The victory extends UNIFACS winning streak to four consecutive years
UNIFACS students have again excelled in the Innovative Ideas contest. 2011 marks the fourth year the contest has taken place and results from the most recent contest were announced on February 1st at a ceremony held at Hotel Pestana. The Motus - Dynamic Orthosis project, developed by engineering students Bruno Cavalcanti, Bruno Soares and Daniel Veiga, won 1st place in the Undergraduate and Graduate (Lato Sensu) category. As a result, UNIFACS remains unbeaten in this competition category since it was launched in 2008 by the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Bahia (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado da Bahia - FAPESB) with support from the Brazilian Organization to Support Micro and Small Enterprises (Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas - SEBRAE). UNIFACS also won the 2nd place with the 3D Handle Wireless Mouse design, created by student Gabriel Silva.
"The result of this and past years not only reflects the quality of our students and teachers, but reinforces the importance of interaction between the different areas within the university," said Professor Leonardo Teixeira, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research of UNIFACS, who attended the ceremony with the Chancellor of UNIFACS, Professor Manuel Barros, the Rector, Professor Marcia Barros, the Coordinator of the Engineering course, Professor Rafael Araujo, and the representative of the UNIFACS Business Incubator, Professor Marcelo Dultra.
UNIFACS was also represented in the research category. Professor Murilo Pliny, along with other research professors, won 3rd place for the project Parkinson Active Tremor Control. "This success results from collective work, which needs the active support from students and teachers, but also requires direction, guidance and support from the University, the Innovation Agency and the Business Incubator," said Professor Rafael Araujo.
Awards - The winners in each category received checks in the amount of R$ 8,000 (1st place), R$ 5,000 (2nd place) and R$ 3,000 (3rd place), respectively. The award ceremony was attended by the President of Petrobras, José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, who delivered the lecture Challenges and Opportunities of Technological Innovation in Pre-Salt. In his speech, Gabrielli used the case of pre-salt to illustrate the importance of investing in scientific and technological development. "In 2006, we confirmed the theory that there was oil in the pre-salt layer. In 2011, the oil there already accounts for 10% of all Petrobras production. This result was only possible thanks to the company's ongoing research investments, "he said. Gabrielli also introduced the research network that is being developed in Bahia with the support of Petrobras. UNIFACS has the 2nd highest number of research projects in the network, after UFBA.
The Motus project was developed to assist people who suffer from hemiplegia, a type of paralysis that affects half of the body. Motus is a leg brace that uses electrical impulses to improve movement. The development of the equipment for these engineering students was made possible thanks to the involvement of the Coordinator of Physiotherapy course. "Professor Maurício Nunes was our main gateway to the world of physical therapy," said Daniel Veiga, a member of the team who came up with the idea. The inspiration came from his brother, Vitor Veiga, who lives with hemiplegia.