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Welcome to Graduate Program in Energy (PGEN) at Ufes

The Energy Graduate Program started its activities in Abril of 2011 at the São Mateus-ES campus of Federal University of Espírito Santo, which is located in Litorâneo, a neighborhood of Sao Mateus Town.

Its main objective is the study of energy production, processing, oil and gas as well as the development of energy-efficient materials, technologies and processes.
In a complementary way, the Program is based on more specific objectives, namely:
1. Form researchers with training in the area of Engineering and Exact Sciences.
2. Develop research, focusing on solving regional problems concerning the chemical and oil industry.
3. Qualify human resources to work in the areas of development and research, as well as for the exercise of higher education in Engineering.
4. Perform advanced studies, develop and execute research projects in the area of Engineering, technology and management of energy systems.
5. Generate and consolidate research and scientific production, through the training of researchers, teachers and other professionals qualified to work in the area of Engineering.


In 2006, the advent of new undergraduate courses at UFES, Campus São Mateus-ES, brought doctors in several areas of knowledge. The interaction between these professors coming from distinct fields enabled the formation of interdisciplinary research groups, motivating the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary program in the field of Engineering / Management and Technology.
The Energy Graduate Program (PPGEN / UFES) started its activities in April 2011 with 16 permanent professors and 5 collaborators. This varied group of physics, chemists, and engineers belonged to the Departments of Natural Sciences (DCN), Engineering and Technology (DETEC) and Computing and Electronics (DCEL) of UFES, Campus in São Mateus-ES.
Located in São Mateus-ES, in the northern region of the State, the Program attends 75 municipalities belonging to the North of Espírito Santo, South of Bahia, and Northeast of Minas Gerais, with an estimated population of 3 million inhabitants. Bachelor's degree students in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics can participate in the selective process to be students of the Energy Graduate Program (PPGEN). Also, graduating undergraduate students from the courses mentioned above, who prove the probable completion of the course on a date prior to enrollment in the Program, can participate.
In the beginning, the Program used the laboratory infrastructure and classrooms from undergraduate courses at UFES, Campus São Mateus-ES. At the end of 2013, the year in which the first defense of a master's dissertation took place, the 960m2 Energy Graduate Program building was inaugurated to host the classrooms and laboratories of the Program. In order to optimize space and resources available, all the Program's laboratories are multi-users, coordinated by permanent teachers of the Program. As of 2014, the Laboratories were being consolidated with the resources from REUNI and institutional financing projects such as FINEP and CAPES Pro-equipment funds. In continuous updating, the laboratories are maintained and renovated with resources from the Program's research projects.
Since 2015 the Program has been carrying out actions that allow the improvement of its permanent faculty. In 2019, about 30% of professors had already completed Post Doctorate. Such a strategy allows us to promote and continuously renew the interaction of the Program with other research centers, national and foreign universities.
To improve the Program's concept, since 2016, an annual assessment of the scientific and technological production of teachers is carried out. The accreditation / non-accreditation of teachers occurs every two years. With interdisciplinary research objectives, accredited professors present diversified disciplinary training consistent with the area of concentration, lines, and research projects.

In 2019 the Program had 12 permanent teachers, 5 collaborators, and there were 94 defended dissertations. In the Scopus database, the Program's teachers achieve an average h index of 6, WHEREas, in the academic Google database, they obtain an average h5 of 9. These indices quantify the number of citations, highlighting the quality and impact of the intellectual production of the Program in the concentration area. In other words, in the Scopus database, 6 articles published by the Program's teachers receive 6 or more citations, WHEREas, in the Google database, program researchers have 9 published articles and obtain 9 or more citations.
Following is a detailed list of permanent professors, the h index on the Scopus base that refers to production until 2020, and the h5 index (Google Scholar) that includes citations for the period between 2015 and 2020.

Ana Paula Meneguelo - Scopus (3); Google scholar (5)
Daniel da Cunha Ribeiro- Scopus (3); Google scholar (4)
Eduardo Perini Muniz- Scopus (5); Google scholar (6)
George Ricardo Santana Andrade- Scopus (9); Google scholar (11)
Gisele de Lorena Diniz Chaves -Scopus (3); Google scholar (12)
Laura Marina Pinotti- Scopus (8); Google scholar (9)
Marcelo Silveira Bacelos- Scopus (8); Google scholar (10)
Maria de Fatima Pereira dos Santos - Scopus (10); Google scholar (13)
Oldrich Joel Romero Guzman- Scopus (5); Google scholar (8)
Paulo Sergio da Silva Porto - Scopus (3); Google scholar (5)
Taisa Shimosakai de Lira- Scopus: (9); Google scholar (10)
Wanderley Cardoso Celeste- Scopus (7); Google scholar (10)
The research projects of the Program in the interdisciplinary Engineering / Technology / Management area are mainly directed to the research lines of energy efficiency, oil, gas, and renewable energies. Currently, 77% of the Program's research projects have the participation of students and more than 2 (two) professors in the Program.
The curriculum structure and research lines of the Program were designed to support the teaching and research activities that make up the Program's concentration area. PPGEN is formed by 3 (three) different areas of Engineering / Technology / Management and seeks to maintain the balance of these different areas on the curriculum structure and lines of research.
Compared to the previous four-year period (2013-2016), the Program reduced by 53% the number of projects registered in the Sucupira government data basis (from 49 to 26 projects). In 2019, the Program had 26 projects: 13 projects in the energy efficiency research line and 13 projects in the oil, gas, and renewable energy line, thus balancing the number of projects between the research lines.

The Program is the only one interdisciplinary Program at UFES, the 4th (fourth) interdisciplinary Program in the State and the only one in the State in the Engineering / Management / Technology area. In this way, the Program plays a vital role in the development of the Northern region of the State of Espírito Santo, notably an area whose socioeconomic indexes are below the state and national average. The region has a strong appeal for energy due to its importance in the production of oil and natural gas, ethanol and energy-intensive industries (granites / ornamental stones, furniture, metal mechanics, vehicles, ceramics, electric motors, among others). The Program's role is even more evident with the Federal Government's Ministry of Mines and Energy's REATE program, which seeks to revitalize oil and natural gas exploration and production activities in onshore areas, WHERE new and small businesses will be attracted to the region. In this sense, the presence of the graduate program in energy is essential to promote research that contributes to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering and technology, and also to supply the job market with human resources with excellence qualification.
The strong interaction of the Program's professors with students and alumni has promoted the development of knowledge in the interdisciplinary Energy / Technology / Management area. In this way, the support of professors to the Program's graduates resulted in the nucleation of a new research group (NEPE; and the creation of a new graduate program at IFES, Campus São Mateus-ES. The research group NEPE, from IFES São Mateus-ES, has a 60% participation of graduates from PPGEN / UFES, while the new Lato Senso graduate program in energy efficiency has a participation of 30% of graduates from PPGEN / UFES.


With a focus on Energy, the curricular structure has been designed to support the fields of knowledge that constitute the primary area of concentration of interdisciplinary research Engineering/technology/management. In 2011, the Program had, as curriculum components, 4 mandatory courses and 4 optional courses with 45 hours each, totaling 24 credits.

In 2013, new mandatory curricular components were created, so that the program proposal could achieve an integrating character between areas of knowledge. The new mandatory subjects allow the convergence of two or more fields and are taught by professors with diversified disciplinary training, ensuring the emergence of a student profile distinct from those already in existence and with a robust and integrating basic training.

The entry of students in the Post-graduation Program in Energy is annual. The course enrollment is semiannual and follows the academic calendar of graduation. Regular students take 4 mandatory subjects and 2 optional subjects with 4 credits each, summing a total of 24 credits. CAPES, CNPq, and FAPES scholarship students carry out a teaching internship under the supervision of the supervising professor in undergraduate courses. According to the rules of UFES, Campus São Mateus-ES, post-graduation students can teach in theoretical or practical classes with a workload of up to 30% of the total of the discipline. The defense of the dissertation and the English proficiency exam do not generate credits for students in the Program. The English proficiency exam is part of the selection process for incoming students. The selection process for regular students is divulged in the form of public notice. The assessment consists of a test of specific knowledge on the subject of Energy and curriculum analysis.

Currently, the student must take 4 (four) mandatory subjects and 2 (two) optional subjects. The compulsory subjects are subjects for the researcher's training and provide students with the fundamentals of the area of ​​concentration. The 2 (two) optional are subjects to support the lines of research. The curricular structure was planned and established in order to present coherence with the area of ​​concentration, thus allowing the consolidation of the Program's research lines.

Both compulsory and optional subjects are taught by 2 (two) or 3 (three) professors with diversified disciplinary training. Expository and dialogued classes are used as teaching techniques, and may also have audiovisual resources. For practical classes, these are held in the laboratories of the program building.

Professors are recommended to use more than one student grading instrument, including group work. The main focus is to consolidate the idea that problems can be solved using collaborations between disciplines Engineering, Technology, and Management, generating new methodologies and knowledge in the area.

Upon completion of the credits, the student enrolls in a dissertation project activity, thus maintaining the link with the Program. The Qualification Exam is mandatory, needs to be done before the 14th month of admission, and consists of the oral and written presentation of the master's thesis proposal. The defense of a master's dissertation can occur with a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months. In order to obtain a master's degree, at least one article submission to national or international journals is required, with peer review with Qualis CAPES B1 (minimum), or at least 1 (one) deposit of patent classified by CAPES as T4 or T3.

Beginning in the second semester, incoming students are placed in research projects of the Program with the participation of two or more professors. This assures students will develop competencies and skills on complex topics as well as the exchange of information and knowledge spontaneously and collaboratively. These are the indispensable requirements in conducting interdisciplinary research work.


Here is presented a detailed sequence of mandatory subjects and activities developed by the students in the Program for each semester, as well as the titles of the Program's courses.

In the first semester, the student must take the 4 (four) mandatory courses, thus totaling 12 (twelve) credits. These address the fundamentals of the Program's areas of concentration, namely: 1-Energy Systems Management (Cr: 4, CHS: 60); 2- Conservation Principles (Cr: 4, CHS: 60); 3) Fundamentals in Energy (Cr: 4, CHS: 60) and 4- Energy Seminars (Cr: 4, CHS: 60).

In the second semester, the student must take up to 2 optional courses, totaling 12 credits. Each optional subject has Cr: 4 and CHS: 60. The optional disciplines currently listed are: 1) Technologies for Fuel Production; 2) Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Production and Processing, 3) Topics in the oil industry and 4) Current topics in Renewable Energy, 5) Process Engineering, 6) Logistics and Transport; 7) Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials, 8) Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization, 9) Digital Signal Processing, 10) Optimization Methods and 11) Design of experiments.

The third semester of a student in the Program is primarily dedicated to the development of research and the conduct of teaching internships. In this semester, the student must undergo the qualification exam (between 12 to 14 months from the start). The defense of a master's dissertation is usually in the fourth and last semester (up to 24 months). In this last period, the student must also be dedicated to writing articles for submission to journals and participating in congresses, workshops, and symposia.

The topics presented in each discipline are listed on the webpage:

The program is based in São Mateus-ES, offering the course of Postgraduate Program in Energy since 2011 and has an academic qualification profile certified by CAPES, receiving 3 on its last evaluation.

The program already has 117 masters and counts with 25 students regularly enrolled, all of them being masters.

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