This month I attended to the CMAC-SE 2015 Academic Conference as a special guest to take part in a round table discussion titled “University and Industry: an important development partnership”.
The CMAC-SE is a regional event focused in the Southeast region of Brazil, promoted by SBMAC, the Brazilian Society of Applied and Computational Mathematics. The main topics covered in this conference are Mathematical Modeling and Computational Methods, which are, in essence, the basis of my research area.
I was the only one to represent the industry in this discussion among three admirable researchers: Dr. Romes Antonio Borges (from UFG), Dr. Yuan Jin Yun (from UFPR) and Dr. Antônio Castelo Filho (from USP).
Roundtables has been always a great way to bring together people of differing opinions, experiences and viewpoints to discuss relevant issues. The university-industry partnership is an important social development mechanism and that was the inspiration for this session.
Dr. Isaac P. Santos opened the discussion with the following question:
“Talk about interesting experiences of yours, involving partnership between University and Industry, highlighting success stories, cases of failure, attention points and lessons learned or taught from these experiences. Try to consider several points of view in your answer: Researchers, Industry Professionals, Teachers and Students.“
and there we´ve gone …!