Faced with the changing technological and scientific reality, engineering education cannot any longer be conceived in a traditional framework based on the transmission of knowledge. An effective linkage among the functions of research, teaching and extension is needed. A professor is expected to be simultaneously efficient in the generation and transmission of knowledge through a solid discipline and mastery of methods in the task and, at the same time, from his behavior in the chair, a role model for students through the integrated exercise of teaching and research functions. This paper analyzes the perception of advanced students and young graduates who have joined projects involving research activities and tasks. We wonder if, as shown by several studies, the decision to initiate in research was influenced by the teaching style of professors.