Engineering Research Center opens in São Paulo, Brazil


On 14 March 2023, Embraer, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) and The São Paulo State Research Support Foundation (FAPESP) held an inauguration ceremony for a new Engineering Research Center (CPE), dedicated to future air mobility studies.

The event, held at the ITA campus in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, was attended by the governor of the State of São Paulo, Tarcísio de Freitas; the director of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, Lieutenant General Maurício Augusto Silveira de Medeiros; the president of FAPESP, Marco Antonio Zago; and the rector of ITA, Professor Anderson Ribeiro Correia, among other leaders and researchers from the academic and innovation community.

The initiative was announced last year and brought together representatives from the scientific community and professionals from the aeronautical industry. They have been working together on activities based on three pillars: low-carbon aviation, autonomous systems, and advanced design and manufacturing. The goal is to find innovative technological solutions that will enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of the global innovation ecosystem.

“It is an immense satisfaction to accompany the beginning of the activities of the Engineering Research Center that brings together great talents in conducting applied research of high value to society,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer’s vice president of engineering and technology. “We are very excited about the partnership with ITA and other institutions that creates a favourable environment for the search for solutions focused on zero-carbon aviation, autonomous systems, and advanced manufacturing, fundamental to building future air mobility.”

The CPE is expected to bring together about 150 professionals among professors, research fellows, and experts from the aeronautics industry who seek innovative technological solutions. This partnership enables the conditions for technology transfer between industrial, public and third-sector players, enhancing the competitiveness of the Brazilian and global innovation ecosystem.

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