November 22, 2007

Finalists of 6th Alcoa Award for Aluminum Related Innovation Defined

Out of this year’s 1,347 submissions, 11 were selected to compete in the major final.

The 6th Alcoa Award for Aluminum Related Innovation already has its finalists. Out of this year’s 1,347 submissions, 11 were selected to compete in the major final. The winners will be announced during the November 28 award ceremony to be held at Estação São Paulo (Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625), in the Pinheiros district of the São Paulo State capital. Management of residues, alternative stoves, aluminum prosthesis for transfemural amputees and portable laptop computer tables are among the projects of the student and professional modes that are in the running for the award. 

The submissions that ranked as finalists in the Project Category (student mode) were a non-motorized urban transportation vehicle by Thiago Augusto de Mendonça Caldeira, from the Architecture and Urbanism course of Centro Universitário do Leste de Minas Gerais; design and inclusion: a folding walking aid by Kauré Ferreira Martins and Eduardo de Mattos Egydio, from the Industrial Design course of Universidade Estadual Paulista; and Ivoleg – an aluminum prosthesis for transfemural amputees, by Carlos Henrique Morellato, from the Design Technology course of Centro Universitário Vila Velha (state of Espírito Santo).

The honorable mentions in this category went to Nei de Souza Lima, from the Environmental Technology course of Universidade Estadual de Maringá (state of Paraná), for his aluminum boy, and Jussara Ribeiro, Luiz Fernando Vales, Tiago Ribeiro Neves and Vinicius Girardi Silva, enrolled in the Electrical Engineering course of Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (state of São Paulo), for a brake system.

The professional finalists in the Project category were Leonardo Molinar, Luiz Gustavo de Lima Batista and Wesley Morais Silva, advertising professional and designers, respectively, from Goiânia (state of Goiás), for a thoraco-lumbar pedestal; Louise Brasileiro Quirino, Herbert L. Santos da Rocha and Itamar Ferreira da Silva, designers from Campina Grande (state of Paraíba), for a portable laptop computer table and Lutero Proscholdt Almeida, an architect from Viana (state of Espírito Santo), for his Armadillo – Hausmachine.

The honorable mention in this category was granted to Milton André Garcia Sola, a designer from São Carlos (state of São Paulo), for his work on aluminum, sustainability and innovation in packaging development. 

“We’re quite satisfied with the submissions. The participants’ creativity has drawn a lot of comments from the supporters and evaluating commission. Every year we see fairly interesting projects, which has been a striking factor. In this edition we also have the participation of professionals who have an opportunity to display their talents”, states Franklin Feder, Alcoa Latin America’s president. 

Sustainability
In the area of Management Planning (student mode), the finalists are Alice Medeiros de Lima, Thályta Fraga Pacheco and Wilson Galvão de Morais Júnior, students from the Chemical Engineering course of Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (state of Minas Gerais), with Project Muar – management of urban aluminum residues. 

The other classified contestants were Paulo Henrique de Faria, Luciana A. Rodrigues, Luiz Fernando R. Alves and Márcio Hessel Verraci , students of Mechanical Manufacturing Technology at Centro Universitário de Itajubá (state of Minas Gerais), with work on an Alternative Stove. The other submission that qualified for the final was on environmental sustainability based on company-consumer integration, by Juliana P. Potiens, Flávia C. Cravo, Murilo Henrique C. Gomes, Natália P. Dariva and Nathalia T. Romero, from the Social Communication course of Universidade Estadual de Londrina (state of Paraná). 

As for the Management Planning finalists with professional status, they are Giovanni Maria Arrigone and Cristine do Nascimento Mutti, teachers from Florianópolis (state of Santa Catarina), with a light tube for lighting environments using aluminum drinks cans. The researchers from Itajubá (state of Minas Gerais), Marcos André de Oliveira, Carlos Henrique Pereira Mello and Eduardo Miguel da Silva, with their aluminum seal and innovation of the recycling cycle in the pursuit of sustainability - were the last ones to win the right to take part in the final. 

The criteria for choosing the Project and Management Planning categories’ finalists include the proposal’s degree of innovation, the feasibility of development into a product, creativity and planning quality (except for Management Planning). 

Yet another distinguishing feature in this year’s awards is that all the students who reached the final in each category will win R$1 thousand. The same applies to the professionals that are competing for the award. As for the students’ advisors, they will win a palmtop and a certificate. 

The student or team that the evaluation commission chooses as the author of the best submission in each category will receive a prize of R$9 thousand and a trophy, with another R$5 thousand going to the respective professor – advisor. The teaching institution to which the award-winner belongs will be given teaching equipment worth R$5 thousand. As for the professionals, they will be entitled to an R$11 thousand in both categories. 

Students from almost all Brazilian states, enrolled in the Design, Social Communication, Business Administration, Architecture and Urbanism, Engineering, Economics, Physiotherapy, and Fashion courses, among others, of many educational institutions, registered this year to compete for the Award, with the idea of producing studies on the countless possibilities that aluminum offers, besides contributing to the sustainable development of the aluminum chain of production. Among the professionals, the bulk of registrations came from designers, business administrators and engineers. 

Support 
One of the novelties of the Alcoa Award for Aluminum Related Innovation this year concerned the collaboration of ABAL (the Brazilian Aluminum Association), which provided technical support lectures to the registered contestants. As in the preceding award contest, this one also had the institutional support of entities such as IAB (the Brazilian Architects Institute), the Engineering Institute, UniEthos, AEnD-BR (the Higher Level Design Teaching/Research Association of Brazil), ADP (the Product Designers Association), ABM (the Brazilian Metallurgy and Materials Association) and the São Paulo Design Center.

Technical Particulars of the work of the 11 finalists: 

Project Category – Student Mode 

- Non motorized urban transportation vehicle: 
Author: Thiago Augusto de Mendonça Caldeira
Advisor: Robson Gomes da Silva 
School / Course: Centro Universitário do Leste de Minas Gerais - Architecture and Urbanism – Cel. Fabriciano (state of Minas Gerais)

- Design and Inclusion - folding walking aid project: 
Authors: Kauré Ferreira Martins and Eduardo de Mattos Egydio
Advisor: Luis Carlos Paschoarelli
School / Course: Universidade Estadual Paulista - Industrial Design - Bauru (state of São Paulo)

- Ivoleg – aluminum prosthesis for transfemural amputees 
Author: Carlos Henrique Morellato
Advisor: Sérgio Ronaldo Skrypnik Michalovzkey
School / Course: Centro Universitário Vila Velha – Design Technology - Vila Velha, state of Espírito Santo

Project Category – Professional Mode

- Thoraco-lumbar Pedestal 
Authors: Leonardo Molinar, Luiz Gustavo de Lima Batista and Wesley Morais Silva
Profession: advertising professional and designers
City: Goiânia (state of Goiás)

- Portable table for laptop computer 
Authors: Louise Brasileiro Quirino, Herbert L. Santos da Rocha and Itamar Ferreira da Silva
Profession: designers
City: Campina Grande (state of Paraíba)

- Armadillo - Hausmachine
Authors: Lutero Proscholdt Almeida 
Profession: architect
City: Viana (state of Espírito Santo)

Management Planning Category - Student Mode 

- Muar – management of urban aluminum residues 
Authors: Alice Medeiros de Lima, Thályta Fraga Pacheco and Wilson Galvão de Morais Júnior
Advisor: Mauro Marques Burjaili
School / Course: Universidade Federal de Uberlândia – Chemical Engineering - Uberlândia (state of Minas Gerais)

- Alternative Stove
Authors: Paulo Henrique de Faria, Luciana A. Rodrigues, Luiz Fernando R. Alves and Márcio Hessel Verraci 
Advisor: Ana Paula Silva Figueiredo
School / Course: Centro Universitário de Itajubá – Mechanical Manufacturing Technology – Itajubá (state of Minas Gerais)

- Environmental sustainability based on company-consumer integration 
Authors: Juliana P. Potiens, Flávia C. Cravo, Murilo Henrique C. Gomes, Natália P. Dariva, Nathalia T. Romero
Advisor: Maria Amélia Miranda Pirolo
School / Course: Universidade Estadual de Londrina – Social Communication – Londrina (state of Paraná)

The authors intend to spur a greater interest in packaging recycling among companies and consumers. 

Management Planning Category – Professional Mode 

- Light tube for lighting environments using aluminum drinks cans
Authors: Giovanni Maria Arrigone and Cristine do Nascimento Mutti
Profession: Teachers
City: Florianópolis (state of Santa Catarina) 

- The aluminum seal and recycling cycle innovation in the pursuit of sustainability 
Authors: Marcos André de Oliveira, Carlos Henrique Pereira Mello and Eduardo Miguel da Silva
Profession: Researchers
City: Itajubá (state of Minas Gerais) 

About Alcoa 
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc., the world’s leading company in the production and transformation of aluminum, which operates in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, construction, transport and industrial markets, and has been in Brazil for 42 years. The Company has 123,000 employees in 44 countries and is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the sixth time. Alcoa is one of the founder-members of the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an association of 10 major North American companies and environmental NGOs, dedicated to working to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.