical Engineering of EESC-USP are the production of knowledge, the promotion of science and the generation of human resources with a wide understanding of their respective fields within the respective concentration áreas: Signal Processing and Instrumentation; Dynamic Systems; Power and Energy Systems and Telecommunications.

To reach these goals, the program regularly offers several courses which promote the structuring of knowledge within their concentration areas and support the development of M.Sc. and D.Sc. research. Pedagogical courses and opportunities of supervised teaching assistance are also offered. The whole set of activities is planned to enhance the body of knowledge of the students from both the theoretical/scientific and the technological viewpoints, preparing them not only for academic and research-based professional careers but also for working in the industry and services sectors.

Although the program is conceived for electrical, electronics and computing engineers, it has also room for students with different backgrounds, including other areas of engineering, mathematics, physical sciences and bachelors in computing science.

Infrastructure and support to the student

The program is located in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, which also takes part in three undergraduate courses with a significant recognition in its field of knowledge: Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Electronics, Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Automation and Energy Systems and Computing Engineering (all of them with a high demand among high school students and evaluated with 5 stars – maximum – by the Students Guide ranking). It possesses na excellent infrastructure for the development of technical and research activities in all of its respective fields of insertion, together with high quality human resources.

For the development of the M.Sc. and D.Sc. researches, the program has 26 research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, which receive institutional support and resources coming from funding agencies and partnerships with public and private companies.

The TI infrastructure is constantly replaced to make sure the students have access to the most up-to-date resources for computation and access to knowledge databases. The amount of resources is enough to make sure that every student has access to a personal computer and to high-speed wireless internet, and also to software needed to undertake the disciplines and other activities of the program.

The Engineering School library which supports the program is inserted in the Integrated System of Libraries of USP (SIBi), which provides access to the contente of other 42 libraries of other units of USP, 19 sectional libraries of UNICAMP, 28 libraries of UNESP and other affiliated national and international ones, including the CAPES portal. Among other services, the EESC library offers technical support to bibliographical search. It participates in consortia of bibliographical swapping, which enables the user to obtain electronic copies of documents in a matter of a few hours and, in most cases, at no cost.

The program also has rooms for classes and seminars, amphitheater and exclusive technical/administrative support within the department facilities.

The graduate students have access to scholarships through grant programs, foreign language courses, oportunities for exchange with foreign universities and support for participation in national and international scientific events. There is also medical, dental and psychological assistance, low-cost options for meals and cultural and sports activities.