Who was Augustín Ferrante

Professor Agustin Juan Ferrante was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 14th, 1938; son of Italian immigrants living in a working class neighborhood. He excelled early in his studies and went on to obtain an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, where he distinguished himself as a young engineer.

Based on his bright prospects, he obtained a scholarship to pursue a Master degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964, which turned into a doctorate degree as he developed novel research in computational structural methods. The connections he made and the experience gained during this period significantly shaped the rest of his career, including lifelong friendships with several outstanding engineers and a commitment to learning and teaching state-of-the-art structural analysis.

On return to Argentina, he accepted a position as a professor in the Computational Center of the Department of Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires. From there, he began a long career as a leading academic professor in Brazil, where he was instrumental in developing and managing high-caliber graduate programs. Furthermore, he established strong links between academia and industry, as he pursued the strengthening of applied research programs.

In particular, his involvement with the Graduate Engineering Project Coordination (COPPE) center (via the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ) and the Brazilian multinational energy company PETROBRAS resulted in significant contributions in the area of advanced structural analysis in offshore engineering applications throughout the end of the 1970s and the 1980s.

Professor Ferrante idealized and organized the first CILAMCE as well as other CILAMCE editions in the following years. After this period, Prof. Ferrante moved to Italy, where he translated his recognized analytical expertise into a consulting appointment as the director and senior engineer of ISC International, STRUDL Europe Srl, and STRUDL (UK) Limited. In this capacity, he successfully performed a wide range of structural analyses in various applications throughout the world. In his long career, Prof. Ferrante always maintained an unwavering dedication to the field of structural engineering, to the fostering of his multiple professional relationships, and the developmental support of engineers (particularly, the younger generation).

Professor Ferrante passed away unexpectedly at his home in Vedano al Lambro, Italy, on June 13th, 2009 leaving an immense void in his family, friends and colleagues.

Adapted from: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/general-news/obituary-agustin-ferrante.html

Important Rules

The Agustin Ferrante Award is intended to motivate young researchers who are participating in the Research Beginners Mini-Symposium.

• All students with an accepted abstract at the Research Beginners Mini-Symposium are encouraged to apply to the Award.
• The work must have only two authors: the undergraduate student and the advisor.
• Graduate students who obtained their degree after December 2015 can also apply.
• The best contributions will be pre-selected for oral presentation during the conference.
• An award committee designated by ABMEC will evaluate and rank these pre-selected works during the oral presentation.
• During the event dinner ceremony the three best ranked works will receive an award and a certificate.

How to apply

To apply to the Agustin Ferrant Award award it is necessary:

• A full-length paper (10 pages maximum), in addition to the 5 pages extended abstract, which must be written using official template of CILAMCE (to download template click here [soon]).
• A recommendation letter, in PDF format, from student supervisor indicating the student undergraduate course year and/or semester and a classification of the project (IC, PET, etc) related to the developed work.
• More detailed instructions will be announced opportunely.

Award Committee Coordinators

Coming soon.