2014 IFEES Award Recipient

Dr. Luiz Scavarda is a Physics professor and Administrative Vice President at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil, and was the recipient of the 2014 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award (previously the IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education).  Dr. Scavarda was chosen as the recipient of the 2014 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for his work on several facets of engineering education making an impact on all key stakeholders – students, faculty, industry and government.

Dr. Luiz Carlos Scavarda do Carmo received his title of Telecommunications Engineer in 1967 from PUC-Rio and subsequently received his Master’s and finally the Doctorate Degree in Physics, in 1976, from the same Institution. Since 1976, as a Professor at PUC-Rio, he has published more than 100 articles with his students and coworkers around the world and started an outreach program for diffusing the Engineering Profession in the High School. In the 90’s he served as Dean of Engineering in PUC-Rio, period when he participated actively in a process of Engineering Education reform in Brazil.

Dr. Scavarda’s efforts to build the engineering educators community in Brazil and his contributions towards enhancing the number of engineering graduates are laudable.   He was a founding member of the INOVA program of modernization of Engineering in Brazil, a program backed by the Brazilian Industry, Government, Civil Associations and several Schools of Engineering.   He also helped to found NECE (Nucleus for Education in Science and Engineering), which fosters interaction with Professors of several areas, discusses new educational methodologies and maintains a long discussion on the reward mechanism of the career of Professors.  His efforts resulted in an increase of engineering graduates in Brazil from 16,000 in 1996 to 65,000 in 2013.

In Brazil, his influence would continue to grow.  He was elected as member of the National (Brazilian) Academy of Engineering.  He has also been responsible for international activities of the Brazilian Association of Engineering Education (ABENGE), and acted as its formal representative in IFEES since 2006.