November 19, 2008

Names of finalists in the 7th Alcoa Prize for Innovation in Aluminum announced

Of the hundreds of work enrolled this year, 12 have been selected for the grand final on December 16 

The 12 finalists of the 7th Alcoa Prize for Innovation in Aluminum have been chosen. The names of the winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on December 16 in the Brazilian British Centre (Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 741), in Pinheiros, São Paulo. Waste management, an ecologically responsible shower, an ergonomic chair and desk for high school students, a rack made from off-cuts from the automobile industry and a hydroponic planter are just some of the projects from the Student and Professional modalities that are competing for the Prize. 

The finalists in the Products & Applications category (for Students) were: Billiard table, by Lauro Sérgio Franco Júnior, from the Design course at UNESP (Paulista State University) in Bauru (SP); Eco-shower – favoring the environment, by Evandro Gutierrez, André Boccato Payolla, Guilherme Caetano Silva and Reinaldo Martins dos Santos, from the Mechanical Engineering course at the Piracicaba School of Engineering (SP); and ‘Aluns’ set: education, comfort and sustainability, by Maralise Lopes Silva, Fabiana Alves dos Santos, Juliano Peghini, Ligia de Freitas Françoso and Victor Leonardo de Souza Pereira, from the Design course at UNESP (Paulista State University) in Bauru (SP). 

The Professional finalists in the Products & Applications category are all from Rio de Janeiro: Mateus Frois Santa Catarina, aeronautical engineer, with his Portable pedal-powered boat, industrial designer Thiago de Aguiar Pessanha Gripp, with his Revolving bunk-bed and industrial designers Rodrigo Marques Ribeiro Guimarães and Ricardo de Moraes with ‘Compatto’ – favored service. This year there were no honorable mentions in either of the categories.

“We are proud and honored to have received the works that have been presented this year. The creativity of those taking part has been remarkable and widely commented upon by our supporters and the judging committee. This Prize has encouraged students and professionals to look for innovative solutions for the use of aluminum”, said Franklin L. Feder, president of Alcoa America Latina and the Caribbean. 

Sustainability 
Among the finalists in the Recycling Management (Student modality) are Mário André Leal dos Santos, Andressa Carraro and Silvia Trein Heimfarth Dapper from the Design course at the Feevale University Center, in Novo Hamburgo (RS), with their Product developed “using aluminum off-cuts from the automobile industry: rack”. Also classified were Nathalia Talarico Romero, Flávia Chiaramonti Cravo, Murilo Henrique Couto Gomes and Natália Polyana Dariva, Social Communication students from UEL (State university of Londrina, PR), with their CentrAL project: partnership, relationship and recycling. 

The professional finalists in this category are project engineers, Alexandre Ribeiro Cardoso, Diovani Reinaldo Gomes Ribeiro, Leandro Barsottini and Paulo Fonseca Junior from Itajubá (MG), with Exautaluz – aluminum cans producing electricity. Also selected were Eduardo Miguel da Silva and Marcos André de Oliveira, engineers from Itajubá (MG), with their project Sustainability and professionalization in recycling aluminum. 

The honorable mentions in this category were for Mechanical Engineering student Marcel Lara Tajiri, from UNITAU (University of Taubaté, SP), with his work, Use of aluminum cans in a hydroponic planter, and also for teachers Fabiana Ferreira Silva and Washington Ferreira Silva, from Santa Cruz do Capibaribe (PE), with their project, Playing and recreating aluminum in schools.

The Prize
Some of the criteria used for choosing the finalists in the Products & Applications category were the degree of innovation in the proposal, the feasibility of developing it as a product and its creativity. In the Recycling Management category the choice of finalists considered the relevance of the product or service; the degree of innovation and originality; the cost-benefit relationship (modest investment vs. multiple benefits); its application and sustainability potential (impact on the environment and contribution of the work to the problem or situation presented); and presentation.

All students with projects in the final in the two categories will receive R$1,500; the same applies for the professionals taking part in the Prize. The students’ tutors will receive a palm top and a diploma. 

The student or team responsible for the best work in each category will receive R$9000 and a trophy, with a further R$5000 for the respective tutor-professor. The teaching institution attended by the prize-winner will receive R$5000 in teaching equipment, while the professionals will receive a prize of R$11,000 in both categories.

Students from almost every state in Brazil from Design, Social Communication, Business Administration, Architecture and Urbanism, Engineering, Economics, Physiotherapy, Fashion and other courses and from many teaching institutions enrolled for the Prize this year, all of them with the idea of producing work from the countless possibilities that aluminum offers, in addition to contributing to the sustainable development of the aluminum production chain. Of the professionals enrolled for the Prize most were either architects, designers, administrators or engineers. 

The Alcoa Prize for Innovation in Aluminum is a scientific and cultural competition, the objective of which is to encourage and publicize the ideas of Brazilian students and professionals from the sector. 

This year 680 pieces of work were enrolled, coming from almost every Brazilian state. Both professionals and students took part in the competition with the aim of demonstrating the different ways of using aluminum and contributing to the sustainable development of the metal’s production chain. 

Support
The 7th Alcoa Prize for Innovation in Aluminum has the institutional support of the main sector entities, such as the IAB (Brazilian Institute of Architects) the Institute of Engineering, UniEthos (Education for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development), AEnD-BR (Association of University-level Teaching/Research in Design in Brazil), ADP (Association of Product Designers), ABM Brazilian Association of Metallurgy and Materials), ABEDESIGN (Brazilian Association of Design Companies) and the São Paulo Design Center. The Alcoa Prize also receives technical support from the ABAL (Brazilian Association of Aluminum). 

Technical details of the 10 pieces of work competing for the Prize

Recycling Management Category - Students

- Product developed using aluminum off-cuts from the automobile industry: Rack 
Authors: Mário André Leal dos Santos, Andressa Carraro and Silvia Trein Heimfarth Dapper
Tutor: Andrea Seadi Guanabara
School/Course: Feevale University Center – Design
City: Novo Hamburgo-RS

- CentrAL: partnership, relationship and recycling
Authors: Nathalia Talarico Romero, Flávia Chiaramonti Cravo, Murilo Henrique Couto Gomes e Natália Polyana Dariva 
Tutor: Patricia Soares Azoline Correa
School/course: State University of Londrina – Social Communication
City: Londrina-PR

Recycling Management Category - Professionals

- Exautaluz – aluminum cans producing electricity
Authors: Alexandre Ribeiro Cardoso, Diovani Reinaldo Gomes Ribeiro, Leandro Barsottini and Paulo Fonseca Junior 
Profession: Project engineers
City: Itajubá-MG

- Sustainability and professionalization in recycling aluminum
Authors: Eduardo Miguel da Silva and Marcos André de Oliveira
Profession: Engineers
City: Itajubá-MG

Products & Applications Category - Students


- Billiard table 

Author: Lauro Sérgio Franco Júnior
Tutor: Luis Carlos Paschoarelli
School/course: UNESP (Paulista State University) - Design 
City: Bauru-SP

- Eco-shower – favoring the environment 
Authors: Evandro Gutierrez, André Boccato Payolla, Guilherme Caetano Silva and Reinaldo Martins dos Santos
Tutor: Fernando de Lima Camargo
School/course: Piracicaba School of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering 
City: Piracicaba-SP

- ‘Aluns’ set: education, comfort and sustainability

Authors: Maralise Lopes Silva, Fabiana Alves dos Santos, Juliano Peghini, Ligia de Freitas Françoso and Victor Leonardo de Souza Pereira
Tutor: Luis Carlos Paschoarelli
School/course: UNESP (Paulista State University) - Design 
City: Bauru-SP

Products & Applications Category - Professionals


- Portable pedal-powered boat

Author: Mateus Frois Santa Catarina, 
Profession: Aeronautical Engineer
City: Rio de Janeiro-RJ

- Revolving bunk-bed
Author: Thiago de Aguiar Pessanha Gripp
Profession: Industrial Designer
City: Rio de Janeiro-RJ

- ‘Compatto’ – privileged service
Authors: Rodrigo Marques Ribeiro Guimarães and Ricardo de Moraes
Profession: Industrial Designers 
City: Rio de Janeiro-RJ

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