On May 12th, 13th and 14th the Engineering School at UFMG in Brazil hosted an event organized by UFMG alumni with the goal of connecting students with industry in the city of Belo Horizonte. The event was called “RUPTURA – What am I doing with my life?” (Ruptura translates to “disruption”). UMFG alums and entrepreneurs Joana Bratz and Rodrigo Miranda believe that the University is meant for much more than just watching classes and instigated students to “think outside the box.”

Ruptura Brazil

SCET Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu; UFMG alum Joana Bratz, SCET staff and UC Berkeley student Danielle Vivo; SCET Managing Director, Ken Singer; UFMG alum Rodrigo Miranda and Dean of UFMG Engineering, Professor Alessandro Moreira

The partnership between SCET and the Engineering School of UFMG brought to the event the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship through a 24 hour Bootcamp where 150 students had to work around the clock to form teams, come up with an idea, validate and present their product through a video commercial. On Saturday morning May 14th, the best projects were presented and judged by a panel of Industry from the Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais (FIEMG), Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) business school and the Science and Technology Center of Minas Gerais.

Check out the photos at our Facebook album below:

See more photos and read more about the event on RUPTURA’s facebook page.

Remembering Professor Pinotti

Besides working to educate students in entrepreneurship, partners, students, and collaborators also remembered Professor Marcos Pinotti, an innovator and educator who passed away earlier this year. Professor Pinotti’s work helped lead to cross-industry and cross discipline collaborations (including with SCET). Professor Pinotti was named among the world’s 100 prominent scientists in bioengineering and was called “Mr. Patent” in Brazil. He promoted international cooperation among engineers, scientists and business-people of Brazil, Russia, Italy, United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and many other countries which led to innovations and projects.




Belo Horizonte_MG, 29-05-2013, 14h00: Premio Fundep com o professor Marcos Pinotti, na Escola de Engenharia da UFMG Hugo Cordeiro / PHOTOGRAPH

Professor Pinotti