The 2015 PACE Annual Forum kicked off Sunday night with a welcome reception at the Departmento de Engenharia Mecâica – Escola Politécnica da USP.
220 students, 85 faculty from 50 PACE schools in 12 countries and 90 industry representatives had a chance to network and meet old friends and new colleagues. Most of the students have worked in the collaborative teams from around the world, and it was their first time to meet face to face. The RSMS teams performed skits, and decided the order of presentations for the week. It is winter here in Brazil, but it was a nice balmy afternoon/early evening to enjoy h’orsdeuvres outside.
Monday morning began with opening speeches by the Dean of Engineering for USP and Vass Theodoracatos from GM (Director of Global PACE partnerships).
The 8 RSMS teams presented throughout the day on the market research/design/manufacture of their prototype RSMS’s. The students put so a lot of effort into their projects during the past year, and it was their time to shine.
Team # 8, called REVO, was the first to present. The team used Tecnomatix for Plant Design and had made an awesome prototype. The REVO team includes students from ITESM-Toluca (Mexico), University of Puerto Rico (US), Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), and Centro Universitário da FEI (Brazil).
Team #1 was next up, with team members from RheinMain Univ of Applied Science (Germany), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), New Mexico State University (US), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), and Howard University (US). They used Teamcenter to work collaboratively, and used NX as their CAD tool.
After presentations everyone had time to explore. Check out the cool mini car Team #4 built! The car can extend the middle part to enlarge the space. Team 4 includes students from Tongji University (China), Kookmin University (Korea), Hunan University (China), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Prairie View A&M University (US).
It is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more updates from Sao Paulo, Brazil!