Dr. Luiz Scavarda do Carmo is the recipient of the 2014 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award
IFEES is proud to announce that Dr. Luiz Scavarda, a Physics professor and Administrative Vice President at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil, is 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.
His work later expanded to the regional development of engineering education in the Americas, demonstrated by his involvement in multilateral organizations, Engineering For the Americas (EFTA) and the Pan-American Academy of Engineering (PAE). Dr. Scavarda was Chair of EftA’s Advisory Board, which aimed to provide high level workforce for the technology based sustainable development of the Hemisphere of the Americas. He is also a member of PAE, an organization dedicated to recognizing excellence among professional engineers and providing a means for giving expert testimony on matters of public interest to governments, institutions, and professional associations.
Further along in his career, Dr. Scavarda recognized the importance of multilateral and international cooperation in engineering education. From 2000-2010, he helped to organize four international conferences on Engineering, particularly aiming to foster the internationalization of Engineering Education. This included the 2006 American Society Engineering Education (ASEE) Global Colloquium in Rio de Janeiro, the meeting at which IFEES was founded. He has since continued to be a thought leader in the international engineering education community.
IFEES will celebrate Dr. Scavarda’s work at the Annual IFEES Award Banquet at the WEEF 2014 Dubai on December 4, 2014. The IFEES community congratulates Luiz thanks him for his leadership and hard work to the benefit of the Global Engineering Education community.