1) UNESP and FEB
The UNESP Campus in Bauru is located 330km from the city of São Paulo, along SP-294, João Ribeiro de Barros Highway, 6 km from downtown, on an area of approximately 460 hectares. Bauru, with more than 340 thousand inhabitants, is located in the geographical center of the state of São Paulo. It is one of the main cities and one of the largest university centers in the state. Besides UNESP, it also has a Campus of Saint Paul University (USP), USC — Sagrado Coração University, UNIP — Paulista University, ITE — Toledo Learning Institute and FIB — Integrated Colleges of Bauru, among other higher learning institutions in the city, and even more in the region.
The Bauru College of Engineering (FEB) was authorized to begin operations in 1967 through Decree no. 47.893 of 4/12/67 by the Governor of the State and Administrative Rule no. 7/67 from the State Council of Education. That same year of 1967, the Mechanical Engineering course began activities. In 1968, the Civil Engineering course and in 1970 the Electrical Engineering course started. They were maintained by the Bauru Educational Foundation, an non-profit legal entity. Ever since its foundation in 1967, several courses and units have been created and maintained by this Foundation. The Civil and Mechanical Engineering courses were recognized in 1972, through Decree no. 70.596 of the Presidency of the Republic, and the Electrical Engineering course was recognized in 1975, with decree no. 78.846 (www.feb.unesp.br).
In 1985, as per opinion no. 951 of 7/2/1985 of the State Education Commission (CEE), the Bauru Educational Foundation was transformed into the University of Bauru, comprised of the Colleges of Engineering, Technology, Sciences, and Arts and Communication. In August 1988, the University of Bauru was taken over by UNESP and the Engineering and Technology courses were grouped into a single Unit called the College of Engineering and Technology (FET). At present, with the extinction of the Technology courses, the unit is called the College of Engineering, which together with the College of Sciences (FC), the
College of Architecture, Arts and Communication (FAAC), make up the Unesp Campus
in the city.
The Bauru College of Engineering (FEB) has four departments (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering) and it offers high quality learning and research through its Undergraduate, Graduate and Extension activities, contributing towards the technological development of the state of São Paulo and Brazil.
FEB offers courses in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering at the undergraduate level. At the stricto sensu graduate studies level, it offers a Master’s in Production Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering. It also offers several other Specialization, Professional Updating and Extension courses in several areas related to engineering.
2) The Department of Production Engineering (DEP)
FEB’s Department of Production Engineering (DEP) currently has 17 faculty members (15 of which are full-time and exclusive), 16 holding PhDs. It also has substitute teachers and lecturers. The hiring of more permanent professors is projected in coming years to exercise extension activities, research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Aware of recent changes and of its social function, the DEP is a center of knowledge dissemination and it has been trying to expand its presence in the community through events, specialization courses (lato sensu graduate studies), stricto sensu graduate studies and scientific research in areas like production management, economic management, quality, technology, cost and investment analysis, environmental management and the application of mathematical and statistical models.
3) The Symposium on Production Engineering (SIMPEP)
Since 1994, DEP has been organizing the Symposium on Production Engineering (SIMPEP). The objective of the event is to promote interaction among researchers, professors, business owners, students and professionals from similar areas around the country, through conferences and presentations of studies, encouraging an exchange of experiences, disseminating knowledge from Production Engineering in the academic world as well as among small and medium-sized companies (www.simpep.feb.unesp.br).
4) Lato Sensu Graduate Studies
DEP professors actively participate in the project, coordination, teaching and advice of students in FEB’s Lato Sensu Graduate Studies courses, such as specialization in Strategic Business Management, Public Organization Management, Expert Engineering Reports and Evaluations, Workplace Safety Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and most especially specialization courses in Production Engineering.
The Specialization course in Production Engineering graduated its sixth class in 2005, for a total of 150 students over the years. This course has seen enormous demand, proof of the importance attributed by the region's commercial, industrial and public entity managers to training in the Production Engineering area(www.cenpro.feb.unesp.br).
5) Interaction with Undergraduate Studies and Scientific Initiation
The professors considered in this project have mainly taught undergraduate courses in engineering at FEB, among other UNESP courses. Professors from the College of Sciences have concentrated their actions in Information and Computer Systems.
While the undergraduate program in Production Engineering was not implemented, DEP professors taught subjects (such as Administration, Economic Engineering, Operational Research, Statistics, among others) for undergraduate courses in engineering (Electrical, Mechanical and Civil) at FEB (as well as other courses on the Bauru campus). Taking advantage of the experience acquired by its professors, DEP designed and implemented the Undergraduate Program in Production Engineering. Its first class was filled by the College Board Exams of July 2003, and it began its activities on August 4, 2003 (http://www.feb.unesp.br/dep/apimmenu/e_prod.htm).
It is frequently active in advising end of course projects and Scientific Initiation (SI) for the aforementioned UNESP Bauru Campus students, involving them in research conducted by the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences. In the case of undergraduate students in Production Engineering, there are increasingly more scientific initiation projects, integrating them with DEP research groups.
The number of SI scholarships financed by FAPESP and CNPq is already considerable, and growing every year, for FEB students. In 1994, FEB created a Scientific Initiation Program, and together with the CNPq Institutional Scholarship Program, which began in 1992, effectively involved handed out 225 scholarships from 1992/2002 (except those granted by FAPESP and CNPq — counter), with the respective processes approved by technical advisers.
6) Master’s in Production Engineering
Continuing the service rendering expansion process, and aware of the need to increase the chances of training personnel and generating knowledge for teachers as well as research and professional action in public and private institutions, DEP offers the stricto sensu graduate studies program in Production Engineering at the Master Degree level.