Local Member Chapters

Past Brazil Member Chapter Events

ABM Week — October 2019
Students from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Synergy Student Chapters, along with officers from the AIST Brazil Member Chapter, attended ABM Week at the Pro Magno Event Center in São Paulo, Brazil. The event, hosted by ABM (Brazilian Metallurgy, Materials and Mining Association), took place on 1–3 October 2019. It is considered the largest metallurgy congress in Brazil. 
The students volunteered their time to work the booth and promote AIST programs and membership to attendees.

1. At the AIST booth at ABM Week, some of the VFMG students volunteered their time to promote AIST membership and programming (left to right): Filipe Teixeira, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Manoel Franco, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais; Arthur Gonzaga, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais; Gabriel Mourão, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto; Giovanna Carneiro, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais; Adria Caroba, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto; and Ernesto Rheinboldt, Brazil Member Chapter secretary-treasurer and Tallman Technologies Inc. 2. On 1–3 October 2019, students and AIST Brazil Member Chapter officers were in attendance at ABM Week in São Paulo, Brazil.

Industry 4.0 and Smart Maintenance Seminar — February 2019
On 21 February 2019, the Brazil Member Chapter and the student chapters from Synergy and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), with the support of Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil (VSB), hosted the inaugural Industry 4.0 and Smart Maintenance Seminar in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.  Chapter chair Lothar Birkhäuser, industrial director/chief operating officer of VSB, together with Alexandre Lyra, chief executive officer of VSB, opened the seminar.
The successful event attracted 178 attendees and demonstrated a strong collaboration of industry-university sustainable relations.
Seventeen presentations covered subjects such as smart predictive maintenance models and tools, the development of machine learning sensors, deep data analytics for real-time equipment status, and failure prediction alarms/actions to avoid non-programmed stops. 
Students and professors from six universities — UFMG, Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, Instituto Federal de Minas Gerais, Federal Center for Technological Education of Rio de Janeiro, Pontifical Catholic University and Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto — presented their developments in Industry 4.0-related areas. The students assisted with organizing and promoting the event.
In addition to VSB, engineers representing ArcelorMittal, Gerdau, Aperam

1. The Brazil Member Chapter’s Industry 4.0 and Smart Maintenance Seminar was held in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, on 21 February 2019. 2. Brazil Member Chapter chair Lothar Birkhäuser, VSB, addressed the attendees at the seminar.

New award in honor of Lucas Criscuolo — September 2018
The AIST Brazil Chapter has established a new award in honor of Lucas Criscuolo, an AIST member and engineer at Vallourec Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil who was killed in a car accident in May 2017.
The award aims to honor young students and junior engineers who are involved in the complex technologic, economic, and human resources in iron and steel industry subjects. The judges to select the awardee(s) are composed of active industry, university, and senior AIST Brazilian Member Chapter members. The R$2,000 award will be given every two years. The selection will be open only to AIST student members in Brazil.
The Brazil Member Chapter aims to motivate young professionals toward excellence in their academic pursuits, technical skills and leadership in the iron and steel industry. Lucas Criscuolo, to his peers, educators, supervisors, student members of AIST and advisors, fully represented all those abilities, being able to inspire awe in every person he met. This award is intended to be a motivation tool for the distinguished engineers of the next generations and let his name serve as a strong example of a gifted person and professional in the industry.

Celebration  November 2014
The AIST Brazil Member Chapter and the Material Advantage student chapter at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) hosted a celebration in honor of Prof. Klaus Schwerdtfeger’s 80th birthday on Saturday, 1 November 2014 in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. Forty-five attendees gathered to honor Prof. Schwerdtfeger for his work as a longtime lecturer for the Brazilian students.

Tribute Ceremony — September 2012
On 13 September, the AIST Brazil Member Chapter paid tribute to Jadir Cruz for his 35 years of dedication in mastering charcoal blast furnace technology and also for his 25 years of service at V&M do Brazil as number one master foreman.