2021/1 (MS)

NOTICE 2021/01: SELECTIVE PROCESS FOR ADMISSION OF REGULAR AND SPECIAL STUDENTS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING MASTER’S PROGRAM (PPGEM) – FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2021.

The Mechanical Engineering Graduate¹ Program Coordinating Committee (CCP/PPGEM) of Escola Politécnica of the Universidade de São Paulo makes it public to interested parties, in accordance with Articles 39 to 42 of the USP Graduate Regulations, that inscription for Master’s Program is open. The Program begins in the first academic year of 2021.

1. General Information and Registration

The Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering (PPGEM) of Escola Politécnica of the Universidade de São Paulo offers Master’s and PhD courses in the following areas of concentration:

  • Mechanical Engineering of Energy and Fluids;
  • Mechanical Engineering of Design and Manufacturing;
  • Control and Mechanical Automation Engineering.

More information about research groups, orientation, regulation and calendar is available at http://ppgem.poli.usp.br.

1.1. Required documents for registration in Master’s Program

For the enrollment process for Master’s candidates, it is necessary to:

  • Fill the registration form found on the PPGEM website; this filling must be done online on the website. For doing that, it is necessary to create an user’s account (check in the lower left corner of the main page the bottom “Create New Account”). After the first access, use the link “My Registrations”;
  • Attach copies of all documents listed in Table 1 to the registration form. Printed documents must be delivered to the PPGEM secretariat, at the time of registration, by the candidate who passes the admission exam.

Table 1: Required documents (copies) and delivery methods

Origin Required documents (copies) Delivery method
I. Brazilian candidates. 1. RG or equivalent document with photo (e.g. driver’s license);
2. CPF;
3. Undergraduate diploma;
4. Undergraduate school records;
5. Proof of address;
6. Curriculum Vitae;
7. Proof of proficiency in English as a foreign language (optional:see items 2 and 4 of this Notice).
Copies must be attached to the registration form on the PPGEM website at the time of registration.

It will be necessary to present a copy of the RG at the time of registration.

II. Foreign candidates. 1. Passport;
2. Undergraduate diploma;
3.Undergraduate school records (highlighting the evaluation criteria and grade range in that country);
4. Proof of proficiency in Portuguese or English as a foreign language (optional: see items 2 and 4 of this Notice).
Copies must be attached to the registration form on the PPGEM website at the time of registration.
2. Master’s Selection Criteria

2.1. About admission to courses

The candidate’s admission to the Master’s courses will be made through:

  • Evaluation of performance in admission exam (see items 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 of this Notice), which has an eliminatory character;
  • Oral arguition by the admission committee, with an eliminatory character, where the following information will be evaluated: candidate’s curriculum, undergraduate academic records, definition of the area in which the candidate want to focus his/her studies and dedication to the course (full or partial).

2.2. Admission Exam Contents

All candidates for the Master’s courses must take the admission exam, which involves knowledge pertinent to disciplines common to Mechanical Engineering courses. This exam consists of 24 questions (two of each of the contents listed below). The candidate must choose 10 questions to solve. The admission exam will be presented in two languages: Portuguese and English. The exam will be conducted in a non-presential method using the Moodle system.

The exam is limited open-book. The use of simple (non-programmable) electronic calculators is allowed.

Following are the topics of the admission exam as well as suggestions of bibliographic references regarding the topics:

  • Linear Algebra: Matrices and determinants: basic procedures and properties. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Reference: Callioli, Domingues Costa: “ÁlgebraLinear e Aplicações”, 6a. edição, Editora Saraiva, 2003.
  • Algorithms: Ordering and solution of linear systems. Reference: Press, W. H.; Teukolski, S. A.; Vetterling, W. T.; Flannery, B. P., “Numerical Recipes in C”; 2002, 2ª. ed., Chaps. 2 and 8.
  • Differential and integral calculus: Functions of one variable: limit, continuity, derivatives and integrals. Reference: Stewart, J., “Cálculo Vol. 1”, 5ª. Edição, Ed.Thomson, 2003.
  • Control: Laplace transform and block Diagrams. Transient response analysis of first and second order systems. Frequency response analysis: Bode diagrams. Reference: Ogata, K., “Engenharia de Controle Moderno”, 4ª. Edição, 2003, Chaps. 2, 3, 5 and 8.
  • Computing: Static and dynamic data structures. Reference: Ziviani, N., “Projeto de Algoritmos com Implementações em Pascal e C”, 3a. ed., Livraria Pioneira Ed., 1996, Chaps. 2 and 3.
  • Electronics: resistor and capacitor associations, rectifier and Zener diodes, bipolar NPN transistors, basic circuits with operational amplifiers. References: 1. Malvino, A., “Eletrônica” vols. 1/2, Makron books. / 2. Cipelli, Markus e Sandrini, “Teoria e Desenvolvimento de Projetos de Circuitos Eletrônicos” , Érica,2001.
  • Statistics: Hypothesis tests and distribution comparison. Reference: 1. Costa Neto, P. L. de O., “Estatística”, 1977, 1ª. ed., Edgard Blucher, Chaps. 5 and 7.
  • Materials: Phase diagrams, thermal processing of metals and alloys. Reference: Callister Jr., W.D., “Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais: uma Introdução”, 5a. ed., Editora Livros Técnicos e Científicos, 2002, Chaps. 9 and 11.
  • Fluid mechanics: Fundamental concepts, fluid statics, basic equations in integral form, introduction to differential analysis, non-viscous incompressible flow dynamics, dimensional analysis. Reference: Fox McDonald, “Introdução à Mecânica dos Fluidos”, 6a ed., Editora LTC, 2006, Chaps. 2 to 7.
  • Mechanics of solids: Axially loaded members, torsion of bars, shear forces andbending moments, stresses in beams, stress and strain analysis. Reference: ere,J.M., “Mecânica dos Materiais”, Ed. Pioneira Thomson Learning, 2003, Chaps. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.
  • General mechanics: Statics of systems, statics of solids, dynamics of systems, kinematics and dynamics of solids. Reference: França, L.N.F.; Matsumura, A.Z., “Mecânica Geral”, 2a.ed., Editora Edgard Blücher, 2004, Chaps. 4, 6, 10 and 12.
  • Thermodynamics: Work and heat; First and second laws of thermodynamics for systems and control volumes, entropy. Reference: Van Wylen, Sonntag Borgnakke, “Fundamentos da Termodinâmica”, tradução da 6a ed. americana, Ed. Edgard Blücher, 2003, Chaps. 4 to 8..

2.3. GRE admission exam

For candidates for Master’s courses, with engineering / exact sciences bachelor’s degree, the admission exam may be replaced by the respective quantitative and analytical GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) performance evaluations of the candidate. The results obtained in the GRE will be considered valid since they were carried outin the last three years, counted retroactively to the date of their presentation at the PPGEM secretariat. For more information about the GRE, including exam dates, see: http://www.ets.org/gre

2.4. Cut-off notes for the admission exam and the GRE

Candidates who have obtained scores equal to or greater than the minimum scores defined in Table 2 below, as appropriate, will be invited to the Interview.

Table 2: Minimum Score of Candidates – Specific Knowledge

Exam Minimum score Maximum score
PPGEM Entry Examination 5,0 10,0
GRE 157 (quantitative) 170
3,0 (analytical) 6,0
3. Foreign language proficiency exams

3.1. For Brazilian Candidates

For the entry of Brazilian candidates to the PPGEM (Master’s), it is desirable, but not mandatory, previous demonstration of proficiency in English. It should be noted, however, that the requirement of English language proficiency is one of the requirements for enrollment in the Course Qualification Exam (according to the PPGEM Regulation).

The English proficiency exams accepted by PPGEM, as well as their respective validity periods and minimum required scores, are indicated below:

  • CL-FFLCH-USP (Specific Exam for PPGEM, prepared by the Language Centerof the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences at USP): carried out in the last three years. Minimum score: 7 (seven) for the exam at the Master’s level (translation and text comprehension);
  • IELTS: (International English Language Testing System): obtained in the last three years. Minimum score: 5 (five) for Master’s;
  • TOEFL-IBT (Test of English as Foreign Language – Internet Based Test): obtained in the last three years. Minimum score of 61 (sixty-one) points for a Master’s degree;
  • TOEFL-ITP (Assessment Series): obtained in the last two years. Minimumscore of 500 for Master’s;
  • CAMBRIDGE FCE (First Certificate in English) or CAMBRIDGE CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): obtained in the last five years. Minimum degree C in CAMBRIDGE FCE for Master;
  • MICHIGAN ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English): obtained in the last five years. Minimum grade C1.

3.2. For Foreign Candidates

For the admission of foreign candidates to the PPGEM (Master’s), it is desirable, but not mandatory, the previous demonstration of proficiency in English. It should be noted, however, that the requirement of English language proficiency is a requirement for enrollment in the Course Qualification Exam (according to the PPGEM Regulation). The English language proficiency exams accepted by PPGEM, as well as their respective validity periods and minimum required scores, are the same indicated initem 3.1 of this Notice.

4. Important Dates
  • 09/14/2020: Registration opens.
  • 10/26/2020: Deadline for registration in the selection process.
  • 11/09/2020: At 09h, Written exam for candidates for Master’s degree.
  • 11/24/2020: Deadline for disclosure of the list of candidates called for the oral argument.
  • 07 to 12/17/2020: Oral argument (see note below).
  • 12/21/2020: Deadline for disclosure of the list of approved for enrollment in the Master’s.
  • To be confirmed: Registration at the PPGEM secretariat.

Note:

  1. The admission exam will take place remotely, using the Moodle system. After receiving the registration, PPGEM will send an email containing information for registration in Moodle and about the test procedure.
5. Final Observations for Foreign Students

According to USP regulations, for foreign students approved in the selection process, when enrolling in the graduate program, it is mandatory to present a valid visa to stay in Brazil, obtained at the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin (the PPGEM Secretariat will provide a letter of acceptance for entry of the visa application), and a valid National Registry of Foreigners (RNE) or protocol for requesting the document to be sent to the Federal Police of Brazil, with the RNE number.

Exceptionally, enrollment may be made only with a passport and a valid visa, provided that it is accompanied by proof of scheduling the Registration / Issuance of a Foreigner’s Identity Card issued by the Federal Police; in this case, after the student’sappearance at the Federal Police, the interested party must present the protocol / document issued by the Federal Police, with the RNE number, within the maximum period of 15 days, to regularize the registration.

In order to avoid delays in issuing the visa and RNE, it is recommended that foreign students do not wait for the final result to be released and only then make the scheduling of the entry of the visa application at the Embassies / Consulates of Brazil in their home countries and RNE in the Federal Police.