About the Program

Brief history

The Graduate Program in Mechanical Sciences of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Brasília, PCMEC, was first conceived in the early 2001 grounded on the philosophy of training masters and doctors to reach a distinguished capacity to interfere on the state-of-the-art in the field of Mechanical Sciences and provide them with the ability to act as autonomous producers of innovating knowledge and lead new centers of research and technology in an independent manner. For this purpose, we built a solid educational proposal in the subareas of Mechanical Engineering.

In 2002, lying on a recommendation by CAPES, PCMEC started its activities in the scope of master’s degree, and in 2005, also supported by CAPES, also started offering the doctorate course in Mechanical Sciences, which is still the doctorate course in topics of interest for the field of Mechanical Engineering in the Center-West region. Therefore, the program has a strategical, fundamental importance for human resources education and the scientific development in the region, among other factors.


The main strategical goals of the PCMEC in a social perspective are:

  • To train doctors in the scope of an autonomous capacity to produce disruptive knowledge at the state-of-the-art in Mechanical Sciences committed to a sustainable, innovating development;
  • To train masters in the areas of knowledge in the scope of the program able to apply scientific methodology in the solution of academic and industrial issues,

To produce innovating and excellence knowledge to generate impact on the solution of issues in the areas encompassed in the program.

Present time

Seventeen years after its opening, PCMEC has reached a level of academic maturity that allows us to provide the society with a standard of excellence and reference regarding its acting lines. Throughout its existence, PCMEC has presented a significant increase either in the level of educational excellence and the quality and quantity of its qualified production. The program has provided 209 masters and 63 doctors with training in the area of Mechanical Sciences until 2018 and published 450 scientific papers in A1 and A2 strata.

PCMEC has experienced a great leap over this quadrennium (2017-present), either regarding quality and quantity, based on its numbers. The program has offered training to 73 masters and 31 doctors in the area of Mechanical Sciences until July 2019. 51% of the intellectual production mentioned for the program counted with the participation of students and/or graduates, contrasting with only 38% in the areas of Engineering III, according to the content of a document published in 2019. When restricting it to a focus on intellectual production including co-authoring of students or graduates, based on the document of the abovementioned area, the area per se has half of the papers published in less representative strata, while 94.4% of the production from PCMEC counted with the participation of students or graduates in more significant strata. Over this quadrennium, 64.5% of the doctoral dissertations have generated intellectual production – all in A1 or A2 strata – and 63% of the master thesis resulted in publication in scientific events or very representative journals. The resources gathered by PCMEC through research projects over this quadrennium have numbered around 35 million in the Brazilian currency. The actions of internationalization and national insertion are many, including an invitation of keynote lecture in events abroad, awards for students in international conferences, programs of cooperation in the doctoral scope, courses of sandwich doctorate, research projects with international partnership, among others. Regarding out laboratory infrastructure, the program counts with experimental platforms of both national and international reference.

Currently, the PCMEC organizes in four research lines:

  • Mechanical System Dynamics
  • Energy and Environment
  • Fatigue, Fracture, and Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro

Asa Norte, Brasília-DF

CEP 70.910-900


Secretaria PCMEC: +55 (61) 3107-5673





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