August 05, 2013

Alcoa Award announces  the finalists in the 11th edition


Each team in the finals will receive R$ 3,000 for developing the work

Alcoa has disclosed the finalists in the 11th edition of the Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Award. The objective of the competition is to encourage the use of aluminum – an infinitely recyclable material – to create innovative and sustainable solutions. The prize is given annually and in ten editions more than two thousand projects have been enrolled and one hundred and seventy-four universities have participated.

For Franklin L. Feder, CEO of Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean, the 11th edition of the Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Award is reason for the company to be proud: “Innovation is one of Alcoa’s values and that’s why it’s so important for the company to promote a competition that encourages the creativity of professionals and students for developing practical and sustainable solutions for the day-to-day life of society”, he emphasizes.


Check out below the 10 finalists:


Student category


Person responsible: Caio Medeiros Martins
Team:   Renan Andrade de Souza
Supervisor:  Edson Pinto Ferreira Filho
Institution:  Geraldo Di Biase University Center, Business Administration, Volta Redonda/RJ


Person responsible: Naiane Quirino De Biazi
Team:   Jessica Fateiga Camara
Supervisor:  Paula da Cruz Landim
Institution:  UNESP – Paulista State University – Bauru Campus, Design, Bauru/SP


Person responsible: Paloma Regina Bueno dos Santos
Team: Helena Pravata Bassetti, Juliana Miyuki Kawamura Machado e Marina Maria Vieira Rosa
Supervisor:  Vinicius Dotto Stump
Institution:  Sorocaba University, Architecture & Town Planning, Sorocaba/SP


Person responsible: Alex Daniel Ribeiro Pataro
Team: Luiz Gustavo da Silva Chagas e Pedro Henrique Benatti
Supervisor:  Evandro Fiorin
Institution: UNESP – Paulista State University - Presidente Prudente Campus, Architecture & Town Planning, Presidente Prudente/SP


Person responsible: Giovanni Bruno Monteiro Ferreira
Team: Débora Calumbi dos Santos e Flávio dos Santos Ferreira Junior
Supervisor: Carlos Rezende de Menezes
Institution: FATEC - São Paulo College of Technology – Luz Campus, Mechanical Technology –  Projects, São Paulo/SP


Professional category


Project: CACTUS
Person responsible: Leda Regina Gazza De Luca
Team: Juliana Feitosa Andrade e Lucas Ihara Alves
Cidade/UF:  São Paulo/SP


Person responsible: Haysler Apolinário Amoroso Lima
Team: Sofia de Souza Silva
Cidade/UF:  Santos/SP


Person responsible: Eduardo Kalinowski Netto
Team: Caetano Silva Lobo, Daniel Rombaldi Genaro, Guilherme de Moura and Vinícius Alberto Iubel
Cidade/UF:  Quatro Barras/PR


Person responsible: Thiago dos Santos Garcia
Team:   Mariana Pereira Melzi
Cidade/UF:  Santos/SP


Person responsible: André Sola
Team:   Waldir Costa Sola
Cidade/UF:  Guarulhos/SP



In the 1st stage all the projects received were assessed by a committee formed by managers from Alcoa, who selected the ten finalists for the next phase. The 2nd stage is the development of a three-dimensional model, for which each finalist group will receive R$ 3,000, and the personal presentation of the finalist projects to the Award Committee. After the presentation, the 10 finalists’ projects will be on display on October 21, 2013 at the Innova Convention Center, which will be a unique opportunity to get to know, talk to and have contact with the project designers.


The award ceremony and announcement of the winners will also take place in the same place in São Paulo, on October 22, 2013. Members of the teams in the finals in the two categories will be presented with a diploma and a smartphone. In the Student category, the supervising professor will also receive a smartphone. The student team that according to the judging committee comes first will receive a prize in money of R$ 15,000,  a trophy and a diploma. The team’s supervising professor will receive R$ 5,000, a trophy and a diploma. The teaching institution at which the prize-winning team studies will receive teaching equipment worth R$ 8,000.


In the Professional category the winners will receive a trophy, a diploma for each team member and the group will win a prize in money of R$ 15,000.


Clarification about the competition can be requested by email at Further information about the  Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Award can be found on the website




As in previous years the 11th Alcoa Innovation in Aluminum Award  can count on the institutional support of the main entities in the sector, like the Institute of Engineering (IE), Ethos Institute, Association of Higher level Education/Research in Design in Brazil (AEnD-BR), Association of Product Designers (ADP), Brazilian Association of Metal-working, Materials and Mining (ABM), Brazilian Association of Design Companies (ABEDESIGN) and technical support from the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL).


About Alcoa


Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.

In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at