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"When the Brazilian government implemented the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, it sounded to me like a miracle in my life. Indeed, it is a miracle, due to the fact that it means an opportunity to learn, in one year, what I have not learned during my entire life. I was admitted at Lawrence Technological University on February 22nd. It was, the most rewarding day of my life. I arrived in America on August 17th, and since then, it has been, for me, a life-changing experience."
Jorge Damiao Barbosa das Chagas, Faculdade De Tecnologia De São Jose Dos Campos, Brazil, September 2013 Student of the Month.
"My first month here I joined a cutting edge research project at Cornell related to wind energy harvesting in urban environments. New building shapes are being thought of that can optimize the wind energy extraction from wind turbines, and I did experiments in wind tunnels to test them.
During my internship, I went to a biotech company in California, Amgen Inc., where I could also get to know how advanced research is done in a corporate environment. There I met people from all over the world with a strong desire to succeed in life and help others along the way."
Rogerio Bonatti, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, September 2013 Student of the Month.
"Having the experience of living in a country different from yours is an opportunity that everybody should have the pleasure of enjoying. I'm here in the U.S. since the beginning of the year and it is, by far, the best choice I have made in my life. I could improve my English skills, see how the education system is in a country different from mine, and get in touch with a new culture and meet people from many places in the world. As if everything wasn't good enough, this year surprised me again with the Academic Training opportunity at The Boeing Company. As an Aerospace Engineering student, I couldn't ask for more."
Camila Belo Gomes Brito, Fundação Universidade Federal Do ABC, Brazil, July 2013 Student of the Month.
"I am working in the Heliophysics Department at NASA Goddard and we are developing a compact coronagraph. It is essentially a telescope that is pointed to the Sun. As the target is extremely bright, the concept, invented by the French astronomer Bernard Lyot, is to use an occulter to actually block the Sun, completely blocking direct sunlight, in order to allow us to study the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere (called corona). We are trying to prove that it is possible to build a compact coronagraph that will give us similar data as the traditional ones there are already in space, some actually launched by NASA. We hope to be able to send it to the International Space Station (ISS) someday. This academic training has been a fulfilling experience because I am developing mechanical design skills, learning new physical concepts and having an even greater hands on experience."
Trenton Roncato Juraszek, Universidade Federal Do Paraná, Brazil, June 2013 Student of the Month.
"My major is Civil Engineering, and, since construction in Brazil (in general) is still outdated in regards to technologies and optimization, learning how construction works here is maybe one of the most important things I will carry to my professional life. I think is really important to have other parameters to compare and to form an opinion about. Now I am in a research project with a master's student, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, about the ability of pervious concrete to remove pollutants of runoff water."
Mariane De Pieri, Universidade Tecnológica Federal Do Paraná, Brazil, June 2013 Student of the Month.